Landscape lighting can be a good way to enhance your yard and draw attention to certain areas, you decide to highlight. However, if you’re not careful, this simple outdoor lighting idea can be dangerous. Learn more about how you can use outdoor landscape lighting to its fullest potential with these top safety considerations for your home.
Outdoor Low-voltage System
The first thing you need to know when choosing landscape lighting is whether your fixtures will require a low-voltage or high-voltage source. Most fixtures these days are designed to use a standard voltage. However, some fixtures may still require a low-voltage system if they have exposed bulbs. It’s also important to remember that some low-voltage systems are only suitable for outdoor use while others are designed only for inside. Outdoor low-voltage systems are more expensive, but they use less electricity so they are generally a better long-term investment.
High-voltage Landscape Lights
High-voltage landscape lights have a brighter light fixture and more power to illuminate larger areas. If you’re planning on using low voltage fixtures outdoors, be sure to carefully read all product descriptions to ensure the light fixtures you purchase will meet your needs. Outdoor low-voltage fixtures are also more expensive. Be sure to budget for this additional cost before choosing landscape lighting so you don’t face the prospect of overspending on important safety investments.
How Far Away From Your Home
Another important safety consideration for your home is how far away from your home you should direct outdoor lighting. A good rule of thumb is that you should illuminate at least fifteen feet beyond the edge of your home, but the farther away you have to go, the more expensive and bulky your garden lighting will be. So, when choosing landscape lighting for your garden, consider the style, size, and … Read the rest