Why use LED garden lights?

Solar accent lighting along both edges of a garden path

Solar Accent Lighting

LED garden lights come in all sorts of designs from novelty to serious landscape lighting. They can be used for general landscape lighting or to highlight particular areas of your garden – perhaps a path, a deck or patio area, or even for patio umbrella lights, or along a flight of stairs.

Why use LED lights? What makes them better than other options?

Simple. They are better for the environment, over time they are better for your hip pocket and they are more reliable than other lights. And, they don’t contain mercury. But, make sure you go with a reliable brand, as LEDs are not all made equal.

LED better for the environment

One LED will last about as long as between 25 and 100 incandescent or halogen bulbs. So that means less resources used to produce your light bulbs, and less waste in landfill.

Unlike compact fluorescent lights they do not any have mercury in them. Incandescent light globes are being phased out not only in Australia but also in the US and the UK, and are most commonly being replaced with compact bulbs, which are far more energy efficient.

However, compact fluorescents contain mercury – which is toxic both to people and the environment. While they contain only about 5 mg, far less than a mercury thermometer for instance, a single household will often need upward of 20 light globes at any one time,with as many again for garden lighting,  and they do not last indefinitely. Eventually that adds up to a lot of mercury to be disposed of (always assuming the bulb hasn’t broken and the mercury dispersed in your house!).

LED lights also use significantly less electricity than even compact fluorescents (and about 80% less than incandescent bulbs), and they are recyclable. Even better, solar powered LED garden lights use only the energy of the sun.

Better for your hip pocket?

In the long run, yes. At the You will have to buy many more of any other sort of bulbs over the lifetime of on LED light, and pay for far more electricity.

Solar LED Garden lights

From a sustainability perspective, Solar powered garden lights are the obvious choice. They are energy efficient to run, and rarely need to be replaced. Solar garden lights come in all varieties, from these strings of blue LED garden lights, which can be used indoors or outdoors, to this individual LED solar security light with motion detector, to path or accent lighting, like these stainless steel solar landscape path lights, which come in a pack of 12 and are wireless.

But, beware that the cheap lights you may find at your local hardware store may not provide the quality of light you are after. Often they will have a single diode which provides limited light, and if they are automatically activated at dark, they will not operate within a certain distance of the next light – ensuring that even having lots of them, you will still not get much concentrated light! So make sure you look for lights that have a simple ‘on’ switch as well as (or instead of) being light/dark activated, if you want to have them close together.

You may find you are better off going to a specialty lighting store and getting specific advice, particularly if you want the lights to be more than decorative.


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  11 comments for “Why use LED garden lights?

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  2. February 24, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Solar LED Garden lights!!

    This lighting idea is not just economical, but in terms of designing landscape is also very elegant and decent. Above all, we can also contribute a little in saving our resources for future.

    I definitely want to go for it.

    Thanks for sharing this post.

  3. May 13, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    LED Lights have the benefit of a super long life span of up to 80,000 hours which means you can cut maintainance costs as the lamps last up to 8-10 times longer than standard halogen lamps making them an ideal replacement.

  4. June 10, 2016 at 10:31 pm

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  5. December 15, 2016 at 2:28 am

    That’s an excellent comparison on the durability of LED vs. regular lights. You’re right about the increased longevity and reduced use of resources with LED options.

  6. February 25, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I thought it was interesting how the article mentioned that LED lights are more economical in the long run. It stated that since LED bulbs use 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last much longer, you will save money in the long run. My wife and I are looking for ways to save money on our energy bill, and it seems like switching to LED bulbs is a good way to start!

  7. June 2, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Great post! My family has installed some LED garden lights in our yard, and not only do they provide a great atmosphere for the garden, but they also have lasted for years. Thanks for sharing!

  8. July 22, 2017 at 3:10 am

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  9. October 25, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Switching to all LED is the smartest because they are definitely the best choice! Thank you for sharing all of this!

  10. December 7, 2017 at 3:58 am

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  11. January 5, 2018 at 4:53 am

    Great post! Too many people today rush for LED no matter what, but surely there are cases where they are not the best solution… and it’s clearly not the garden light 🙂

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