The trick to creating a successful backyard lighting scheme is to achieve that delicate balance between sufficient illumination and practical costs. You don’t want to spend more than you have to lighting the outside of your home, but you also want to ensure that you and your family are safe and secure when the sun goes down.
One of the ways that homeowners will go about finding that middle ground is by installing low voltage landscape lighting. Our experts at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives have installed many low voltage lighting systems and this type of arrangement may be well-suited for your home as well.
These days low voltage lighting has become more popular for indoor use, but we believe that once you see all of the benefits you can enjoy when used for outdoor applications, you’ll agree that low voltage is the way to go.
Brightness doesn’t always mean higher quality. Some folks believe that low voltage lighting provides a brighter light while others feel that it can bring a sharper beam of illumination. While this may not be as important for your kitchen track lighting or living room fixtures, a sharper light can be very beneficial when you and your family are spending time outdoors in the evening.
The illumination that comes from your landscape lighting should completely cover the area where it has been installed. Whether your lights are placed along a walkway to provide better visibility or you’re using your fixtures to spotlight certain features in and around the exterior of the home, low voltage lighting offers crisp, brilliant light.
Using low voltage lighting can also be useful towards extending the life of your bulbs. Low voltage lamps are much more conservative than line voltage lighting, however, the price associated with low voltage can also become increased due to the fact that you will need to install additional transformers. These can and will burn out at some point, so you could be incurring further costs that you won’t be facing with line voltage alternatives.
The key here is to consider how often you plan to use the lighting and in what capacity. This can help you determine just how much lighting you will need and if low voltage can bring you the type of benefits you require in terms of the lifespan of your bulbs and the transformers needed to run them.
One of the best benefits of using low voltage landscape lighting is that it can provide you with a wider array of light bulbs with which to use for illuminating the exterior of your home. A larger variety of bulbs allows you to employ different beam sizes, lenses, and fixtures. This means you have the autonomy to create just about any landscape lighting scheme you prefer.
With more options at your disposal, your landscape lighting can fulfill every purpose you want from safety and security to increased curb appeal to make your home stand out in among all the rest in your neighborhood.