In the modern world, lighting is essential. A space that isn’t lit correctly can limit your productivity and a space’s usefulness. For outdoor areas, smart lighting will allow you to make use of your yard and prevent injuries from obscured footpaths. However, many of our customers might not fully realize how many options they have when it comes to outdoor lighting. There is so much room to be creative and change how a space functions just from a few lightbulbs. Here is our guide to outdoor landscape lighting.
What Makes Great Landscape Lighting?
As you could probably imagine, not all lighting is made equal. The outdoors has specific challenges that must be met to create quality illumination. One example of this is that landscape lighting should be low voltage. Why? The main reasons are that it’s safer and it’s much easier to use a transformer in outdoor space that is specially equipped for low voltage lights. You won’t sacrifice light output and you will stay efficient with low-voltage systems.
Secondly, great landscape lighting needs to be durable. We like to use tough housings for our outdoor lighting that are resistant to rust and corrosion from the elements. This will ensure your system can withstand any weather conditions and continue to provide quality light. This also includes any wiring that we use to set the system up. They need to be durable and placed to avoid any complications down the road.
Lastly, great landscape lighting needs to bring a bit of artistry. We’ve all seen photos with poor lighting. It can make a subject look strange if not done right. With landscape lighting, your yard is the subject and we want to work with you to highlight aspects of its natural beauty.
Landscape Lighting FAQ
Is Do-It-Yourself a Viable Option?
Honestly, yes! It just depends on the type of lighting you want. You can create a fairly simple set-up using hardware store lights, but it won’t make your backyard pop. Instead, with limited options, you can get enough light to make you feel safe, but your yard won’t be the inviting outdoor space it could be.
How Much Does It Cost?
We are extremely transparent about our pricing. Give us a call, explain the situation and we’ll let you know! It ultimately depends on the size of the system and how many feet of cable we’ll have to run.
What About Maintenance?
The main form of maintenance your outdoor lighting needs is cleaning. Keep it free of leaves and debris and that will prevent overheating. If debris accumulates, the bulbs are likely to burn out.
What are the Types of Outdoor Lighting?
There are a variety of different types of lighting that can be used in outdoor spaces. They all have their own unique purposes and uses. Spotlights are used to point out specific things. They’re bright and can be used to illuminate the features of your backyard. Whether they are a statue or a tree, a spotlight can show off some of the stars of your outdoor space.
Floodlights are great for covering a wide area. You’ve likely seen these to light up driveways. These are great options for safety purposes.
Directional lights are great for spotlighting certain areas of your home or yard. Whether they point straight down or straight up, they can serve a similar purpose to a spotlight, but the harsh angle can have an even greater impact.
These are just some of your options! It all depends on your current setup and what you need to light your outdoor areas for!
Tingley Home Services, are experts within the Natick, MA area, and can provide top-notch electrical services. Call us at (508) 456-8838 for all your electrical needs!