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8-08-2023

How to Choose Landscape Lighting

How to Choose Landscape Lighting:A Comprehensive Guide to Landscape Lighting

Revamping your home's exterior and garden space? Perfect! But why should the twilight hours hide your efforts? Flip a switch, and with strategically deployed outdoor luminaries, you can cast away shadows, highlighting the meticulous details of your space. Properly executed exterior illumination accentuates your property's unique architecture and showcases your curated vegetation.

Countless lighting alternatives exist, each with their unique impact. Whether you aim to brightly illuminate your front yard as a deterrent to intruders or intend to prevent any accidental trips in the dark, there's a fitting outdoor lighting solution for your needs.

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Table Of Content

  • Unraveling the Mysteries of Outdoor Lighting
  • Key Factors When Choosing Landscape Lighting
  • Crafting Your Exterior Illumination Blueprint
  • A Quick Guide for DIY Enthusiasts
  • FAQs

Unraveling the Mysteries of Outdoor Lighting

The majority of contemporary exterior illumination is of the low-voltage variant—and rightfully so. Beyond its safety benefits compared to the 120-volt alternatives, it's more economical to install. But don’t mistake lower voltage for lesser impact. Harnessing the capabilities of a step-down transformer, these lights may operate on diminished power but deliver on limitless potential. Whether it's simulating a soft lunar glow cascading from treetops or a gentle radiance blanketing a garden pathway, it's less about the gear and more about the vision.

Decoding the Low-Voltage Illumination System

A low-voltage outdoor lighting system consists of a transformer that reduces the household voltage to a safer level, a bulb that determines the light's attributes, a fixture housing for protecting the bulb and shaping the beam, a stake for fixture stability, and a cable that transmits power. This system can beautifully illuminate outdoor spaces.

ComponentFunction
BulbDictates light's brightness, color, beam width, and energy usage.
Fixture HousingProtects bulb and aids in directing light beam.
CableTransmits current from the transformer to the light.
StakeAnchors the fixture in place.
TransformerConverts 120-volt current to a safer 12 volts.

Understanding Different Types of Outdoor House Lights

This guide delves into various types of outdoor lights - Spotlights, Floodlights, Garden Lights, Step Lights, Wash Lights, Well Lights, and Downlights, detailing their functionality and their unique charm when illuminating your outdoor spaces.

Spotlights:Compact, yet versatile, spotlights are fitted with narrow-beam bulbs that are ideal for illuminating specific architectural features, garden structures, or trees. Available in low-voltage and solar-powered options, these fixtures can be cleverly placed to create an elegant uplighting effect or positioned above to shed light downwards.

Garden Lights:Typically mounted on 18-24 inch posts, garden lights cast a soft glow onto planting beds and also serve as pathway markers. Their unique design and finish add a touch of style to your garden.

Floodlights:More powerful than spotlights, floodlights emit a wide beam of light, ranging from 45 to 120 degrees. Often installed with dual heads for maximum coverage, these fixtures come equipped with motion sensors for energy efficiency. Ideal for lighting large areas such as driveways,yards, patios, and entrances.

Step Lights:These lights are installed on each stair riser or along deck railings, offering both safety and a warm ambiance. They ensure each step is illuminated, preventing potential trip hazards.

Downlights:Usually positioned high on tree trunks or branches, downlights illuminate lawns, paths, or tree foliage, creating a serene moonlit effect. These fixtures are best chosen with durable copper, brass housings and LEDs to minimize maintenance.

Well Lights:Concealed in a waterproof housing buried in the ground, well lights illuminate the underside of plants or the base of walls without the fixture being visible. They are available with either fixed or swiveling bulbs.

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Key Factors When Choosing Landscape Lighting

When investing in landscape lighting, it's crucial to identify your central focus, understand light direction, and decide on a suitable power source.

