Light your home for everyone to see
Posted on July 11, 2017
Installing exterior light fixtures will illuminate a gorgeous pathway into your home. All light fixtures are designed so you can buy a complete family of outdoor lightings that match each other. There are many styles of outdoor lighting for you to consider.
There are wall mounts, decorative exterior light fixtures that radiate the beauty of your home. You can also have posts or pier mounts, which can be placed atop a brick pier or on a six-foot post to light up a driveway entrance. Welcome lights also help you see who you are welcoming into your home.
Landscape lighting is the perfect accent to any outdoor space. There are two main types of landscape lighting: low voltage and line voltage. Low voltage is 12-volts and can be installed by you; line voltage is 120-volts and should be installed by a professional. Area lighting normally shines light in a full 360-degree circle. It is perfect for lighting flower gardens and rock formations. Path lighting accents you’re landscaping while lighting up walkways. Directional lighting is used to shine light towards trees, or cover the side of your house or a wall.
When planning the layout of your LED outdoor lighting system, keep in mind that your want to see the light and not the light source. Even with area and path exterior light fixtures, they should be shinning on something upward, such as a step or a rock.
Outdoor Lighting Installation
Low-voltage landscape lighting is an ideal do-it-yourself project. It’s a remarkably simple, perfectly safe electrical job that leaves your home safer and more inviting after dark. With prices ranging between $100 and $500, it’s also fairly affordable.
You’ll find two basic product categories in most home centers. At the low end are the familiar packaged kits, consisting of a transformer, cable and six to eight plastic exterior light fixtures. These kits are a snap to install and are actually quite durable. But these days more and more homeowners seem to prefer an a la carte mix of cast aluminum exterior light fixtures. Cast aluminum looks richer and the lights are usually brighter, but that’s only part of the appeal. When you buy the pieces individually, you get exactly what you want.