LED Monkey’s Guide to Outdoor LED Lighting
With summer on its way, we’ll all want to spend a great deal more time out of doors and it doesn’t matter if you have a small back yard or an acre of space, it will look a whole lot better if it’s properly lit in the evenings. So, we at LED Monkey have come up with a few ideas to help you illuminate your outdoor space
The Various Types of Outdoor LED Lighting
There are many different types of LED lighting that will enhance your outdoor space immensely. Here are just a few to whet your appetite…
LED Decking Lights
For starters, if you’re thinking of installing some decking to the rear of your property, we recommend colourful LED decking lights as they’ll be just the thing for those balmy summer evenings. Simple to install and extremely energy-efficient, LED decking lights generally come in two sizes each with a different wattage to suit your lighting requirements.
The smaller of the two are the 15mm variety and they’re available in red, green, blue, purple and white, as well as a mellow warm white colour temperature that’s great for evening relaxation. Consuming just 1-Watt of electricity per LED, these lovely little lights just require a 10mm hole to be cut in your decking to install and you’re done!
In sets of 6, 10 or 20 x 15mm lights, they’re equipped with an IP65 protection rating that makes them completely safe to use around water, and they produce very little heat so they’re also a lot safer to walk on with bare feet than any of their halogen predecessors!
But if these aren’t quite bright enough for you, there are some that produce more lumens in the shape of the 40mm/3.5-Watt variety. With all the same vibrant colours available, these LED decking lights are essentially just more powerful versions that will be perfect for the larger outdoor area.
A truly brilliant replacement for your old halogen models, LED floodlights come in many types, each with different features and capabilities. They’re easy to install and robust, so they’ll last a long time whatever the British weather throws their way.
Indeed, you can expect the integral LEDs to last for upwards of 50,000 hours which means you won’t have to clamber up a stepladder to replace them for many years to come!
For general outdoor use, there’s the standard variety that has an integral, incredibly bright LED on-board to light your way through the darkness. And even the smallest of them gives off a serious amount of light.
A 10-Watt model, for instance, can emit as much light as a standard 100-Watt halogen floodlight bulb, while at the other end of the scale, a 200-Watt LED floodlight emits 16,000 lumens - as many lumens as a 20,000-Watt halogen! As such, you’ll stand to save a considerable amount of money on your electricity expenditure when you switch to LED lighting outdoors!
To create an al fresco party atmosphere, you’ll want to take a look at some incredible RGB LED floodlights. Many come complete with their own, dedicated RF (Radio Frequency) remote controller that has a range of up to 100 metres, the RGB floodlights can create gorgeous colour-changing displays of light that will make any evening soiree go with a bang not a whimper.
Also super-powerful, RGB floodlights typically have a wide 120° beam angle that will drive out those night time shadows and set the party mood perfectly. And, with an RF remote, you won't even need to have a direct line-of-sight to the signal receiver, meaning you'll be able to mingle with your guests and control the lighting wherever you are in the crowd!
For the security-conscious, the choice just has to be an LED motion-sensor floodlight or two to the rear of the property. A built-in PIR (Passive Infrared) motion-sensor detects the slightest movement within a 15-metre perimeter and automatically switches on the powerful 120° beam.
Deter burglars, reduce your energy-consumption and lower your home insurance premiums all in one fell swoop, with outdoor LED floodlights!
LED Strip Lights
LED strip lights represent the ultimate in versatility and there are many different types to choose from. Great for use all around the interior of your home, they can also be installed very quickly and easily outdoors, provided you choose those with a sufficiently high ingress protection rating.
If you’re thinking of using some inside your conservatory, for example, you’ll probably only need to go for an IP20-rated LED strip as it has no protection against water. The IP65-rated LED strips, on the other hand, can both be used outdoors in all weathers.
It boasts a durable layer of silicone which that ensures that splashing water doesn’t affect the surface-mounted LEDs. However, the IP65-rated LED strip lights are only water resistant, not completely waterproof , so it's advisable to use them in conjunction with the appropriate type of aluminium profile to achieve the best, longest-lasting results.
Why not enliven your gazebo, summer house or even your garden shed with some RGB or RGBW LED strip lights, for example? When set up correctly, they can be controlled using an appropriate remote, which will allow you to achieve wonderful, colour-changing lighting displays!
The advantages of using LED strip lights are manifold. One is that they’re incredibly easy to install thanks to their self-adhesive backing tape. For a more permanent installation, however, you could use some simple aluminium profiles and light diffusers, which will give your work a really professional finish.
Another great feature of LED strips is that they can be cut very easily using just a pair of household scissors. This means that there’s no installation too large or too small for you to contemplate!
LED Bollard & Spike Lights
Bollard lights really are all the rage right now, and can add a certain je ne sais quoi to the outside of your property. Some are fashioned to look like tall, retro lamp posts while others are ultra-modern. Whichever you decide on for your outdoor space, ensure that you have the correct LED bulb to fit it and that you choose the colour temperature to suit your requirements.
In the main, this type of fitting will require an E27 LED light bulb, which comes in both warm white (3000K) and cool white (6000K). The warm white has a very similar quality to that of an old incandescent light bulb in that it’s muted and yellowish, while the cool white is a bright and penetrative colour temperature that will be ideal for late-night gardening!
LED Spike lights also come in all shapes and sizes, and can often be driven easily into soft ground or wall-mounted for ultimate versatility. While some have a static fitting, others can be easily adjusted to shine wherever you like in the garden to give you great general illumination.
We’re Here to Help!
Whichever form of outdoor LED lighting you choose, don’t forget that we’re here to help, so give us a call today on 0800 999 7797 and speak with one of our customer service advisors.
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