3 Steps to Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor Lighting

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If you’re looking to add a touch of personality, luxury, and flare to your outdoor living space, you’re in luck! Follow these 3 simple steps to light up your life from the outside in.

1) Buy What You Need

To kick off your landscape lighting project, you’ll need to purchase: a voltage transformer, cables, a handful of gorgeous outdoor lighting fixtures, and a slew of new bulbs.

For those who are new to the world of outdoor lighting, a voltage transformer is the nifty little item that decreases the voltage of any given electricity source to a safe value which can be fed to low-voltage light fixtures. Commercially available voltage transformers are affordable, energy efficient, and very necessary for any DIY project. To determine what size you’ll need, just follow this simple formula:

Add together the wattage of your individual lights and then multiply that total by 1.5.
The new total is the transformer size, in watts, that you’ll require.
If you’re still feeling unsure, you can always bypass the guesswork by purchasing a complete landscape lighting kit.

When selecting the lights and lighting fixtures for your home, we suggest opting for LED lights. Outdoor LEDs offer an array of benefits including:

  1. LED light bulbs are more energy efficient
  2. LED light bulbs have a longer life span
  3. LED light bulbs helps you save money on your electricity bills
  4. LED lights are non-toxic and greener than other alternatives
  5. LED lighting is flexible in color and design

2) Find Your Power Source

Next, you’ll need to figure out where exactly your electricity will be coming from. For many new homeowners, it can be surprising to see that outdoor electricity sockets are identical to those in your home. So, as far as functionality goes, it’s pretty straight forward. However, keep in mind that even a properly installed and protected electrical system can fail due to unforeseen situations or component failure.

For those looking to decrease their chances of socket failure, we suggest covering your unused sockets with outdoor outlet covers. There are two types of covers available:

One is watertight only when not in use and closed. This type of outlet is only meant to be used temporarily when exposure to weather is not a problem. For example, plugging in a leaf blower. This type of outlet should not be used for holiday decorations as they are often exposed to harsh weather and are left unattended for long durations.

The other type is watertight even when you have something plugged into it, provided you close the cover. Fortunately, changing from one to the other is pretty easy: just take the cover off and put the other one on, making sure to follow the directions to maintain the seal.

3) Map Out Your Installation

Once you’ve decided where needs to be lit, and you’ve got all the supplies necessary to make it happen, you’ll need to find out how to do it! Say you need a fighting fixture in a remote area of your garden or, perhaps, you’re wanting illuminate a pond without having wires running to and fro. Well, you may need to run an underground “line” voltage (120-volt household current). All it takes is a little electrical know-how and a willingness to dig a shallow trench. However, if possible, we recommend simply running cables along the ground and strategically hiding them behind plants, pots, or covering them lightly with dirt or mulch.

For more tips and tricks to lighting your outdoor living spaces, contact a Best Pro Lighting representative today. We’re happy to help and can’t wait to hear from you.

 

Outdoor Improvements on the Rise

Beneath Starry Skies

Photo by Casa Smith Designs, LLC

Looking to upgrade your outdoor decor? Well, you’re not alone! According to The 2016 U.S. Houzz Landscaping Trends Survey, homeowners across the country and looking to improve their landscape lighting and beautify their outdoor living areas now more than ever. One of the biggest leaps American homeowners making is the always cost-effective, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly switch to landscape LEDs. Accordingly, the overall percentage of homes powered by LED lights will rise from 28% to 32% in 2016 alone. That’s what we like to hear! And who do we have to thank for making this switch? Well, the Western states are the main buyers of LED lights, with 35% of Western households planning to add LED lighting to their current lighting solutions, followed by 31% in the South, 29% in the Northeast, and 27% in the Midwest. With such minute differences between each area, I think we can agree that homeowners across America deserve a pat on the back and a gorgeous outdoor space!

Among the outdoor features that homeowners are planning to illuminate are:

Additionally, more than half of these outdoor-appreciating homeowners (52%, to be exact) plan to hire a landscape contractor or designer/architect, and 5% are even opting to hire a lighting specialist to achieve the very best outdoor lighting display their money can buy – and we think that’s a beautiful thing. The benefits of having a perfectly lit landscape are timeless and priceless. If you’ve read our past blogs or have ever walked by a well lit garden in your neighbourhood, you know the difference the right lighting can make. We never want our buyers to be bothered with the unknowns of light temperature, voltage levels, or shadow casting. However, we also know that the DIYing is both gratifying and cost-effective. That’s why we offer the very best customer service, product lines, and outdoor lighting solutions for all of our Best Pro Lighting buyers. Be a natural landscape lighting pro with the help of the Best Pro Lighting team!

To join the movement and add amazing landscape lighting to your property, check out our wide range of LED bulbs and LED light fixtures, and get in touch with a Best Pro Lighting representative today for quick answers and lasting solutions.