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Garden Lighting Made Simple

Updated on November 21, 2017

Garden lighting can make a huge difference in any yard. You don’t have to have a huge fancy garden to get great results from a simple garden lighting plan.

First you need to decide what you would like to accomplish. Are you just looking to light up a dark path for safety or create a beautiful outdoor landscape?

For simple path lighting, low voltage lighting kits can be found at just about any home center. They usually come with a set of lights, wire and a transformer to step the electric power down to 12 volts. The advantage to this type of system is that it is easy and safe to set up. The downside is that you have to bury wires and have a convenient place to plug it all in.

Solar systems look very similar except they have a small solar panel on the top. They collect energy all day long and when the sun goes down they turn on. Some advantages are that you don’t have to bury or hide wires, you don’t need access to a power source and you can move them anytime you like just by pulling them out and placing them somewhere else. The downside is that they rely on sun for power and tend not to be the brightest lights in the garden.

More ambitious designs may require spotlights and other specialty lights. These may require more power and have more complicated installation requirements. If you are going with higher power lights, you may want to contact an electrician or landscaper.

Garden lighting has many benefits. It makes your property safer by lighting walkways and can help prevent crime as a lighted area is harder to sneak across than a dark area. It can also add value to your home and increase curb appeal.

If you decide to do more than simple path lighting, we highly recommend that you design a plan on paper and map out every light ahead of time. That way will know exactly what you need ahead of time and will have a good idea of what the final outcome will be.

© 2017 Kate

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