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Energy Saving Tips in Setting-up Landscape Lighting

Thinking about setting up landscape lights but worried about how much energy it would consume?  Fret no more.  This article will help you turn your yard into a night time oasis without worrying about spending too much on electricity bills, and there is a good chance that you will also increase the value of your home.

Read on to learn how to illuminate your yard without worrying about power consumption.

•Add outdoor landscape lighting only when necessary – you don’t need to light up your entire garden now do you?  Add lights ONLY to places you want to illuminate, whether it is a flower bed or a focal point in your garden.  Besides, over-lighting your yard will turn it into an absolute eyesore.

•Opt for energy saving options – to light garden paths or garden spaces, you can choose solar lights.  Solar lights are a perfect alternative to high voltage light fixtures as they do not need to be wired to your home line voltage.  Choose the type with daylight sensors so they automatically turn on when the sun goes down.  You can also opt for low voltage systems.  These inexpensive light systems come in easy to use kits and they consume less power as they use only LED bulbs which consume 80 percent lesser than incandescent bulbs.

•For spotlighting, uplighting or other lighting techniques which highlight the focal points of your garden, you can opt for fluorescent or HID lights.  Contrary to what most believes, they emit large amounts of light with lesser amount of light compared to incandescent bulbs.  Plus, they’re more durable than their incandescent counterparts.

If you’re opting to illuminate your yard for security reasons, go for motion sensing lights.  These lights only go on when it senses movement.  You can place them where potential trespassers are most likely to pass and this can be an energy saving alternative to floodlights.

Benefits of LED Grow Lights

LED grow lampWhether you are growing plants indoors as a hobby or for commercial use, LED grow lights provide the gentleness of fluorescent lighting while adding the growing power of HIDs.  Along with the decreased costs associated with using LED growing lights, there are many plant growing benefits as well.

One important factor in growing plants is that plants will not use parts of the color spectrum in an equal way.  Photosynthetic pigments such as chlorophyll as well as carotene absorb light at a particular wavelength and very strongly.  Because of this, LED lighting can optimize the use of the right colors on the spectrum in the correct proportions.  Chlorophyll is a plant’s primary energy collecting pigment, so lighting that produces the correct absorption is essential for proper plant growth.  LED grow lights provide this advantage above the rest, utilizing almost all of the light emitted whereas HID lighting only generates about 35% of useful light.

LED lights also have a very long lifetime.  The typical grow light offers a guaranteed 50,000 hours of life.  If this is calculated to get an expectation on how long the bulbs will last, the equivalent to burning the bulb for 18 hours a day (taking hours out for dark hours), 365 days a year, for a total calculation of 7 years and 7 months.   So, your quality bulb will last over seven years – what an investment!  Even on the conservative side of 28,000 hours of life, as reviewed by www.naturaltechnology.net, the LED grow light is definitely a winner

LED lighting produces a very limited amount of heat.  In fact, you can touch the lighting and it will be warm to the touch, not scolding your hand like other lighting.  This provides advantages with your plants as well as in your garden.  It offers you the ability to grow tender plants next to vegetables in a versatile gardening environment.  Your workspace will require no ventilation or air conditioning, saving you energy costs and remodeling expenses.

Another cost saving advantage of LED grow lights, are that they cost nearly 75% lower in energy expenses.  These energy efficient lights run 365 days a year for 14 hours per day will cost only $33.00 on average.  Compare the HID lighting, which costs nearly $460.00 for the same running time.  That means you save over $400.00 per year on your electric bill alone.

In addition to annual electric bill savings, you will also save on disposal fees.  LED lighting contains no hazardous material such as mercury, lead and glass parts that are commonly found in HID lights.  HID lighting is hazardous to the environment, thus requiring special disposal.  These lights can only be disposed of at approved sites, costing a fee.  These fees can certainly add up, and with the longer lifespan of LED lights, you save not only in disposal fees but replacement fees as well.

In conclusion, there are numerous benefits to using LED grow lights in your commercial, personal, or research gardening facilities.  Aside from the fact that LED lighting is extremely geared to protecting the environment, they are cost efficient to run and maintain over time.  So not only can you save your money, you can save Mother Earth as well!