Thursday, March 15, 2018

How to Have Fantastic Outdoor Lighting

Diana Smith is on the blog today to share some great ideas on Outdoor lighting and the different things you can do. I love having Diana on the blog, she has great, budget friendly ideas on how to make a huge difference.
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If you’re considering landscape lighting, you should know that it includes more than just creating a pleasant atmosphere to be enjoyed with people you love on those warm Australian nights. The first thing to bear in mind is safety because you don’t want to fall, twist your ankle or break a leg while walking in your backyard. Next, there is security and it is necessary to discourage thieves from entering your backyard. It’s only when you’ve taken care of these two aspects that you can focus on creating a great ambience.
So, you should start by defining the purpose for landscape lighting and think about how important each aspect is to you. Remember that you can have a solution that deals with all three, but simply emphasises one. Whatever the idea behind the decision to create fantastic outdoor lighting, there are some tips that should help you do it properly.
Sketch your yard
Your first step should be to draw a sketch of your yard as precisely as possible. Don’t miss a single building, bench, tree, shrub or anything else you can find in your garden. Your sketch should realistically reflect the height of all those objects and you might want to use some software if you don’t feel your sketch would be good enough.


Choose the place
Depending on your priorities, you need to make a decision about the locations in your backyard where you want to introduce lights. Once you’re sure about the location, consider the type of lights that would be best for the location. For example, you can use a pole-type lamp to illuminate a bench or provide soft light under shrubs for a more romantic effect. On the other hand, a spotlight can be the best option if you want to accentuate a particular feature, such as a water fountain.


Installation
This is a crucial stage. Australian laws require you to have the landscape properly installed, in accordance with all applicable safety requirements. If you’re installing 120-volt lighting, you have to bury the wires at a depth of 18 inches or encase them in conduit to prevent water from getting into contact with the wires. Perhaps it would be the best idea to hire an expert, such as this reliable electrician from Castle Hill if you’re living in Sydney, to do all the work.
On the other hand, you can use low-voltage lighting, but you have to install an outdoor receptacle and a transformer, which converts the 120 volts from the household line to 12 volts to operate the lights. Finally, you might consider solar lighting and forget all about wiring. Just make sure you position the photovoltaic cell so that it receives enough light during the day, which shouldn’t be a big problem for those living in the Land Down Under.


Budget
Once you’ve decided how many lights you need, you should calculate the costs. Don’t forget that if you choose high-voltage landscaping lighting, you have to add the cost of labour for the electrician. Low-voltage lighting may be a bit cheaper and you might even be able to do it yourself, but you have to be careful about buying inexpensive and low-quality products. Finally, solar lights require the highest initial investment, but no further costs will be incurred. Also, having to install a solar panel and wires to provide electricity to a solar landscape light which doesn’t receive enough sunlight will require additional funds.


Set up
Remember that more fixtures with lower intensity bulbs are great for highlighting a single item, while a single brighter light will create harsh shadows. For example, you don’t need such strong lights to illuminate your garden path, while you might want to illuminate your patio with a stronger light.
As most people living in a house in Australia love spending time outside, there’s no reason not to create both a safe and pleasant atmosphere. The investment doesn’t have to be very expensive, but the result is almost always amazing.

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