Outdoor Lighting – Lighten Up Your Home
The benefits of outdoor lighting systems offer increased lighting for safety and security, as well as adding beauty and elegance. It is also a great way to make use of your garden after dark, and highlights your landscaped spots.
There are different kinds of lighting called task lighting, and accent lighting. Task lighting is more inclined towards practicality. It may be used to light your landscape to help you move safely around, when preparing food, or as a safety measure to view level changes and stairs.
Accent lighting on the other hand, highlights your favorite landscape spaces such as sculptures and trees, while drawing attention away from something like a garden shed.
Solar power and electricity are the two power sources you can consider for outdoor lighting. Undoubtedly, solar energy is better for the environment since it is a renewable resource. The solar energy charges the lights during the day, which can then be used after sunset. Furthermore, the fact that there are no ugly looking cables around, make them a popular option. The disadvantage though, is that they are not as bright as electric light; therefore they can not be utilized as spotlights or in places that tend to receive little sunlight.
Electric lighting on the other hand, requires wiring and cables which you can actually install yourself. If you choose a 12V transformer, it must be used for electric lights as it acts as a power board. It is plugged into the power point and the lights are plugged into it.
There are two types of outdoor lighting options which are Halogen and Light Emitting Diode (LED). Halogen lights are meant to be used as landscape lights. However, the yellow light that they produce uses much more energy than LED lights, and they become very hot to touch. LED's emit a purer white light which in fact helps portray the actual color of the landscape. Furthermore, they are a lot cheaper and do not get hot.
There are a variety of creative lighting designs to have you spoiled for choice. Some of the main ones include uplighting, which directs the light upwards to highlight a feature and to some extra light up a bit of the surrounding areas.
Spotlights are bright lights aimed at one particular feature, which could be a sculpture, water feature or tree. Downlights are positioned at a high level and focus downwards. Path lights are mainly used as a safety and security measure, and should be placed at intervals along the pathway.
Surface lights are those that are built into walls, or used to highlight the deck and step surfaces. They assist visibility and security to some extent. Wall lightings are flat panels that are built into the wall which can light up any features on the wall, as well as highlight your boundary, giving added security.
So now there should be no more stumbling around because it's too dark to see, and you can now entertain family and friends in your backyard, even after it gets dark.