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Outdoor Lighting – A Recreational And Security Issue

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The right outdoor lighting adds elegance to home exteriors while keeping your property safe and sound. It highlights natural and man-made features thereby raising the overall value of property. They create the perfect ambience for outdoor partying. If you’re thinking of landscape remodeling, here are some of the option to consider.

Types of Landscape Lighting

Outdoor lighting has different applications. Light fixtures are used to light up pathways, driveways, patio, decks, porch, steps and sconces. There are different types of lights. The first type is landscape lights. These fixtures are artistic in design and are used to highlight particular features most often an architectural feature.

Wall sconces have been around for centuries and were used to decorate outdoor and indoor living spaces. The practice still continues with slight modifications in construction and design. In modern times, wall sconces are not a primary source of lighting; they offer indirect lighting. They are used to create a dramatic effect on a patio or garden wall. Walls sconces are made of brass and wrought iron and are known for their smooth lines and intricate curves. There are string lights too. String lights are common as Christmas decoration and are usually put up during the holiday season.

Wall and ceiling units can be fitted throughout the front and exterior of a home. Post lights are generally positioned along the driveway, the pool and patio. Flood lights are the best option when it comes to security of a home. It includes wall-mounted and post-mounted lights. They cast lights around and prevent intruders and thieves from trespassing one’s property.

Tips to ensure Outdoor Lighting proves a Reasonable Decision

Many homeowners prioritize aesthetic appeal over reasonability when they buy lighting fixtures for outdoor spaces. It is only after they receive their first energy bill that they realize they made a wrong choice. Redoing the landscape is not a practical option and could even cost you more than your energy bill. Hence, it is advised that you keep a few pointers in mind to add beauty to your home without overstepping your budget.

Like most other electric appliances available today, outdoor systems are made more energy efficient. They consume less amount of electricity and are environment friendly. Their design involves the use of a transformer. The transformer converts the current and lowers energy consumption. An easy-setup with minimum wiring is another advantage of low voltage systems.

Solar powered appliances and systems have become extremely popular. Solar powered systems operate on energy derived from the sun. They illuminate home exteriors with the same efficiency as an electric system. They dispense with complicated wiring and can be fitted virtually anywhere. LED lights are another popular option and use the least amount of electricity. They are available in different colors and therefore allow greater scope for experimentation with regards to landscape design. Durability is also a factor you should consider. Given the fact that these fixtures will be positioned outdoors you should opt for weather-resistant units.

One can purchase outdoor lighting from local dealers and online stores. Look up companies that offer light fixture and installation services. Choose fixtures that suit your home décor and fit your budget.

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