How to save energy on outdoor lighting

Illuminated home garden path patio lights and plants in evening dusk

With fall upon us, we’re met with shorter days and longer nights, which means utilising lights inside and outside our homes. Switching to energy-efficient sources can drastically cut your energy bills, so we’ve put together our top tips to save energy on outside lighting.

Low-voltage lighting is a good option for decorative and landscape lighting. Most of our lights are low-voltage and use LED lamps, which are well-suited for outdoor use and use less energy than halogens. LED lights also last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Lights that have enclosed fixtures are a great option for outdoor lighting, since they are protected from the weather. This elegant small hat shape fixture provides a circle spread of warm light.

The sun may have disappeared for the most part, but when we’re blessed with the occasional sunny day this fall, you could try solar outdoor lighting fixtures. Easy to maintain and install, solar fixtures work well for lighting driveways and paths and make a beautiful addition to your garden.

You should also be sure to clean bulbs and fittings regularly to avoid them getting dirty, which reduces light input and efficiency.

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4 ideas for DIY Outdoor Lighting

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Making the smallest changes in our homes often have the biggest effects. In this blog post, we’ll talk about the way lighting can transform an outdoor space. And don’t worry, you won’t need to enlist the help of a professional. Here are four ideas for DIY outdoor lighting.

Outdoor patio lighting

Although patio season has sadly passed, there’s no reason you can’t make the most of your outdoor sitting area all-year round. Now that it’s getting dark earlier, it’s best to use multiple light sources for your patio. Try hanging outdoor string lights around the outside of the house, and installing path lights around the perimeter.

LED lights

Not only are LED lights highly efficient and look great, they are also far better for the environment. There are a wide variety of outdoor LED light fixture types available, from LED path and step lights to LED rope and string lights.

Deck lighting

Make the most of outdoor lighting. Think not only about the appearance of your outdoor space, but the safety of the area too. Ensure deck lighting highlights your steps, and install lights around the perimeter of the deck too.

Pond lighting

As with deck lighting, installing pond lights ensures your outdoor space not only looks good, but that people can move around safely at night. Think about adding lights around the pond’s exterior to make the surface or the water flow, or to accentuate a waterfall or other feature. Underwater lighting can also be used to highlight fountains or sculptures.

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Low Voltage Landscape Lights: Benefits, Types and Pricing

Why Low-voltage Landscape Lighting?

In a world where the price of power is steep, more and more people are looking to reduce their light bills by cutting down on usage. If you have a garden or yard that needs lighting, low-voltage landscape lights can give you exactly the edge you need to be competitive in the race for conservation. Low-voltage lights typically operate on a 12 V power supply rather than the usual 120 V line supply. Low-voltage does not mean low light or poor light, but it does equate to a lower light bill that could save several hundreds of dollars for you every year.

Benefits of Low-voltage Lighting

The first and most obvious benefit of low-voltage lights is the ongoing cost factor. Typical low-voltage lighting uses 12-18 watt bulbs, which are sufficient for path lighting, deck lighting and other landscape lighting requirements. The fact that they are low-voltage means they run much longer for every unit of power they use: a 15-watt bulb uses half the power of a 30-watt bulb, and for this reason, many people are switching over to low-voltage lights rather than using floods or spots that use more power per hour. The cost of purchase is also relatively cheaper because low-voltage lighting comes with smaller fixtures that are naturally cheaper than their bigger cousins.

The second benefit comes from power conservation: because fossil fuels are still the main source of electricity, the less you use, the lighter the load on the earth’s reserves. It directly benefits the environment when you use low-voltage lighting for your landscape. Additionally, if you install timers on your yard lights, you save even more because you won’t have to depend on manually turning them off every morning. You could set them to go off during the first light of morning. That savings alone is enough to offset any power wastage within the home.

Types of Low-voltage Lighting for Landscapes

Today, low-voltage lights are available in a variety of models. Some use low-power incandescent bulbs, but the more efficient lighting comes from either compact fluorescent or LED lights. The latter is the preferred choice, but it’s a matter of preference. Each of these gives a different lighting effect, so you have the freedom to choose from the three types of lighting while still maintaining your savings and helping the environment.

With regard to design, low-voltage lights are available for any purpose you need: path lighting, deck lighting, spot lighting, accent lights, embedded, submerged (for your pool lighting needs) and many more. The choice of design is staggering, and you’ll be hard-pressed to identify a set of lights that won’t go well with your landscape theme. Antique-style, post-modern, contemporary, classic – the list goes on.

Price Range

Most people are surprised by how inexpensive low-voltage lights can be. Prices start from as little as $25 per light and most products come with manufacturer warranties for replacement or repair. Naturally, there are higher-priced models as well, but the fact that they’re available in a wide price range makes them a perfect fit for almost any landscape lighting budget.