A few weeks ago we shared a post on using solar lights in your landscape since homeowners are beginning to spend more time outdoors, and with the arrival of the latest American Lighting Association (ALA) newsletter we’ve decided to revisit the subject of outdoor lighting. One of the highlights in this month’s newsletter are the tips on how to create an outdoor resort in your backyard. If you are interested in turning your backyard into a resort consider these things…
- No lawn is too small; modest homes or those with limited yards or gardens can benefit.
- Low-voltage outdoor lighting is inexpensive, safe and relatively easy to install. All you need are basic tools, a transformer (to reduce standard 120-volt household current to the safe 12-volt level), outdoor low-voltage copper cable and low-voltage light fixtures.
- It is not necessary to do everything at once. For your initial project, install a transformer that is larger than required, because it will only consume the amount of electricity being used. The larger capacity transformer will already be in place when you install additional fixtures.
- Buy well-constructed fixtures because they will last decades longer than cheaper options.
- Remember that a little light goes a long way outdoors. For example, a 50- to 60-foot pathway can be adequately illuminated with three to four high-quality lights.
- Save electricity by using a timer or photo cell. A photocell automatically turns the lights off and on when it becomes light or dark outside.
If you are interested in creating a resort in your backyard with lighting visit your Little Rock ALA-member showroom Light Innovations and allow us to help you.
Image from Kichler Lighting