Outdoor LED lights are by far the most reliable and energy efficient form of lighting for your garden (or house exterior). Few light sources are forging ahead like LED is. Its uses are already numerous, whether we’re talking security or working lights, garden patio lights, lighting spikes, wall washers, porch lights, pond lights, feature lights or solar-powered lights.
Use of LED is particularly prevalent in the latter, solar lights, because it requires so little power. A day’s worth of everyday lighting will be absorbed by the solar panel, which then charges the light’s battery, which in turn keeps your outdoor space illuminated all night.
Security lighting, previously the domain of powerful halogen lamps, is increasingly the resting place of more energy-efficient lighting solutions. You can buy energy-saving CFL versions for relatively little money, or you can go the whole hog and invest in LED security lights and in doing so save a further 50% even over fluorescent! With LED using no toxic mercury, producing less in the way of CO² emissions, and lasting longer than any other technology, it’s an all-round superior choice that’ll keep you safe and save money on running and maintenance costs.
The garden is a popular place for LED lighting, and browsing through Lyco’s stock you’ll encounter a variety of feature-lighting products. These might be anything from LED wall-washers - often coloured for mood - to LED rope lights for incredible creative potential. The flexibility of LED is one of its most exciting aspects, and the idea of a garden that might actually be welcoming is a relatively new idea. For our recent ancestors the night-time garden was a foreboding place full of amphibians and arachnids! Actually for some that still may be the case, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Plug and play
LED lighting often features in low voltage garden lighting sets, which have the distinct advantage of posing no threat to life, which in turn means you don’t have to dig deep holes in your garden to bury the cable. These low voltage LED plug & play sets, which would often include the necessary LED driver, allow plenty of flexibility with regard to positioning of the lights. As well, you can often add lights to the base kit with plug and play ease.
As we’ve alluded to already, gardens have increasingly become a nocturnal resting place for us, when UK weather permits, so any lights that make the garden safe to navigate are a bonus. Walkover lights are ideal for patios, duckboards and decking, and here again LED is a great choice because it is a technology that can squeeze into small spaces, that’s super-cheap to run, and which is robust because of its solid-state construction. Never was a technology more fit for purpose!
As with all outdoor lighting, particular attention should be paid to the IP ratings. Of course all of our outdoor lights offer weather-proofing, but some can also be jet-cleaned, and others can even be submerged to provide attractive accent lighting for your water features. An IP rating is a two figure number, and the second figure refers to its imperviousness to liquid. For a definitive guide to this subject take a look at our IP Ratings Guide.