September 24, 2012 6:12 am
Illuminating walkways, steps and entryways gives the property a lived-in look even when you are away—and provides a measure of safety for you and your family when you arrive home after dark. Wall lanterns and fixtures are readily available in a variety of styles and materials. A walk through your local home store will give you lots of ideas—and here are some tips to keep in mind as you plan:
-For security and safety, light up driveways, walkways, stairs and grounds with post lanterns, tier lights and floodlights.
-Enhance the ambiance by using low-voltage landscape lighting to light up trees, shrubs and flowerbeds. Low voltage lighting uses only 12 volts of electricity and is very safe to install.
-Floodlighting is a versatile way to illuminate wide areas, such as garden ponds, ivied walls or gazebos.
-Use path lighting to increase safety by lighting up areas where people walk, drive or climb steps.
-Use up-lighting techniques to add visual interest to trees, statues and fountains.
-Use sufficient wall lighting to add visibility around the swimming pool or walkway areas.
-Unique landscape features such as sculptures and shaped shrubbery can be highlighted using spotlights. A sequence of spotlights creates an interesting mosaic of colors and textures.
-For maximum safety, lights and cables should be installed at least five feet from the edge of a swimming pool.
-Light fixtures should not be covered by foliage, tree branches or bushes. To ensure maximum light output, check the areas around all fixtures several times a year and prune surrounding foliage as necessary.
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