We’re well into the fall season and you’re likely admiring the fall colors in your backyard. If you’re wondering how you can make the most out of your backyard space and highlight certain areas, then you should consider the following three landscape lighting options.
1. LEDs for low-voltage downlighting and up-lighting
Low-voltage lighting is much safer than systems requiring 120 volts and also quite affordable. With low-voltage lighting, you’ll spend less on utility costs, installation, bulbs and maintenance. Low-voltage landscape lighting systems also increase the original and resale value of your home.
When considering where to use low-voltage lighting, think about which areas you’d like to highlight, such as driveways, patios and doorways. When you’re ready to purchase lighting fixtures, choose quality brass, copper and steel fixtures to extend the life of your lighting.
2. Mounting lights to showcase trees or fountains
You can use a strap device to mount a light fixture on a tree. Avoid driving nails or screws into a growing tree as this will cause an injury that will lead to growth around the light fixture and create problems. You can also place lights in the ground next to a tree and prevent a “glare in the eye” hazard. Properly installed, this type of lighting can really showcase the structure of a tree.
To install an in-ground light fixture, you’ll need to dig an 18-inch hole and fill it about halfway with gravel. Insert extra cable and then the plastic housing for the light into the hole. Add some more gravel around the unit and then slide the lamp into the housing.
3. Spotlights to illuminate pathways
After a long day at work, one of the most relaxing things you could do is enjoy the quiet of your own backyard. In these instances, spotlights are great for highlighting a pathway and creating interest.
A few things to consider when installing pathway lights is to avoid putting the lights too close to the pathway, as that will increase the chances of the lights being stepped on and broken. Choose LED strip lights for greater durability.
For additional information about landscape lighting and for a price estimate on installing outdoor landscape lighting, reach out to a certified Blue Apple Electric electrician.