We’re just a few weeks away from Halloween, and Tampa homeowners are decorating their yards with jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and goblins. If you plan to use Halloween lighting on the outside of your home, it’s important that you take some precautions to prevent fires or injuries.
If you had your outdoor lighting system installed years ago, you probably still have the original halogen bulbs that came with it. Since then, LED lights have been introduced and are very popular — actually preferred — by many homeowners. Read on to find out why, and call us when you decide to upgrade your bulbs.
Reason 1: Bugs Don’t Like LED Outdoor Lighting
Many insects are drawn to hot, bright white or blue Halogen bulbs because of their UV light, but they don’t often fly toward cool white or yellow LED lights. This is mainly because they can’t see them as well. When it comes to outdoor lighting, a strong rule of thumb is that the lower the Kelvin (K) temperature, the more yellow the light will be, and the more yellow the light, the harder it is for bugs to see. If you replace the bulbs in your existing landscape lighting system with LED bulbs, you will most likely have fewer insects buzzing around your outdoor entertainment area.
Reason 2: You’ll Save on Energy Bills
Replacing a 30 watt halogen bulb with a 5 watt LED bulb can add up to 80% savings in electric usage. Just one bulb! While the initial investment in new LED bulbs may seem bigger than you’d like, you’ll get that money back in your pocket within just a few years and continue saving for many years after that.
Reason 3: You Won’t Have to Buy New Bulbs for a Long Time
The sticker price on LED bulbs may turn you off initially, but when you think about how long they last, it’s totally worth it. Because while halogen bulbs need to be replaced every 2 years, LED bulbs can last up to 15!
Why You Should Hire a Landscape Lighting Company to Replace Your Halogen Bulbs
While LED bulbs are available at big box stores, you won’t get the quality brands that Brilliant Nights knows and trusts. Case in point…a store brand LED bulb comes with a 1-year warranty. Doesn’t make much sense considering that LED lights should last up to 20 years, does it? We work with the best landscape lighting manufacturers like Volt Lighting, who provides a lifetime warranty with every LED bulb! And we always guarantee our installation or we’ll come back and fix it.
And because landscape lighting is our only business, we know how to safely handle electrical components and measure the voltage of your system to make sure it meets the requirements of your new LED bulbs. When it comes to your professional outdoor lighting system, it’s always best to leave it to a professional. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.
When you first had your outdoor lighting system installed, you were probably very excited to show friends and neighbors how beautiful it made your property look. But as time passed and your excitement faded, you may have forgotten that your system needs to be maintained in order to keep looking and working its best. Whether it was installed by us or someone else, Brilliant Nights can certainly bring it new life.
As residents of Tampa, we know all too well about the wrath of hurricanes and tropical storms, and our hearts go out to victims of Hurricane Harvey. It’s great to see some of the selfless ways volunteers from around the country are helping, like this story that shows how boat owners are rescuing residents from flood waters.
Even if you can’t get to Texas with your boat, there are many ways you can help the flood victims from right here in Florida. Here are some links to get you started.
Your kids may dread being back in school, but now that they’re back on a schedule you can finally focus on some home projects you put off over the summer — some that your kids can be happy about too!