Installing outdoor lighting is one way to create a safer, more welcoming, and more attractive home environment. External lighting helps provide security for people in the garden and makes the property less likely to be a target for criminals. And external lighting can simply make a big decorative difference to the look of the home – perfect for entertaining. Here’s what you need to know when you are deciding on outdoor lighting.
- Understand What You Are Trying to Achieve
Different types of lighting will help you achieve different goals in the garden or yard. For example, when you are deciding on the type of lighting to install, consider what you are hoping to achieve and where you want the light. Think about whether you are looking to create an area outside for entertaining, or if you want to ramp up your home security. You may simply want to light a path better so that elderly relatives are safer in the evenings.
- Consider the Practical Matters
Before you start the lighting project, figure out the answers to key practical questions like: how are you going to power the lights? Where will the switch be located – is it in a safe and dry place? Will neighbours be adversely affected by the lighting?
- Choose Fixed Lighting Solutions
A permanent light fitting is often the best solution for outdoor lighting as it is sturdy, efficient, and can be wired up to the existing power supply. In this way, you can fit an outdoor security light or a set of decorative lamps around the patio, and have them wired to the electricity supply in the house and operated with the regular type of light switch. You can even install lights into decking, or around pathways. For supplies for this type of lighting project go to a specialist wholesaler or retailer like www.reconelectrical.co.uk.
- Consider Portable Lighting
If the situation calls for temporary or cheaper lighting solutions then you can find a range of affordable battery-powered lights for decorating the garden. These range from battery-powered lights to hang from trees, to spike lights that are driven into the ground to light a path. These lighting options are good for irregular use but are not suitable for enhancing security or lighting a patio on a regular basis.
- Think About Positioning
You need to consider the glare from a light and how that affects people in the garden as well as people in other next-door properties, or on the street. When you install security lights or spotlights you need to make sure that they do not create a nuisance when they come on at night. Floodlights should also be positioned high above the ground to give the best effect. It is best if you experiment with light positioning using a temporary structure before you fit them permanently.
- Remember Safety
Installing outdoor lighting is not a difficult task but with every electrical project you need to consider safety by using steel armoured wire which is buried deep, plus a low voltage system for the whole circuit.
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