Outdoor lighting must cover at least two of the most basic needs for outdoor lighting, which are safety and security. Security is in the sense that burglars, intruders and vandals are kept at a distance from the lights, while security is in the sense that you can clearly see where you are going outdoors. As such, exterior lighting covers the entire exterior as well as patios, stairs, pools and ponds. The second need for outdoor lighting, which is not as important as the previous two, is to give your home style. As such, you can buy a functional luminaire that is also decorative, and which highlights some of the house’s distinctive features outdoors such as the garden or sculptures.
There are a number of options available to meet these three needs, including:
Low voltage landscape lighting
This lighting option is one of the best because it is energy efficient, which reduces the cost of power consumption. They also consume less energy than other light sources and are easy to install. In external light, they are best suited for paths and walkways. The only downside to these is that they require wires that must be buried underground to avoid tripping. They also have some maintenance because they need to replace damaged light bulbs, replace damaged wires as well as regular cleaning.
These use the energy from the sun to function, which is normally saved in a solar battery. They are thus very cost-effective and easy to install. Since no wires are needed, the solar lighting option offers a great advantage to have the lamps almost anywhere outdoors. The disadvantage of this option is that the light from the solar battery is not as strong as for other light sources, so this option is best suited for decorative lighting purposes. The battery must also be charged every day, so the location of the lighting should always be where it is exposed to sunlight.
Motion sensor lighting
These are exterior lighting fixtures that light up when they sense movement that is close to their range. Thus, as you walk down a path or staircase, the lights will sense this movement and turn on. They are cheap and easy to install and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and sensor coverage. To succeed in buying this, choose one that only covers your outdoor yard and does not extend out onto the streets, as it can be lit even when your neighbors are just walking down the streets.