The Best LED Lights of 2021
Posted by Birddog Lighting on May 17th 2021
Are you looking for ways to light up your outdoor patio for spring? Or, are you looking for the best-LED lights to bring with you on your next camping trip?
With spring teasing us with warmer temps and longer days, going outside is at the forefront of our minds! But, sometimes the party keeps going even after the sunsets.
Instead of rushing to clean up in the dark, why not invest in outdoor LED lights for your festivities?
Here, we'll outline the benefits of LED lights and how to find the ones for your outdoor needs!
Why Choose LED Lights?
There are multiple reasons to choose LED lights, including their ease of use and extensive customization.
One of the most important aspects, though, is that they are more energy-efficient than halogen, incandescent, and fluorescent lightbulbs. These lights also fare well in cold temperatures and can be waterproofed, making them great for outdoor use, year-round.
Outdoor LED strip lights are perfect for hanging on your camper, around your patio, or in your backyard. Now, you can hang all night without worrying about your electric bill or energy use.
So, now that you know you can relax while spending time outside with your LED lights, which ones should you choose? Keeping versatile summer fun in mind, here are the top picks!
LED Light Colors
From cool white, to pink, to yellow, LED lights come in all types of colors. Now, you've just got to pick which lights work best in your space!
Some of the most popular LED lights are color-changing strips. These come with a mini controller to choose from the variety of programmed colors or the option to create your own. You can also dim or flash your lights for added customization.
To craft your own colors, these strips have 3 LEDs on each light chip. They dim or brighten depending on your desired hue.
Grab these up for lining a hallway for a summer party or to hang around your patio. Change the color for different songs or whichever mood you want to create.
If you'd like something a bit more subtle, choose a solid color option. Pick a fun color and keep them in the bathroom for late-night lighting.
LED Light Strips
It's hard to go wrong with LED light strips. These LED lights are surface mounted on a circuit board strip. To keep the lights in place, there is a thin layer of clear, flexible plastic laid over top.
Since the PVC is thin, these lights are the brightest lights offered with LED technology. They're also highly customizable, as you can cut them to any length to suit your lighting needs! Plus, they're flexible enough to bend and fit any corners and curves.
Light Strip Lengths
12v LED strips provide brightness, durability, and flexibility. But, they could only be stretched so far. These 12v strips are perfect for smaller sections that are less than 17 feet.
To remedy this problem, 120v strips arose. These offer the same brightness but with strip lengths up to 164 feet.
Since LEDs have a reputation for their brightness, use even the smallest strips as an accent. Buy a large roll and use them to spice up every inch of your home, backyard, or boat.
Light Strip Types
Another factor to think about when searching for LED light strips is the brightness. Though it's tempting to think brighter is always better, it also means bigger.
The LED chips are measured in mm. Some chips are 3.5mm x 2.8mm, 3528 and others are 5.0mm x 5.0mm, 5050. The 5050 are nearly twice as big, so they are much brighter than the 3528 chips.
Before purchasing, think about where you'll be using your lights. Are you planning to put them on your boat? Or on your back porch in the suburbs?
Think about how much light interference you'll have. If there's a lot of other lights around, the brighter ones may be the better choice. But, if you're using them in your home, the 3528 lights may work best, as they'll shine bright in the dark.
LED Light Ropes
Unlike LED light strips, LED rope lights have tiny LED lightbulbs cased in a flexible PVC plastic. They provide a soft glowing effect, as opposed to the bright shine of light strips. These lights even save energy while lasting three times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs!
Rope Light Options
When looking at which rope lights are right for you, think about the lighting per inch. There are various choices for bulb spacing, with the most popular being 1-inch and 5-inch.
Depending on your lighting needs, the 5-inch spaces make for a more atmospheric burn. They also mimic holiday string lights, giving you use year-round!
Rope Light Ideas
Since these lights are completely covered in a durable casing, they're perfect for all of your outdoor summer needs! Try using the ambient gleam of rope lights:
- Under boat cushions
- Around a boat railing
- Along outdoor stairs
- Lining an outdoor walkway or path
- Around a camper door
- Around a picnic area
- Around an outdoor dancefloor
Rope lights also come in a variety of colors. You can choose between solid colors and 120v color-changing lights.
Which Light Is Right for You?
Though there are many ways to customize your space with LED lights, which ones are best for you?
To pick from the great options above, start by thinking about where you need the lights. Then, narrow down your options. Continue brainstorming and thinking about which lights offer you the best value.
From there, invest in some great, eco-friendly lighting!
Be sure to check out our blog for more ideas on how to get the most out of your LED lights.