6 Great Ways to Use LED Lights Outdoors

LED lighting has been around for years now, but most people still largely associate it with indoor uses. Thanks to great strides in durability, design and construction, LED lights are also great for a variety of outdoor applications.

LED light bulbs can do anything standard bulbs can do -- only better. They’re long-lasting, energy efficient and since they don’t emit ultraviolet light, they don’t attract gnats, moths and other unwelcome insect party crashers to your after-dark gatherings.

If that sounds good, consider these six ways you can use LED lights outdoors around your home.

Add Some Color

LED lights are very adaptable and many manufacturers offer LED bulbs that can change color with the simple press of a button on a remote. You can show your team pride by illuminating the front of your house with your favorite team’s colors or get in the holiday spirit with seasonally appropriate colors to make your next party special with color-coordinated lighting.

Make Your Pool Sparkle

Most home pools have some kind of lighting in them, but many people don’t know that you can use waterproof LED strips to line a pool. LED strips are very flexible and can easily fit around the edge of a rectangular, round or irregular-shaped pool and can change colors with the press of a button to create a colorful ambiance. The water creates a fantastic dispersion of light for the strips and will make any night swim a memorable experience.

Increase Safety and Security

LED lights use a fraction of the power as their incandescent counterparts, so if you use LED lights for safety and security purposes around your property, you won’t be left with an outrageous energy bill. Bonus: With LEDs, you won’t have to worry about mercury disposal when all those lights need to be replaced.

Illuminate Walkways

LED lights are a great way to make your walkways look great and keep people safe while they’re walking around your property. If you want a traditional look, you can choose LED bulbs that give off a plain white light, or you can get creative with color-changing bulbs.

You can also use flexible LED strips to curve lighting nicely along the path and provide more uniform illumination than bulbs. These strips come in weatherproof, waterproof and even color-changing models.

Spotlight Something Special

If you have outdoor artwork, a house with amazing architectural features or a beautiful old tree you’d like to show off around the clock, spotlights are a great choice. LED spotlights and floodlights are long-lasting, energy efficient and offer colors that can draw even more attention to your property’s best features.

Spice Up Outdoor Dining

Outdoor family dinners and parties with friends are even better when you have a combination of functional and fun lighting around the table. This is one area where the fact that they don’t attract insects is a HUGE benefit.