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Tips on Using Lighting to Illuminate Your Landscaped Garden

You may get home after the sun goes down on many nights of the week and therefore cannot sit outside and relax. If you have landscape lighting installed, however, you can enjoy spending time outdoors long after the sun goes down. Below are some tips on using lighting for your landscaping.

Bulbs

When you start shopping for landscape lighting, you will have to consider the type of bulbs you want to use. Two options you have include:

LEDs

If you go shopping for landscape lighting, you will see landscape light emitting diodes (LED) lighting. LEDs work well outdoors because they can stand up to the cold. They may be used to light up a pathway or steps or as a light on your front porch.  They can also be used as flood lights. According to the Department of Energy, LED lights last up to 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.

Low Voltage

Low voltage landscape lighting is inexpensive and easy to install. You can also easily add lights or take lights away very easily, and you may be able to install this lighting yourself.  Many people assume low voltages lights are not as bright, but this is not true. These lights use quartz halogen bulbs, which produce a white light.

This type of landscape lighting system connects to a power pack or a transformer that you plug into a standard electrical outlet.

Ways to Use Lighting

A spotlight can be used to show off a fountain or other type of structure. You can purchase one large spotlight or several smaller ones to place around the structure. You can also find spotlights that can be used for underwater lighting.

Path lighting is used to illuminate a walkway for safety purposes, but it also looks great. Downlighting is used to point downward to highlight something, such as a flower garden, a water pond, or any other large surface area.

Flood lights are used to illuminate the best features of your landscaping, such as a beautiful large tree, a sculpture, or large fountain.

Lighting Fixtures

There are many types of landscape lighting fixtures you can use. Some of the most common fixtures you will find include

  • Bullet: This lighting fixture is bullet shaped and used to spotlight a small area.
  • Canister: This type of fixture is made of heavy PVC and is partially buried in the ground. It works well to illuminate a wall, large shrubs, and trees.
  • Path: Path lighting fixtures can be found in a variety of shapes and are usually made from aluminium, copper, or plastic. They can be used to illuminate pathways, driveways, sidewalks, or a flower garden.
  • Box: A box light fixture is shaped like a rectangle and often used to light up large areas.

Consider hiring a landscape designerto help you design your lighting scheme. They can help you choose the best types of bulbs, fixtures and know where to place the lights for the best effect, whether you want vintage outdoor lighting or a sleek, modern look.