How to choose Landscape Lighting
Posted on July 12, 2011
Introducing a few landscape lights around your yard can increase the charm of your house tremendously. Perhaps you have a sidewalk running up to your door that is particularly dark at night, which could be lit up. Maybe you have a gazebo in your yard that could use a few lights around it. Landscape lighting is a simple and inexpensive way to create a dramatic effect in your landscape.
Let.s look at a few easy to install outdoor lighting options.
An option you must consider is Low Voltage Lighting. This type of lighting operates at 12V, which is both safe to use and energy efficient. A transformer, which will have to be plugged into a standard outlet, is used to convert the electrical current into 12V and provides power for your lights. Also, you will need to run a low voltage cable between your transformer and your low voltage lights. Both the size of the transformer as well as the gauge of the cable you will need to purchase will depend on the number and wattage of lights you select. Finally, you can install a timer to control when your lights turn on and off.
Another great option for landscape lighting is Solar Powered Lighting. This lighting is notably the easiest type of outdoor lighting to install. Just assemble these lights and stake them into the ground. Keep in mind that solar powered lights may not stay lit for the duration of the night. The batteries inside each light must be re-charged daily. So, if daily sun exposure is not possible, this might not be a good choice for you. Because they are drawing their power from the sun, the brightness of the light may be noticeably dimmer than some of your low voltage options.
Whether you decide on low voltage or solar powered landscape lighting you will have plenty of options to choose from. Both types of outdoor lighting are available in several different forms and each form is usually available in several different finishes. There is everything from a decorative tier light to a hanging lantern light available.
After selecting your landscape lighting option, select your style and get going!