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Incandescent bulbs for your residential landscape?

More like inconsiderate, am I right?

Homeowners who operate sizeable lighting systems in their yards know all too well the hassle and frustration of incandescent and halogen lamps that repeatedly conk out – often within weeks or days of being installed.

They’re power leaches too, racking up substantial utility bills that far outweigh their efficiency. And they’re potentially dangerous, generating sufficient heat to cause injury to an overly-curious child or distracted adult.

If the aforementioned concerns and complaints sound familiar – perhaps you’ve uttered the same to yourself once or twice – it may be time to consider an LED retro fit for your home and garden.

Retrofits involve converting older or outdated lighting systems and bulbs in an effort to boost light output, emit less heat, and ultimately save energy.

LED (Light Emitting Diodes) are the predominant choice for such renovations, as they have been proven to be 80 percent more efficient, and at least 10 times more durable, than traditional bulbs.

Because the implementation of LEDs reduces electricity usage, a retrofit can actually save property owners money in the long run, offsetting the upfront cost of installation and boasting a staggering Return on Investment in approximately 2-3 years. What’s more, LEDs have tallied upwards of 50,000 hours of use. That means users will probably never need to replace them.

Additionally, most cities and states offer utility rebates, an incentive for properties to make the switch and opt for an LED retrofit.

The praises of LED lighting have long been sung. Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Improved aesthetics
  • Increased security due to continuous home illuniation
  • Energy savings of almost 80 percents
  • Virtually maintenance-free
  • Reduced carbon footprint
  • No hazardous waste
  • Longer-lasting bulbs
  • Higher quality light
  • Cooler to the touch
  • Warranties of up to 10 years
  • Eligibility for tax rebates, as well as utility and local incentives

LEDs are expected to make up more than 70% of the lighting market within the next four years, and a professionally-installed LED retrofit can prove to be more cost-effective than a complete lighting overhaul.

Chesapeake Irrigation & Lighting can assist by upgrading  landscape lighting fixtures that are already in place, swapping out lamps and ballasts, updating your outdoor lighting controls, incorporating wireless technology, and much more. If you’re interested in shining some new light on your property, contact us today!