Bright Ideas

Summer is about to come to an end or at least that’s what the calendar says, but here in Texas we know better. Regardless of the heat here is some information to consider when doing outdoor lighting.

When done right landscape lighting compliments the best of what you’ve got by highlighting your home’s architectural features and drawing attention to prized plantings and trees.

Most landscape lighting today is low voltage, and for good reason. Unlike 120-volt systems, it’s safer to work with and less costly to install and even though low-voltage lights receive one-tenth the power, thanks to a step-down transformer, there’s no limit to the effects they can achieve from ethereal moonlight beamed down from a tree canopy to a subtle glow that washes over a low garden wall. More than just picking the right hardware, a pleasing lighting scheme is also about artistry.

What’s In a Low-Voltage System?

Landscape lighting typically relies on stepped-down power from your house.

Transformer: Reduces 120-volt household current to a safer 12 volts.

Bulb: Determines a light’s brightness, color, and beam width, as well as electricity usage.

Fixture Housing: Protects bulb from elements and helps shape light beam.

Stake: Holds the fixture in place.

Cable: Carries current to light through fixture’s lead wires. Under lit trees and accent lights aimed at the facade create an inviting post-sunset atmosphere around this home.

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