Upgrading and renovating your house may be a time and money consuming process, but there is no better way to increase the value of your home outside of waiting on market changes. There are numerous different routes you can take when updating your home, from full on structural renovations, to landscaping, to simply replacing old doorknobs and cabinet handles. If you’re planning on doing some landscaping, either large or small scale, an important thing to consider is whether you want to install outdoor lighting, and what kind of lights you’d like to install. There are a lot of options available for you to pick from, so you’ll probably want to shop around some and take some time to think on the outdoor lights you want.
Types of Outdoor Lights
When it comes to the variety of lighting options, you certainly don’t have a lack when it comes to outdoor lights. There are on an average twelve distinct types of outdoor lighting you can decide upon. Some of those lighting types, like backlights or underwater pool lights, are a little more specialized than others, like garden and wall lights. You can pretty much an outdoor light for any purpose you can imagine. There are lights that look like little mushrooms that you can line a walkway with to light your way during nighttime strolls, there are floodlights and spotlights that are extremely bright, illuminating your whole yard so you can keep working after dark, or as a way to warn against approaching people or animals, and there are lights designed just to show off your garden or landscaping job by providing illumination and shadow in planned areas.
Regardless of what you want outdoor lights for, you are pretty much guaranteed to find a type of lighting that fits your needs. You can even install lights directly into the deck of your patio to give light when you’re out enjoying a nice evening outside. You just need to ensure that you know what you want from outdoor lighting; otherwise you could become overwhelmed with the vast range of options.
Alternative Power Options
Of course, like everything else in today’s world, your outdoor lights will need a source of power. If you wished, you can simply bury some wire and connect the lights directly to your house’s power grid, but there are additional options that are likely to cost less, and be more beneficial to the environment.
Ehow lists solar lighting and low-voltage landscape lighting as two routes you can take if you want to save some money and power. Solar lights are a great way to give your yard some nighttime illumination without paying anything beyond their purchase price. They use collection panels to absorb sunlight during the day for storage in efficient battery packs. With a full charge, and under ideal conditions, some of those rechargeable battery packs can provide power and light for up to 15 hours. You can even get LED versions if you wish. However, solar lights might not be the best choice if you live somewhere with a lot of cloud cover.
Low-voltage outdoor lighting actually uses power from your house’s grid, but they are designed to be extremely efficient, providing variable intensity illumination with a fraction of the power requirements of other light sources.
It might be possible to consider outdoor lighting as an accessory itself to your house and yard, but that description doesn’t completely fit. However, there are other accessories available on Lumens you can get for your outdoor lights. Particular kinds of outdoor lighting accessories include: timers, motion detectors, and eco-friendly lights. While the last one might not technically be an accessory, you do have to go an extra step to use them in all your light fixtures. Timers are simple devices that allow you to set particular time periods for the lights to turn on or off automatically. And motion detectors are simple to understand as well (though how they work might not be so simple to understand); they automatically turn an outdoor light on, stereotypically a floodlight of some kind, when the sensor detects something moving within its radius.
The Tyranny of Light
While getting some beautiful outdoor light fixtures may brighten up your yard at night, there are actually some disadvantages to using a lot of outdoor lighting at night. The most prominent of these disadvantages is light pollution. If you’ve ever gone on a long road trip at night, you’ve probably seen the glow of a city or town well before you’re anywhere near it. This light pollution can actually be harmful to nocturnal creatures like bats, and it throws a wrench into the work of astronomers. However, developments in outdoor lighting have created light fixtures that do everything possible to avoid leaking any light towards the sky. These lights are called Dark Sky light fixtures. These lights not only reduce light pollution, but they also manage to shield the actual light source quite a bit so as to avoid potentially blinding people with a bright ball of light piercing the night.