As Ambassadors of Outdoor Living, our mission is to help our clients enjoy Outdoor Living to the fullest possible extent — right on their own property. We can design and build virtually any naturescape conceived by the imagination. From a relaxing freshwater pond and waterfall accented by a deck of natural artisan stonework, to the ultimate swimming pool and outdoor kitchen, we thrive on creating custom outdoor experiences for our clients to appreciate for many years to come.
One of the best ways to extend the boundaries of any Outdoor Living environment, is to install landscape lighting. Not only will strategic light placement increase safety and security, but when done the right way it adds beauty and value to your property and better yet, extends the hours you can spend luxuriating in your natural getaway. And today’s technology offers a new generation of outdoor lighting options unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
LEDs or light-emitting diodes are quickly replacing more traditional light bulbs indoors as well as outdoors, and there are a number of good reasons.
Efficiency, Longevity, Safety
First, they’re very efficient. They draw substantially less energy in daily use, and can be manufactured using a fraction of the energy required to manufacture incandescent and halogen bulbs.
LEDs are also incredibly long lasting in comparison to their predecessors. In fact, a new LED light typically lasts between 35,000 and 50,000 hours, and can be frequently turned on and off with no effect to the lifetime or light emission of the lamp. Conversely, incandescent bulbs max out at 2,000 hours and halogens last between 2,000 and 6,000 hours — although that’s with minimal switch action, since frequent on/off switching dramatically reduces the lifespan of lower efficiency bulbs.
Additionally, LEDs emit 3.4 BTUs (British Thermal Units) per hour vs. 85 BTUs per hour emitted by incandescent bulbs. Halogens actually burn so much of their energy as heat that they’re a danger to people, pets, plants and have actually been outlawed for some uses, because they can be such a fire hazard.
Another safety benefit is that LEDs do not function on hazardous materials such as the halogen gas and mercury used in other types of lighting. So while LEDs actually address efficiency in a number of ways, they also solve several safety and environmental issues as well.
Now that we’ve shared some of the environmental and efficiency impacts of LED lighting technology, we’d like to focus on a few attributes that make them ideal for landscape lighting.
Flexibility At Your Fingers
They are versatile and come in an endless variety of shapes, with small sizes and low profiles, making them useful for places with space limitations. They’re available in a number of color hues and intensities, and since they produce very little infrared light and nearly no UV emissions, they don’t attract those annoying insects like other lighting does.
LEDs function well in extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, so they’ll stand up to our unpredictable midwest climate. And since they’re not made using delicate filaments or gasses found in glass bulbs, they’re far more durable too.
Perhaps our favorite thing about our LED landscape lighting systems, is the fact that its easy set the mood from your smartphone or tablet, even away from home. With just a few simple touches, you can control brightness, angle, color — the possibilities are as vast as the stars in the sky!
Of Course, Why Take Our Word For It?
“Thank you so much for going the extra mile to make our front yard ready for fall: I truly appreciate the high level of service and care that we receive from By The Blade. Our yard (outdoor living space!) looks phenomenal. We take so much pride in the exterior of our house and know that we have great partners in that with By The Blade.
“We are also enjoying the use of our blue lights to celebrate the Royals. Last evening, the house looked awesome with our blue illumination.
“Have a great day! — J.L.”