  • Highlighting Elements:Start by identifying the main element or space you wish to enhance. Are you drawing attention to an elegant stone pathway or emphasizing the beauty of a rose-covered archway? Each area necessitates specific lighting intensities and angles.
  • Lighting Direction:Determine the origin of your light source. Are you planning on using ground fixtures for an uplighting effect or fixtures placed higher up, like on walls or trees, for downlighting? Your choice here will guide you in picking out the perfect installation setup.
  • Selecting a Power Source:Decide on your preferred power mode. If you're leaning towards hassle-free solutions, consider solar-powered options that don't require cables. On the other hand, if you're prepared to commit to a more permanent setup, hardwired lights may be the way to go. For a balanced approach, low-voltage lighting, paired with an outdoor outlet and transformer, offers efficiency and simplicity.
  • The LED Question: Is It Worth the Extra Cost? The durability and efficiency of LEDs are undeniable. With a lifespan of around 25,000 hours, or 10 years of typical use, they far surpass halogen bulbs' two-three year life. Consuming between 1 to 10 watts of power in comparison to halogens' 15 to 80 watts, LEDs significantly lower installation and operational costs, offering up to 60% savings over a 10-year period. Yet, the initial cost of LEDs could be a deterrent, at around $30 per bulb versus the $3 for a halogen counterpart.

Crafting Your Exterior Illumination Blueprint

Whether you want to emphasize a specific aspect of your yard or merely give your outdoor space an alluring glow, the right light can make all the difference. It's true that professional help can eliminate the hassle, but homeowners ready to put in a bit of time and effort can significantly cut costs while creating a truly personalized exterior lighting plan.

Emphasizing Distinctive Outdoor Features :
When it comes to accentuating focal points, employing a variety of lights such as flood, spot, or wash lights can do the trick. Consider a unique statue, a charming garden bench, or a gazebo as the object of interest. Directing two or more light sources towards it creates an intersection of beams, minimizing harsh shadows and ensuring every detail is visible.

Showcasing Your Home's Exterior Highlighting your home's exterior:
 requires a strategic approach. Spotlights with a 15-30 degree beam spread can be aimed at your house's corners or architectural highlights, while wash lights can seamlessly fill the gaps. Setting spotlights upward, approximately a foot away from the foundation, brings attention to notable architectural elements like the robust porch columns, the overhanging eaves, or the elegant dormers.

Accentuating the Majestic Nature of Trees:
Trees can be breathtakingly beautiful when lit correctly. Spotlights aimed upwards into the foliage create a dramatic effect, but don't forget to illuminate the trunk to prevent a disconcerting 'levitating treetop' look. When using downlights, place two 20-watt lights as high as possible, ensuring their beams don't cross. For trees under 20 feet, a couple of 20-30 watt uplights will suffice. However, taller trees, say 50-60 feet, might necessitate four to six 35-50 watt uplights for the desired effect.

Creating an Inviting Backyard Oasis:
Landscape lighting isn't just for the front of the house. To create an inviting ambiance in the backyard, a combination of tree-mounted downlights and upward-pointing well lights can enhance tree structures and encourage outdoor activity. And when you can't rely on the moon's glow for your evening barbecue, additional tree-mounted lights can add a charming glow to your patio, creating a perfect party atmosphere.

Illuminating Your Garden Beds:
 Lighting up your garden requires a delicate balance. Garden lights should be positioned at least 20-25 feet apart to create discrete 'pools of light', guiding the observer's gaze from one plant to another. Additionally, it's essential to ensure that the garden fixtures are taller than the plants, like these lovely succulents, that you're looking to highlight. This will ensure your plants are beautifully lit without being overwhelmed.

A Quick Guide for DIY Enthusiasts

Recessed fixtures with a medium screw base lamp holder can accommodate incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, or LED light bulbs. However, specific fixtures may have dedicated lamp holders designed for certain bulb types, typically fluorescent or halogen.

  • Selecting the Right Transformer: To calculate the transformer's watt-capacity, sum up the total wattage of all lights to be installed and multiply by 1.3.
  • Light Control: Timers are reliable automatic switches that adjust for seasonal daylight variations. Wireless keypads and fobs offer a convenient method of manual control, and unlike hardwired switches, they don't necessitate an electrician for installation.
  • Maintaining Uniform Brightness: Linking fixtures in a daisy chain to a single cable may result in unequal brightness. To avoid this, use a 10-gauge cable connected to a waterproof junction box and split into equal lengths of 12-gauge cable. This ensures that power arrives at the fixtures in the optimal range: 10 to 12 volts for halogens and 9 to 14 volts for LEDs.(Low-voltage cables must be buried at least 6-7 inches deep, and a plastic spike is used to secure the fixture in the ground.)
  • Necessary Skills: Installing fixtures, cables, and digging trenches are straightforward tasks. However, if your outdoor area lacks a 20-amp GFCI-protected receptacle for the transformer, you should enlist a licensed electrician.
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