Add Beauty and Security to Your Landscape
Exterior lighting is an easy and cost-effective way to add beauty and security to your home. Weather-resistant fixtures are available to highlight landscape features, provide security at a door or in a dark area, or allow you to enjoy your patio or garden in the evening. Outdoor lighting also comes in a variety of styles to complement your home’s decor. Understanding the outdoor lighting styles that work best for each site will help you choose the most appropriate light for your garden, yard, or deck.
Safety and Security Lighting
Solar powered path lights allow you to not have to remember to turn on the lights before you leave the house.
Flood lights offer the benefit of safety and security when lighting a stairway, dark garage or entry. They discourage intruders and light the way for you and your family when you return home after dark.
Position flood lights at least 9 feet from the ground so they cast a wide cone of light and are not readily accessible.
Add motion sensors and timers to customize when and how the lights are turned on and off.
Accent and Decorative Lighting
A variety of styles are available to complement your home and create a different atmosphere in your front and back yards.
Use coordinating collections of lights to carry your style throughout your home’s exterior.
Post lighting along your driveway can add style while welcoming visitors.
With a variety of styles including hat, mushroom and pagoda, you will find one to enhance your home’s exterior while making your entry safer.
Stagger lights on either side of the walkway to avoid the “airport runway” effect.
Flush-mounted lights installed in the decking are designed to be walked on without damage.
Look for weather-sealed lights to ensure long-lasting beauty.
There are three options to consider for powering outdoor lights; each has their own unique benefits.
Solar Powered Lights
Solar powered lighting requires no wiring but must be installed where the fixture will receive plenty of sunlight (at least 6-8 hours) to provide illumination at night.
Installation is easy and solar lights are perfect for illuminating areas where power is inaccessible.
Line Voltage Lighting
Line voltage lighting operates at 120 volts, the same voltage as the appliances in your home. Installing these fixtures outside requires the use of conduit to protect the wires and an electric junction box, rather than an outlet, to power the fixtures.
Low Voltage Lighting
Low voltage lighting operates at 12 volts, making it safer to work with, more energy efficient and easier to install and move. Components include a power pack or transformer, low voltage cable and low voltage lamps.