Are Gas Outdoor Lights Better than Electric?
If you are installing outdoor lights on or around your home, there are many choices of style, color, and fuel. One of the first decisions that you will need to make when choosing your outdoor lighting is whether you want gas or electric lights.
There are some pros and cons to each, but here at The Fire Man, we are seeing an increase in the number of people choosing gas lighting over electric. Below, we’ll explain some of the reasons why.
What We Love about Gas Outdoor Lights
Unlike electric lights, gas lights have a softer, warmer glow. If you are looking to create a relaxing and rustic ambience, this is a great way to start. Gas lights are available in a wide assortment of styles and fixtures. They can be mounted on your home, on posts, lamp posts, on decking, or even hanging as lanterns.
Some of our favorite features of gas lighting include:
- The flame can be controlled with amazing accuracy.
- There are built-in safety features designed for changing weather conditions.
- Re-lighting the flame is easy if it were to go out or be shut off.
- Gas fixtures often meet the lighting need, as well as the aesthetic goal.
- Gas fixtures can last for years with little maintenance.
- Unlike electric lights, gas lights do not attract insects.
- During a power outage, gas lights can still operate and provide safety and security to your home.
- Gas lighting is incredibly cost-effective because you can easily set a timer to turn the lights on at a certain time, and turn them off at a certain time.
- In some cases, installing gas lights can actually increase your home’s value.
Worried about the amount of light produced? Don’t be! A natural gas light gives off as much lighting as a 60-watt electric light bulb. Quad-burning flames produce as much light as a 100-watt bulb.
Things to Consider about Gas Versus Electric
There are clearly many benefits to using gas outdoor lights. There are a few things to consider, however, before making your decision:
- While gas lights are incredibly safe, they do produce a small amount of heat. If that is a major concern, then electric lights may be a more suitable alternative.
- Electric lights are hardwired into your home’s electrical system. This makes it easy to manage your lights with switches and timers.
- If you want or need a brighter light, then electric options (particularly LED) lights may be a more suitable option.
- Pretty much every home is wired for electricity, but not all homes have gas lines run to them. If you decide to switch your outdoor lights to gas, you may incur the cost of installing gas lines as well.
As you can see, there are definitely some important things to consider when it comes to installing outdoor lighting. The good news is that you have plenty of options, and getting a quote on your outdoor light project is just a phone call or click away!
Get a Quote for Gas Outdoor Light Installation
The best way to find out what may be required in order to have gas lights at your home is to have The Fire Man come out and provide an estimate. At The Fire Man, we do gas line installation, gas light installation, inspection, service, and repair. Whether you are building a new structure or want to upgrade your landscaping – we can help!