Light Sources for Outdoor Home Use

When it comes to actually choosing outdoor light fixtures, you will find that there are various selections available. Which fixtures you choose will depend on several factors: energy conservation, power, safety, ease of use and low maintenance.

Following are the major kinds of lighting fixture sources, how they operate and the guidelines which each entails.

Hard Wired Fixtures

These fixtures include all which are connected directly into your home’s electrical system. Such fixtures can include those that are wired into the electrical circuit such as entranceway lamps, those plugged into an outdoor socket such as weatherproof lamps, or those which are located farther away from the house and are powered through an underground conduit such as driveway carriage post lamps.

Outdoor lighting fixtures which are directly connected into an electrical system should be installed by a licensed electrician.

Low Voltage Fixtures

Low voltage lighting fixtures are also directly connected to the home’s electrical system. However, they are equipped with a transformer which converts the 110 to 120 volt flow of electricity to a mere 12 volts.

These units are somewhat less durable than the full line powered fixtures, but they are also much safer for outdoor use. Also, low voltage fixtures are considerably less expensive, ideal for smaller spaces near the house.

Battery Powered Fixtures

These fixtures include those which operate on standard alkaline batteries, or contain batteries which are charged by solar power. These fixtures are very easy to install and use, and are capable of being placed wherever you want them. However, battery replacement is a continuous process.

Solar Powered Fixtures

Solar powered units are much more popular today because they eliminate the need to change batteries on a regular basis. Some units have the panel installed directly into them and others have a stand-alone panel which can be hidden behind plants or bushes.

Cloudy days used to be a problem with solar powered lighting fixtures, but today the technology allows most of them to absorb solar energy even on overcast days. These units are also portable and can be located wherever you desire.

While you’re planning your light landscaping and shopping around for various fixtures, keep in mind the source of power that you want to use. You may want to stick with more economical units for all night lighting as they should conserve both energy and money. Areas where you require more light for shorter periods of time could utilize those which are directly connected to your electrical circuit.

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