A few handy outdoor lighting techniques

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The transition to fall can sometimes be depressing especially after you’ve spent months enjoying the longer hours of daylight. Needless to say, a good way to brush off the autumn chill is by upgrading your outdoor lighting to something a little more efficient for the months ahead. Most homeowners choose to install lower-voltage or LED lights, while others invest in some directional lighting to provide accent throughout their garden. Some outdoor light aficionados may even strategically place path lighting along their driveways in order to provide an extra glow for when the sun starts to set in the late afternoon. While the practicality of having the appropriate outdoor lighting seems more necessary this time of year, it can also prove to be a rather enchanting way to illuminate the surroundings around your home.

The more darkness there is, the more light you’ll need

It’s no secret that you’re missing the days of summer. As darkness begins to fold across the sky earlier in the day, the need for exterior lighting becomes more demanding. These longer periods of darkness usually correspond with higher energy bills, due to the fact that your household lights, both indoor and outdoor, remain on for a lengthier period of time. An easy way to combat the cost of energy is through the use of both low-voltage bulbs and LED bulbs.

Combined together, low-voltage and LED lights require less energy and usually possess a longer lifespan than the traditional light bulb. If you’re going to spend hours utilizing your exterior lighting throughout the colorful season, it only makes sense to purchase bulbs that offer you savings. Shedding light doesn’t need to be costly!

Directional lighting accents your surroundings

Another solution to the darkened gloom that often follows fall is directional lighting, which allows you to showcase all of the striking elements of your garden through the overcast shadow of an average autumn night. As one of the best ways that homeowners can enjoy their garden year-round, these lights have the ability to either up light the intensity of light towards your favorite, gigantic tree or downlight the radiance of light onto a garden statue.

Directional lighting is also used as a means of security, often facing the glare in the direction of a very dark, inactive corner.

Light your way with path lighting

It’s always a good idea to add some light to your walkways as the change in natural light shifts. In the summer, it’s still bright and sunny when you return home from work, but in the fall, you’re usually left with sunsets barely hanging on by the time you reach your porch. Not only will upgraded path lights help you find your way to your doorstep, but they can also help your invited guests see their way as well.

Step-deck lighting increases your visibility

Incorporating step-deck lighting provides a little warmth to the chill that is offset by a brilliant fall evening, the aesthetic appeal to your properties surroundings and the security that is needed to avoid any careless accidents.

Step-deck lighting is designed to illuminate your backyard, with durable fixtures that highlight your deck as a main focal point. Why shouldn’t you be able to look out your window and enjoy the featured elements of your garden?

How are you using lighting to your advantage this fall? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

Questions to ask yourself when selecting the right outdoor lighting

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People install outdoor lighting for a variety of different reasons — style, security and safety — but before you invest the time and money into exterior home lighting, it is important to ask yourself the right questions. Answering these questions will allow you to make a plan to achieve the best lighting effects for your home or garden.

What is the style of your home?

Whether you have a small townhome porch or a vast outdoor garden, your lighting needs to match surroundings.

The first step to achieving the right outdoor ambience is to consider the style, colors and proportions of your home. Is your living space modern or traditional? Does it have any colored siding or roofing? What are the tonal colors of the finishes? How tall is your architecture? Once you address all these questions, purchasing outdoor lighting will be much easier.  

Where should you add some light?

One of the keys to using lighting to your advantage is to know where it should be placed throughout your exterior space. Well your home probably already possesses a porch light, adding some directional lighting can really help to illuminate your surroundings. Do you have a nice pond or flower garden as well? No problem. Invest in some underwater pond lights or some path lighting to guide your guests along your beautiful backyard walkways.  

How much lighting is too much lighting?

When it comes to lighting, more light does not necessarily mean better light. Exterior lighting choices are essential to creating the right backyard ambience. More light can typically cause a harsh glare making your outdoor space uninviting. When you choose your outdoor lighting fixtures, consider placing some low voltage bulbs. Not only are they more energy efficient, eco-friendly choices, but they also provide your home or garden with a softer flow that can deliver the perfect amount of illumination.

How important is it to have energy efficiency lighting?

While you have many choices for energy-efficient lighting, it is important to find the bulbs for your lighting needs.

Your outdoor lighting shines and glows far longer than any indoor lighting throughout the day, especially in the darker, winter months of the year. In the long run, saving energy by using better light bulbs will put money back into your pocket. While LEDs are more expensive to purchase, they last far longer than other traditional light bulbs on the market and they work far better for individuals that live in cooler climates.

Are there any other questions that you need answered before selecting the right outdoor lighting for home? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

 

The Many Advantages of Using Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

The Many Advantages of Using Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

While most homeowners are well aware of the many advantages of using landscape lighting, they may not know why low voltage landscape lighting is the best choice. Here’s a comprehensive list of the advantages of using low voltage landscape lighting.

Aesthetics

Low voltage landscape lighting produces a light that is soft and similar to natural moonlight, which makes it easier to display the beauty of your outdoor space. High voltage lighting can be too bright and overpowering and therefore obstruct the view.

Energy Efficiency

Low voltage landscape lighting uses only a third of the energy that it takes to power high voltage landscape lights, which, of course, decreases their impact on the environment and your household energy bill. Also, low voltage LED lights can last for nearly 30 years, which is significantly longer than traditional halogen or incandescent lighting.

Safety

Low voltage lighting is a safer option for installation and everyday use since due to their low voltage, you are not at risk of electrocution, which means you don’t have to fear using your landscape lighting in the rain or snow. Additionally, low voltage lighting cables can be hidden safely directly under the topsoil whereas high voltage cables need to be deeply buried for safety purposes.

Visibility and Security

One of the primary purposes of landscape lighting is to illuminate your property so that you and others can navigate your property safely. However, when you use high voltage lighting, your view can still be obstructed by large shadows or glare. Because low voltage lighting does not impede the visibility of your property, it makes it safer for people to navigate and easier for you to detect possible intruders.

Recreational Use

Landscape lighting makes it easier for you to utilize your outdoor recreational areas at night. And when you choose a low voltage lighting option, you can do so without accumulating a hefty energy bill.

Property Value

Landscape lighting for all the reasons listed above are sought-after features for home buyers, which is why having a quality landscape lighting system can actually increase your property value. And since the vast majority of home buyers are looking for energy-efficient amenities, you can make your property more desirable by having a low voltage landscape lighting system. Additionally, low voltage lighting is ideal for displaying landscape elements such as retaining walls and flower beds that can draw potential buyers to your property.

Other Advantages

  • It’s easier to reposition a low voltage landscape lighting system, so if you expand your patio or add a retaining wall, it’ll be easy to redesign your lighting.
  • Because the lighting isn’t overpowering, it’s easier to have multiple landscape lighting elements such as flood, well, pathway and deck lights.
  • By adequately illuminating your pool or sports court (tennis, basketball, etc.), you’re able to get far more use out of them which will have a positive effect on your health.

Are there any other advantages of using low voltage landscape lighting that we missed? Please share in the comments.