LED outdoor lighting is among the most beneficial type of outdoor lighting a homeowner can invest in. LED lighting is more energy-efficient and leaves less of an impact on the environment than other types of outdoor lighting. It can save a homeowner thousands in energy costs over the LED’s lifetime. In addition, since they contain no glass components, they are not vulnerable to vibration or breakage like conventional bulbs and make the perfect lighting for outdoor applications. LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent bulbs contain a multitude of materials such as mercury that are dangerous for the environment and make disposal dangerous. Since they contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, they will help you reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. LED is safer in many regards too because it generates light from cool burning technology, and it uses less wire to install properly.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country is the areas premiere outdoor lighting design and install firm when it comes to all genres of outdoor lighting including LED. Our location, along with many other Outdoor Lighting Perspectives locations around the country, primarily uses Cree LED outdoor lighting in our LED outdoor lighting installations. Researchers at Cree recently stumbled upon another added benefit of their LED product that can be added to the long list of reasons using LED in the landscape is a smart choice. Add the discovery of insects being less likely to be attracted to LED outdoor lighting to the already long list of good things about LED.
In a story published on the Cree Revolution Blog, Gary Trott, a product development innovator for Cree LED Lighting speaks candidly speaks about how Cree LED’s can reduce the number of insects getting into your lighting fixtures, and also how using LED can reduce the amount of insects attracted to your illuminated outdoor living areas. When he set out to help develop this innovative LED, bug ingress prevention was NOT a design goal, but he quickly noticed a significant decrease in the amount of insects present in a LR6 down light installed above the door he walks through every day. After being in place for four years, the light had almost zero bugs in it! This sparked his curiosity which led to research and findings from Marianne Shockley Cruz Ph.D. and Rebecca Lindner at the University Of Georgia Department Of Entomology. The paper that details the results of this groundbreaking research is titled “Insect Vision: Ultraviolet, Color, and LED Light.”
In essence, the research indicates that since insects are attracted to UV light, and Cree LEDs emit little or no power in the UV spectrum insects just aren’t interested and a less interested bug means fewer bugs present where Cree LED’S are used, period. The article states, “Color sensitivity in the UV spectrum plays an important role in foraging, navigation, and mate selection in both flying and terrestrial invertebrate animals. This attraction to UV light has made insects a useful model for understanding visual sensitivity to UV light. Cree LEDs emit little or no power in the UV spectrum. Incandescent, fluorescent, and metal halide sources emit a substantial amount of UV radiation, thus it is likely that bugs are less attracted to fixtures utilizing Cree LEDs.”
This news comes as a breath of fresh air to San Antonio homeowners where last year alone Texas had 89 deaths as a result of the mosquito-borne illness, West Nile Virus. Any means of deterring insects into the landscape, especially mosquitoes, is a huge benefit to San Antonio homeowners. Imagine being able to spend time on your deck, patio or outdoor living space not hassled by bugs, or bitten by mosquitoes in the evening? The discovery of this added benefit to using LED also cuts down on time and money spent to maintain your outdoor lighting installations. One of life’s more unpleasant chores is cleaning out dead bugs from light fixtures. If you’ve ever emptied a pile of dead flies and moths from a fixture, you know light fixtures of all types are notorious for attracting and collecting insects. Just imagine the time you can spend elsewhere enjoying the time saved not cleaning bugs out of light fixtures annually.
To learn more about the many benefits of LED outdoor lighting, including our innovative LED conversions, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country today (210) 971-8759