LED lighting is now democratic. Good news for our gardens, we will be able to enlighten not to mention because there is no energy-efficient bulbs. Marie Beyrie, product manager at Keria, sheds light on the subject.
LED lighting is a recent technology
Marie Beyrie: This technology is actually for years. Initially, the LEDS were present in electronic devices where they acted as seers. At the time, they were not powerful enough to light up. Their two main advantages were their low energy consumption and reduced their cost of production.
LED bulbs made significant progress
MB: Today, this technology is completely controlled and allows to design high power lighting systems. And although a LED bulb costs more than a bulb filament to make, its production number allowed to divide the price by three since 2009. Light bulbs low energy or fluo-compact, which replace incandescent bulbs, do keep all their promises. They often have a long enough heating time, are insufficient light, cause electromagnetic disturbances… The LED is an ideal alternative.
What are the benefits of LED bulbs?
MB: They have a lifetime of 30 to 50 000 hours. They consume ten times less than filament bulbs, which allows to illuminate the garden every night, for example, without worrying about the Bill. They light up instantly. They produce almost no heat, because all the energy is consumed in light. They are entirely recyclable, because they contain no mercury or gas. Finally they allow to choose its light tone: warm white cold white, or even play with multicolored versions.
LED lighting for the garden
MB: Until recently, LEDS were used mainly to mark the garden-along the aisles, to underline markets, around the terrace etc-because they were not enough. Now, this is no longer only of the gadget or decoration. They have a real enlightening power. Since the spring of 2015, we find led products that illuminate as well or better than halogen solutions.
What look like the LED?
MB: for now, it is almost exclusively of projectors night lights on JosephNightLights. There are big to put on the ground to illuminate a façade or trees, and the smallest install for example in eaves, with motion sensor.
But there are many other products
MB: We find, in fact, a lot of quite interesting for the garden products because they do not get hot. The bright furniture-Ottomans, coffee tables-and light cache-pots are very trendy. There are also bright balls, as in large moons to ask here and there on the terrace or in the garden. We saw multiply the floating objects such as pool balls, or even lamps floating, well sealed and without any risk. Popular also, lights to brighten up a terrace or put under a parasol. There are also a multitude of solar led spades of different forms, to plant in the stands. Finally do not forget the Christmas decoration, with garlands, animals, balls, characters etc.
Are the solar LED widespread?
MB: They begin to grow, but for now, their illuminating power is limited. Solar energy is not effective enough to optimise LED lighting. But this should change in the coming years.