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Designing Your Outdoor Lighting

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

It’s always around this time of the year that I appreciate the design elements of our outdoor lighting scheme. The days are getting shorter and I find that I am turning on our outdoor lights slightly earlier each day. The result of decent outdoor lighting is that we can still use our outdoor space into late August and September.

During the longer days of mid summer, it seemed that I could cook and entertain relatively late without worrying about turning on the lights. Safety is a big issue for me, and I like having stairs and pathways of my back yard lit well enough so my friends and family don’t end up in a bush. But now that the days are shorter, I just enjoy turning on the lights so that my evening guests can enjoy the ambiance as much as I do.

We started to create our outdoor lighting scheme about 5 years ago. My spouse and I were charmed by the simplicity and beautiful effect of the outdoor lights of a French restaurant we visited in Mexico. Since that time we have experimented with many different types of outdoor lighting designs. Our scheme is a work in progress and it gets refined each year. Some years we use a lot of string lights while in other years we use spot lights and twinkly lights. We generally tend to stick to white lights although we sometimes use the odd colored spotlight.

Solar Garden Lights

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Gardens are the best place for relaxing, specially after a long tiring day. The surrounding environment has a great effect on our moods and so does a well illuminated garden. It looks simply awesome during the night.

You can find a large variety of decorative outdoor lights in the market, ranging from bright and much fancy looking fixtures to various simple options. They are available in various price ranges so you can accordingly select as per your budget.

There are a few different options when it comes to lighting your backyard environment. The first thing that you need to decide is what your primary goal is with the lights. What do you want to achieve? Do you want a subtle effect or bright lights that will extend your living area? Do you want to display plants or trees? Alternatively, do you simply want to light up your walkway?

Once , you have a clear picture of your needs, you can examine the options that are available. These days solar lights are most commonly used for garden lighting.

Solar Powered Landscape Lighting – Say No to Wires in Your Landscaping

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Solar powered landscape lighting eliminates the need for any wiring in your landscaping whatsoever. Solar powered landscape lighting is becoming more popular, day after day, due to not only being absolutely autonomous, but also being extremely low cost. Any homeowner will be able to save on their electric bills and get rid of the unsightly wires in their landscaping.

Solar powered landscape lighting uses natural solar energy for emitting light. This type of landscape lighting is both cost effective and environmentally friendly.

No lighting wires in your garden means three main things: children in your garden will not get an electric shock, animals in the garden will not damage the wires as well as such wireless units will be very easy to set up and to relocate in the future.

Why does the number of homeowners, who opted for solar powered landscape lighting, increase day after day?

1. Solar powered landscape lighting provides the homeowners with a wide range of units to choose from for their landscape lighting design, including floodlights, flashlights, bollard lights, step lights, garden lights, light strings, lantern lights, hanging path lights, wall lights and adorable floating pool lights.

Outdoor Spot Lights Can Benefit Any Outdoor Lighting Scheme

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Have you ever thought about installing an outdoor spot light? It is easier than you thought and these lights serve more purposes than originally thought. Most homes or business establishments that have outdoor lighting schemes can benefit from the installation of outdoor spot lights. Outdoor spotlights have a number of different purposes ranging from providing extra security, high-lighting pathways, providing extra safety, and providing a nice form of ambiance. Properly positioned spot lights are a wonderful addition to any outdoor lighting scheme.

Typically when you think of outside spotlights you probably think of outdoor concerts, or outdoor shows where event planners needed to draw your attention to one specific spot (moving or stationary). Or perhaps you have only really seen spotlights lighting up the sign in front of local businesses. These are ideal uses for the spotlight, but you might not realize that there are many places around your own house that you could install a spotlight to great effect. Think of your backyard lighting scheme, do you have a wonderful statue or birdbath that could be lit up at night? Using outdoor spotlights let you focus attention on objects that would normally be lost in the dark, allowing you to create focal points that add extra dimension to your outdoor lighting scheme.

Solar Christmas Lights – Brightening Your Holidays with No Energy Costs

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Solar Christmas lights are one of the most low cost Christmas decorations, helping the homeowners to save anywhere from around 100 W per each string of their lights. Another benefit of solar Christmas lights is that they turn on and off on their own, with the aid of a special photo cell making your Christmas even more magical.

One of the advantages of solar Christmas lights is that they eliminate the need of a power outlet. You can decorate any tree in your garden, no matter how far away it is from the house. Decorating your Christmas trees this way is much safer, easier and more cost-effective.

Solar Christmas lights come with little solar panels, which easily stick into the ground, as well as, they can be placed on a branch. Solar panels include solar cells (usually 4 cells), a rechargeable battery and a light sensor. Solar cells convert the sunlight into electricity, and on a sunny day the sun will give enough energy to completely recharge the battery.

When looking for solar Christmas lights, it is better to opt for the lights equipped with special polycrystalline solar cells, which allow the lights to emit bright light for hours even after being charged for merely a few hours on a rainy, snowy or an overcast day.

Bring Your Garden to Life with Solar Decor

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Gardens can come to life with light and sound using solar garden decor. Advances in miniature solar panels have paved the way for solar fountains, garden decor, outdoor lighting, and a host of other options that compliment a yard both day and night.

The most common form of outdoor solar lighting, the lantern, remains a bestseller to this day. What has changed is the variety of materials and styles available to the consumer. Another welcome change is the availability of a single solar panel for a group of lights, allowing for steady performance in shaded areas.

Outdoor string lights have long been a favorite for holidays and parties. Solar-powered string lights allow for constant use without a switch or a plug. Some strings are designed to accommodate pre-made or original Chinese lanterns; others take the form of a rope light.

For landscape lighting of plants, trees and garden decor, directional solar lights can provide a convenient solution. Freedom from an outlet allows placement of a landscape light anywhere the sun can reach, with potential for lighting on all corners of a property.

Illuminating Solar garden Lighting and Solar Lights

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

If you are looking to build the garden of your dreams, you should know about solar garden lighting and solar lights. A garden, naturally, thrives beneath the light, love, and nourishment of the sun. however, what happens when the sun goes down? Well, with solar garden lights, your garden can be just as illuminated at twilight. That is definitely a special sight to see.

Lights which run on solar power can be much more advantageous than traditional lights which are hard wired. After all, there has to be a reason why solar lighting is becoming such a popular alternative for so many people. You may not be ready to use solar lights all over your house, but that is fine. You can still benefit from using them in your garden.

It takes a whole lot of planning and care to put traditional, electric lights in your garden. More often than not, you have to involve the help of an electrician. As many of us know, that can be extremely costly. Then, too, you have to consider all the necessary planning. The wires used have to be placed somewhere – somewhere safe at that.

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