Lighting a beautiful landscape does not have to be expensive. A few well-placed low-voltage path or accent lights can have a huge impact. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- No space is too small. Even modest homes or those with limited yards or gardens can benefit.
- Low-voltage outdoor lighting is safe and relatively easy to install. A handy homeowner can put in a low-voltage lighting system over a weekend. All you need are basic tools, a transformer (to reduce standard 120-volt household current to the safe 12-volt level), outdoor low-voltage copper cable and low-voltage light fixtures.
- It is not necessary to light your entire outdoor space at once. For your initial phase, buy a transformer that will meet the wattage requirements of your future phases. The larger capacity transformer will already be in place when you add additional fixtures.
- Buy well-constructed fixtures. They will last decades longer than cheap fixtures. Find high-quality fixtures at your local American Lighting Association-member showroom. (We’re proud to be an ALA-member showroom!)
- Remember that a little light goes a long way outdoors. For example, a 50 to 60 foot pathway can be adequately illuminated with three to four high-quality lights.
- Save electricity by using a timer and/or photo cell. A photocell automatically turns the lights on at dusk and off at dawn. A timer will allow you to choose when the lights turn on and off.
This information is courtesy of the American Lighting Association
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