With the balmy weather we are experiencing during the spring or the summer, people are taking to their gardens now more than at any other time of the year. But why should nighttime mean the end to your enjoyment of your home’s exterior when you can have very nice garden lighting?
The light fittings from Integral LED illuminate your garden spaces, allowing you to enjoy them well into the pleasant summer evenings and nights.
Previously, sophisticated outdoor lighting belonged to only the most expensive of properties. However, Integral LED has now made it affordable to light up your garden in style.
In this article, Sparks will examine how the average homeowner can spruce up their outdoor space at a very reasonable price.
The problem with outdoor lighting – corrosive weather elements
Ian Major, Product Consultant at Integral LED knows the field of LED lighting extremely well. He has many profound insights into how these types of lights may change outdoor lighting forever.
Many current outdoor lights are ground lamps, which are excellent for lighting up garden pathways or verandas. Pathway lighting is kept at a low level for obvious reasons – it looks most elegant there and guides people as they walk in the dark.
As Mr Major states, they create a:
“Visual theatre of the main garden scene”
However, the lights being so close to the ground creates problems that could affect the functionality of the lamps themselves. They are often located in areas such as the very fabric of the path or driveway.
Even in cases where the luminaire is IP67 rated, there may still be cause for concern. There are widespread flaws with the design of the electrical installations which we place so close to the ground.
These flaws mean that water does find its way into the luminaire, which is certain to deteriorate their functionality and lifespan.
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LED lighting has made elegant outdoor lighting become increasingly within budget, according to Mr Major. LEDs are relatively robust compared to other forms of lighting and so they can withstand all types of weather. This is Britain after all – and we may experience plenty of drizzles even during glorious periods of sunshine!
A wonderful example of an Integral LED light that combines elegance with water-resistance is the Ciclo IP54 outdoor wall lamp. It is a compact, stylish, and contemporary LED luminaire – weatherproof and hard-wearing. It is designed to last against the elements while bringing a designer look to its surroundings.
There are many reasons for Integral LED lights superior resilience to weather conditions. As described above, problems arise when electrical installations are installed too close to the ground, drastically lowering their life expectancy.
Another Integral LED fitting Garden Lighting is the IP54 rated black Curve LED wall light coming integrated with a 7.6W 3000K 360lm LED light and an integrated PIR sensor.
Mr Major believes that the team at Integral LED have addressed this fundamental flaw in low-level outdoor lighting. They identified ‘cable suction’ as the main cause of water ingress from the surface of a garden. This is when – simply by operating – a lighting installation can draw water into its very core. Obviously, this will result in reduced functionality.
Integral LED lights have been designed to actually increase in temperature while they are in operation. This means that heated air will expand, which prevents water access to the sealed bulb of the LED fixture.
How Integral LED’s smart lights deal with excess water in garden spaces for Garden Lighting
The heated air produced by the Integral LED lights means there will be no water intrusion while they are operating. However, there is still the run-off water, that has not made it into the luminaire, to deal with.
Integral LED has come up with a brilliant solution to this issue. Whilst the light is not in use, the assembly effectively becomes a small water pump. This then pushes moisture in the air along the cable towards the fitting body of the device.
The fitting body of the light comes with Integral LEDs ingenious ‘H20 Stop’ device. The H20 Stop deals with divergent water within the electrical cabling of the lamp, and prevents the damage done by corrosive moisture.
Integral LED has also brought out an excellent range called the ‘Pathlux in-ground’ series. The Pathlux lights use the innovative H20 Stop technology for maximum weather resistance. They also have solid-state light sources which are famous for their longevity – these are lights that could last a lifetime!
Key reasons to buy Integral LED outdoor lights
The main reasons Integral LED offers a superior outdoor lighting range are outlined here:
- The elegant ambience they provide.
- Resistance to corrosive elements that occur outdoors.
- Protection against water ingress.
- The innovative use of technology, for example, ‘H20 Stop’.
In conclusion, we at Sparks wholeheartedly recommend the brilliant outdoor light fittings made by Integral LED, whether they are ground lights, wall lights, or ceiling lights; of course, they are all LED lights, and they are suited for exterior lighting.