Not only has the technology of light sources improved, but there are also many other improvements in outdoor lighting systems. Solar-powered lighting is now available, using small solar panels to recharge built-in batteries that power individual pathway lights or even floodlights. Motion-sensor light systems are available. Smart homes now exist, and outdoor lighting systems can be controlled by the home’s programming system.
Benefits to Outdoor Lighting
Aesthetics is part of any outdoor lighting system; it has to look good. And not just at night. A system with fixtures and components that look ugly or out of place in daylight is not the best choice. Our experts will help you to choose a system that fits with the décor of your home and property and enhances it. If the lighting system is going to be a major purchase, then it will add to the value of your home.
Do you already have a landscape llighting system, but you’re looking to change it? That’s advisable, especially with a legacy system based on halogen lights. Halogen bulbs for systems can be difficult to find if the original manufacturer has discontinued production. Changing to an LED system can lead to reduced energy costs, and a longer lifespan for the light source.
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Energy use is still a consideration for lighting systems. There are many energy-efficient LED systems on the market, and they have improved energy efficiency and longevity over older halogen or incandescent lights. LED light sources are so efficient that they can be supplied with power by batteries, eliminating the need for wiring them to the home’s electrical system, and making them independent of a home’s electrical outage. But, battery power is not enough for a larger or elaborate system using very bright lights.
If you want an extensive lighting system with many bright lights, you’ll need professionals like Landscape Concepts Inc. who know how to plan the necessary wiring, including lengths and complexity. Related to that, will you need permits from the local municipal authorities to install the wiring? If so, those are added costs. Also, can the company that sells the lighting system to you install it, or do you have to hire a contractor, at extra cost?
You’ll also want lights that please you, with the color of the light they give. It may seem like a trivial detail, but it isn’t. Light “color” is rated in degrees Kelvin (K), and will usually be on the box or packaging of the light. For example, a fluorescent bulb may be rated at 3500 K. The Kelvin scale for lighting ranges from 1,000 to 10,000, with most residential lighting less than 6,500 K. Ratings from 2,000 K – 3,000 K is “warm white (orange to yellow-white; from 3,100 K – 4,500 K are “cool white” (neutral white to slight blue tint), and above 4,500 K is “daylight” (blue-white, imitates daylight). What color gives your home the desired look?
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