The Beginner’s Guide To Choosing Landscape Lighting

If you have no idea where to start when it comes to buying outdoor lights, this post is for you. For many people, outdoor living spaces are becoming an integral part of how we live, with a wealth of options to help illuminate our gardens. From deck and pond lighting, to well lighting and path lighting, there are a multitude of options to consider. So why is landscape lighting important?

Installing landscape lighting not only enhances the beauty of the features in your garden, whether that be architecture, fountains or paths, but it also increases the value of your home, adding to its aesthetic appeal. Having good landscape lighting also prolongs the time space in which you can use your garden, and ensures its safe and secure.

When choosing the best type of landscape lighting for your garden, you need to consider a number of factors. For this reason, first timers choose to work with a professional landscaper who is knowledgeable about the best types of lighting for your garden as well as methods for installation.

Of course, you can do it yourself without any help from a professional, but you’ll need to familiarize yourself with each type of lighting and how they work first. Low-voltage landscape lighting is easy to work with and doesn’t necessarily require professional installation for this reason. For low-voltage lighting, you’ll also need to purchase a low-voltage transformer.

Choose whether you want to install halogen lighting, which produces a higher intensity light which is very bright and white, fluorescent lighting, which produces very little heat, while giving off cool, visible light, or LED lighting which is long lasting and energy efficient. LED lighting is quickly becoming the favorite for this reason, although keep in mind that the upfront costs are more expensive than for halogen or fluorescent lighting.

You should also familiarize yourself with where to place lighting for the best effect. For example, it’s usually best to place path lighting between one and two feet from the path to illuminate it. Ground lighting may be enough to highlight the path, or you might find you need a combination of high and low lights for the best results.

If you are unsure of the best lighting to use and how to install it, consult a licensed professional. If you’re looking to buy outdoor lights, check out our website, or contact us for more information.

Benefits of Low Voltage Bulbs

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A low voltage light is any bulb that is powered by 30-volts of electricity or less. An ideal solution for any landscape project, Low Voltage Lights offer a range of sustainable benefits that have direct returns on your monthly bills and ecological footprint. Suitable for residential, commercial and industrial landscapes, where ever your garden is located, it can be brought to life with only a fraction of the cost and environmental consequence. Here’s a short list of the benefits you can expect from Best Pro Lighting low voltage lights:

  1. Energy Efficiency

A low voltage light can emit as much light as a traditional incandescent bulb while using a mere 20% of the energy.

  1. Cost Effective

Less energy means less cost. Save money on your monthly electricity bill by opting for low voltage bulbs. There’s nothing more enlightening than a dollar saved.

  1. Minimum Heat Contribution

Unlike halogen and incandescent bulbs, low voltage lights do not heat up or radiate warmth. They are cool to the touch and, thus, can’t harm nearby shrubbery; an ideal light source for heat-sensitive plants and animals.

  1. Longer Life Span

Low voltage lights, especially LED lights, last up to 50 times longer than incandescent and halogen bulbs, so you’ll be saving money and time by not having to remove, purchase, and replace.

  1. Safe to install and power

Low voltage lights do not impose the risk of electrocution when exposed to rain or snow, and can be easily installed without having to turn off your main electricity source since they rely on low voltage transformers to do the job.

  1. Environment Friendly

Low voltage bulbs are the perfect eco-friendly alternative for landscapers who still want the beautiful glow of outdoor lighting. Help mother nature thrive in more than just your garden.


 

Interested in purchasing a few low voltage bulbs of your own? Check out our huge selection of energy efficient lighting solutions today!

The Basics of Landscaping Around a Pool

A backyard pool can be an exciting new addition to your home – it officially makes your place the “fun house” on the block, and friends and neighbors near and far will be knocking on your door to spend hours lounging poolside. However, if you have unsightly landscaping surrounding your pool’s perimeter, you may find yourself more than a little bit embarrassed when swimmers start calling.

Luckily, if you follow a few simple landscaping tips, the result will be a nice, clean-looking pool area you can be proud of – which means you will be able to keep your “fun house” status for many summers to come.

Trim the Trees

If while planning, your pool landscaping starts with a blank canvas of earth, remember to steer clear of trees. The overhang from the branches blocks sunlight when they mature. In addition, leaves, pollen, flowers, and other annoyances will repeatedly fall into the pool and cause you to spend endless afternoons on your tiptoes with a skimmer.

If you must plant trees, pick species such as forsythia or maple – these will lose leaves at one time in the fall and make for much easier cleanup.

If you already have existing trees in your yard, keep the leaves and limbs trimmed back as much as possible without damaging the tree in the process. This way, you can enjoy the shade of the tree without being bothered by low-hanging limbs during your swim. This also keeps the area safe and clean for children and guests.

Low-Maintenance Plants and Shrubs

While planning your poolside landscape, opt for plants that require as little upkeep as possible. At your local nursery, ask about shrubs that don’t need constant pruning to remain visually appealing. It’s also important to select a plant or shrub that will not grow out of control, so choose foliage with a modest rate of growth.

If your pool area has access to loads of sunlight, choose plants and flowers that respond well to sunlight. This will brighten up your yard. Don’t pick delicate flowers that are unable to stand up to roughhousing in the pool.

Distance from the Pool Area

Although some species of plants, shrubs, and flowers are harder than others, you should still strive to keep your backyard landscaping a safe distance from potentially harmful pool water. Repeat exposure to the chlorinated water could eventually kill off your plants. Many people choose to install a concrete walkway around the perimeter of the entire pool area to protect plants against splashing.

Simple solutions for backyard landscaping around pools will keep your yard vibrant and welcoming for friends and neighbors for years to come. The key to landscaping around a pool is to make the pool itself the focal point – the landscaping should be inviting enough to make people want to jump in!