Introduction to Landscape Lighting
Landscape lighting refers to outside lights specifically designed to illuminate outdoor spaces close to the ground, such as garden paths, grass, driveways, or other outdoor architectural features. Landscape lighting fixtures include garden lights, path lights, post lights, and certain models of spotlights. These types of fixtures may be powered by batteries, solar energy, or electricity. When these outside lights are powered by electricity they are oftentimes run on a low voltage circuit, meaning a transmitter is in place to transform the electricity down from 120 volts to 12 volts. Electric landscape outdoor lighting fixtures can be used alongside solar lights, outdoor lanterns, and mounted fixtures to achieve a complete backyard lighting system. These lights are generally smaller in scale when used in residential settings, and can feature fine finishes and ornate detailing, making them a polished and pretty addition to any outdoor space even during daylight hours.
Types of Landscape Lighting
From footpath illumination to garden lights, landscape lighting adds to a polished, tranquil outdoor ambiance in any backyard. These types of lights can vary in size, finish, and style, and be used for a variety of purposes. Types of landscape lighting include garden lighting, path lighting, post lighting, and spot lighting, and the styles for these types of lights varies from traditional to contemporary, with industrial, transitional, and rustic lodge options also available. Decorative features common to this type of outdoor lighting fixtures include hammered or seeded glass shades, dimmers, ornate metal frame designs, and burnished finishes. Certain models require an LED bulb, for a more energy efficient fixture, while others are Dark Sky approved.
Benefits of Landscape Lighting
Similarly to all outdoor lighting fixtures, landscape lighting fixtures are resilient to damage or wear from rain, wind, or snow. These outdoor fixtures are generally run on a low voltage lighting circuit, which may contribute to energy savings and longer lamp lives. Low voltage lighting also allows for smaller light bulb filaments, meaning low voltage lights can be installed in smaller spaces, a useful feature when lighting a backyard or garden. Landscape post lamps can illuminate any outdoor space to increase security of the area or accessibility in especially dark spaces. Small garden lights can add an aesthetic appeal to home or commercial gardens, making areas more ambient and walkable in the darkness.
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