Path Lights

There’s something simply spectacular about a well-manicured landscape, and outdoor lighting enhances the ambience by beckoning visitors over. Of course, pathway lighting can increase the safety of your outdoor areas by illuminating safe walkways. At home you can use garden lights to help guests navigate nature, guide them up to your front door or both. If you decide to illuminate your backyard with path lights, here are a few things to consider before you make your purchase.

What kinds of ways can I install my garden lighting?

One of the first things you’ll probably want to consider is the type of lighting system. The most common choices are LED, solar, 12-volt and 120-volt systems; each one has a few unique characteristics.
• LED: Thanks to their extreme efficiency and low cost, LED garden lights are a popular choice that come in solar, 12-volt and battery-operated options. Their bright, white light is perfect for illuminating dark pathways or highlighting your foliage.
• Solar: If trimming down your power bill is one of your goals, solar garden lighting is an ideal choice. This style features solar cells that gather energy from the sun during the day and convert it into power at night.
• 12-volt: This low-voltage choice is popular thanks to hassle-free installation and increased safety. Best of all, even though they’re wired, 12-volt garden lights don’t require you to bury any wiring or enclose it in a conduit. However, you will need to install a transformer to reduce the risk of electrical shock — a transformer also reduces power costs and allows you to add a timer.
• 120-volt: Though you’ll need an electrician to install a 120-volt system, it won’t require a transformer and you won’t experience any drops in voltage along the wire runs like you might with a 12-volt system. Because this is a high-voltage system, your wires will need to be buried underground at a certain depth or run through a conduit. It’s also important to make sure all of your system’s components are waterproof to prevent any chance of electrical shock.

What finishes can I choose for my pathway lighting?

Because your garden lights will be exposed to the elements, you’ll want to pick a finish that is at least fairly waterproof. At the same time, keep in mind that your finish color and pattern may change after being exposed to the weather.
• Stainless steel: This sleek, shiny finish will complement any modern home, though you will need to maintain your stainless steel path lights to keep grime and tarnish from building up. A similar option is phosphatized steel, which will help reduce the number of brown spots that can be prevalent on stainless steel surfaces outdoors.
• Copper: This unique finish can provide an interesting effect that changes as the years go by. While copper pathway lighting may start out shiny, it will eventually dull and gain a greenish patina that blends flawlessly with any kind of greenery.
• Aluminum: If you’re looking for a specific color for your garden lighting, you’ll be happy to know that aluminum can be painted in a variety of colors. It also tends to be one of the cheapest options.
• Brass: Similar to copper in that it starts out bright and shiny, brass will also weather to a more muted golden brown. If your brass finish is polished, it may weather to an even darker brown. Brass garden lighting is a great choice thanks to its high durability.

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