Cool Orbit Landscape Lighting Design
Mark the locations for your fixtures placing lights where they do the most good illuminating the space shining on the walks highlighting the plant material skimming across rock surfaces. Tour the site and look from different angles. Try to hide the fixtures when possible. Aim the light so it doesnt make glare and you cant see the light source. Professional lamp charts are available to help you select the right light source for the application and to see what wattage will provide the desired brightness and throw. Beam spread refers to the size of the pool of light and is measured on a chart at varying distances.
Click or pierce-squeeze connectors can easily allow moisture into the wire. Moisture and corrosion are the enemies of electrical systems. A waterproof splice is necessary for all connections that will be placed underground. A soldered connection with a waterproof electrical connector is a primo connection. Make the connections at the transformer. Most consumer quality transformers have only one voltage tap. Professional and contractor grade transformers have multiple taps to that the optimum operational voltage can be achieved.
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By lighting walkways and steps you eliminate the need for flashlights and reduce the potential for slips and falls. Furthermore landscape lighting deters intruders by giving them less "shadows" in which to hide. A well lit house is the most effective deterrent to intruders but floodlights create pools of light coupled with pockets of darkness often close to windows which provide privacy for an intruder to enter your home. By strategically placing landscaping lights to provide even illumination you eliminate protective cover for any would-be intruder and increase safety and security for your property and family.
Solar landscape lighting is a very practical way to create safety in your yard but be sure they receive enough sun during the day to provide the light during the night. Low voltage lighting is also a good idea to use as lights to guide the way. These are only some of the landscape lighting tips to consider when you want to brighten up your landscape. Landscape lighting is intended to reveal what the night hides and should enhance the property extend the hours of enjoyment and provide security and safety for property owners and guests. In addition to the obvious benefit of being able to enjoy your yard in the evening as well as the day lighting up your home makes the property more visible and thus safer.