Let there Be Light!
Many residents are making the switch from traditional incandescent bulbs to more energy-efficient halogen or LED bulbs. These styles of bulbs can reduce energy usage by 20-80% and have a much longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs.
If you are planning to upgrade light bulbs on the outside of the house there are a few things to keep in mind. Be mindful that your new, energy-efficient bulbs are not so bright that they detract from the natural beauty of our community. Exterior lighting should not be brighter than 60 Watts or 800 Lumens. Most packaging will include both the wattage and the lumens.
Also, many halogens and LED lights are available in different color temperatures, such as Soft White or Day Light. The color temperature refers to the appearance of the light and the atmosphere it creates. Warmer temperatures are suitable for outdoor enjoyment, whereas cooler temperatures are great for areas like kitchens, where detail-orientated tasks take place.
The color temperature is measured in Kelvin (K) and is usually noted on the back of the packaging under Lighting Facts. Outdoor lighting in The Landings should be warm in temperature, similar to traditional incandescent bulbs, and should have a color temperature below 3000K.