Do LEDs work in the Snow?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I am often asked if LED lamps will "work in the snow". Well I am here now with the evidence to show that the answer to this question is a definite:

    YES! LED lamps will 'work in the snow'. :clapping:

    Now keep in mind that my situation here is not typical and results will vary depending upon climatic conditions. :laugh:

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  2. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Good grief that is a lot of snow! I was up in Sun Valley yesterday interviewing for a job and I thought they had a lot of snow at 2' deep. That is just insane James. Hope you are staying dug out.
     
  3. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Tim, from what I understand they don't have nearly this much snow in Jamaica! I will know for sure next week. :)
     
  4. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Ahhhhh,............Jamaica. Sounds VERY nice this time of year, have a great time mon!
     
  5. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
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    man, that snow is DEEP. I wonder if even a 50 watt halogen could melt through that.

    I'll be in the carribean in 2 weeks, ahh, warm weather.
     
  6. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    is that a kichler fixture i see ? Redefines "frosted lens" doesnt it. I have a hard time imagining even a halogen would melt thru that pile. And here I am worried about pine pollen and leaves.
     
  7. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I am actually surprised it is working. You would think there is enough heat generated by the diode to test the waterproof nature of that fixture and the internal components. Unless the soil is really sandy then the melted snow (water) would disipate quite well.
     
  8. LightYourNight

    LightYourNight LawnSite Member
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    most of that snow must have fallen at night when the lights were on.
     
  9. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Dave, not even a 50W halogen will melt a hole up through 4 feet of snow. I have tried. Once the snow gets over 24" deep or so what you end up with is a chimney, basically a 2-3" dia hole directly above the fixture. If you get a bit of snow it will melt as it falls, but when you get 6"+ per storm, ground based fixtures don't really stand a chance.

    My clients have come to expect that their lighting systems do not look the same in the middle of the winter as they do in the summer. Here at my home, I actually trudge around through the snow and dig out the fixtures so that they do their job.

    Regards.
     
  10. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Good eye on you Billy... yes that is a kichler fixture. I have a bunch of stuff that I have pulled out installed here at my home. It isn't what I would put in for a client, but it does ok here.

    I will take some snap shots of what the uplighting looks like along my drive through the snow there... it is not quite 4' deep, maybe about 3' there... and it looks quite cool to see the snow all around the uplights glowing.
     

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