Create The Perfect Ambience In Your Outdoor Space Without Breaking The Bank
Lighting is essential for creating mood and ambience and, when carefully planned and installed, can dynamically transform a room and the atmosphere. In cooler months, lighting provides the perception of warmth that transforms an outdoor space into an inviting retreat. LED lighting leads the way when it comes to energy efficiency and durability – but do they have any drawbacks?
The Cons of LED Strip Lighting
1. Depreciate in Brightness
Although manufactured to last over ten thousand running hours, frequency of usage can result in the bulb burning out ahead of schedule. Subsequently it may only achieve peak light capacity for 80% of its lifespan.
2. Initial High(er) Cost
LEDs do have an initial higher cost per bulb – although this higher outlay is off-set by a greater lifespan and lower operating cost.
3. Subtle Light Differences
Depending on the manufacturer there may be subtle differences in white light hue – meaning it is important to keep with a well known brand when buying replacements.
We would recommend LED strip lighting as they give fantastic light with the ability to hide the fixture effectively within the framework of the room. A perfect example in action is the placement on the underside of steps to create an attractive “up-glow” or alternatively using them to subtly light your canopy roof. By their design, LEDs emit light in one direction, allowing for feature lighting through subtly illuminating installations such as plant pots, windows, walkways, fireplaces or furniture. They provide instant light, operating at full brightness as soon as you flip the switch.
Fresco Shades retractable roof awnings provide in-built LED lighting to ensure year-round use, day and night.