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Lighting up your garden the eco friendly way

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The greenest part of your household is your garden, but sometimes this may not be the case, as lighting up your garden in the evening can come with a cost, as it is becoming more and more popular for lights to be installed into features in your garden or just simply to light up an area with a spot light. 

The common way of lighting a garden 

The most common way to light up your garden is to use PIR sensors (Passive Infrared Sensor) which are designed to automatically turn on when someone walks through the sensor, that usually use halogen bulbs, but they are a costly way of lighting your garden and use a lot of energy in doing so and they also have to be changed regularly as is the case for spot lights.

 Using LED lighting in the garden 

This is where LED’s (Light Emitting Diodes) can help combat this power consumption as LED’s use much less energy than traditional lighting such as the incandescent and fluorescent lamps. 

Environment Friendly? 

The LED’s that are equivalent to a 60 watt incandescent light bulb use only 6 - 8 watts meaning a significant amount of energy is saved and less greenhouse gas emissions are generated. This in turn will reduce running costs of running meaning more money left in your pocket, which is always a good thing. Another reason LED’s are more environmentally friendly way of light your garden is that they do not contain toxic mercury which is a major risk to the environment, so having the LED’s in your garden is a much safer way of lighting it. 

Low cost 

As LED’s have the advantage of being able to be placed almost anywhere you can further reduce on the energy used by just having the light in the areas that need it, thus bringing the cost down further. 

LED bulb vs Incandescent bulb

 

Feature

LED Bulb

Incandescent Bulb

Watts per bulb

6

60

Life span

60,000 hours

1200 hours

Electricity used in 60,000 hours

360 KWh

3,600 KWh

Cost of electricity at $0.30 each KWh

$108

$1,080

Number of bulbs used in 60,000 hours

1

50

Cost of bulbs

$24.52

$1.91

Total cost of bulbs for 60,000 hours

$24.52

$95.50

Total cost for 60,000 hours

$132.52

$1,175.80


Different types of LED 

There are different types of LED’s that you can use for the garden, LED Strips are great for long areas such as along a fence or garage, and LED bulbs are great for spot lights you may already have, LED’s that you can stick into the ground are great for using in your flower beds, and waterproof LED Tape is great for inside of a pond. 

Solar Power

 Solar panel lights are great for lighting up your garden without having to use any energy at all as they collect their energy from the sunlight and generate it into electricity so they can power themselves at night time.

 Safety 

The LED’s can also add safety to your garden at night when you have company over as you can light up the edge of your path way much more clearly and still be using much less energy in doing so, or no energy if you buy a few of the solar panel lights and stick them along the path way (but could be a more expensive way in doing so). 

So if you are thinking of adding light into your garden and want to stay as eco friendly as possible LED lighting could be your answer and as an added bonus they last for 50,000 hours plus so you will not need to change them for years to come.

 

 

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