Landscaping DIY: Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor landscape lighting is not just about safety and security, it can also add to the elegance and appeal of your home and yard when done properly. By adding a few lights here and there, you can put emphasis and add aesthetics on your lovely garden, favorite tree, soothing pond and other landscaping elements. With outdoor lighting, you can also give life to your yard even it’s night and dark outside.

So how can you achieve a good landscape lighting? Well, follow these simple tips and reminders.

Use low voltage outdoor lighting. This is because the usual 120-volts used in everyday lighting can be very dangerous when out outside. To create low voltage lighting, you can install transformers that will reduce voltage for your landscape lighting to a mere 12 volts. With this, you reduce the chance of getting people electrocuted even though you end up with wiring being exposed due to the weather and other elements. However, using transformers can actually result to dimmer lights especially those further away from the power source. Using more tranformers can help with this problem, as well as planning out a good electrical blueprint that will ensure equal power distribution on all the lights.

Plan the project. As with any landscaping tasks, planning is also a crucial part when designing and installing landscape lighting. Things you need to consider include the convenience and safety features of the lighting, the aesthetic and appeal it will add to your original landscape design, as well as the satisfaction and use you can get by adding additional lights. Knowing the three major categories for landscape lighting is important as well. The first type is the path lighting, which uses fixtures that focus light onto your paths and walkways. This type is primarily use for safety, but it can also create aesthetically pleasing lighting effects for your outdoor landscape. Next type is the accent lighting, which focuses light onto specific objects or landscape features, at the same time allowing for more peripheral lighting and dim illumination of surrounding areas. Its main objective is to create more appeal and emphasize individual areas like a tree or a garden. Last but definitely not the least is spread lighting. Just as the name suggests, this type creates a more general mood by emphasizing certain areas instead of just focusing on a single object or feature. Knowing which type to use, or proper combination of the different types, will definitely improve the satisfaction you get by adding landscape lighting.

Cost is important. Safety is not the only reason why low voltage lighting is the best way to go for landscape lighting. Cost also plays an important part when adding lighting to your landscape design and using low voltage system can definitely make it even more affordable for home owners. Aside from the fact that they use less electricity, installation and maintenance don’t cost as much. And with this system, you can actually work on it yourself so you bypass paying huge electrician fees.

Landscape lighting certainly have lots of advantages when it comes to your goal of having the perfect yard. And with proper knowledge on how to do it, you can certainly be a step closer to it with little to no problem at all.

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