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Everything You Need to Know About Landscape Lighting
Landscape lighting can be a beautiful addition to any home or business. It can add curb appeal, make your property more inviting, and even improve safety. However, landscape lighting is a complex system that requires careful planning and execution. In this blog post, we'll break down everything you need to know about landscape lighting to make the best decision for your needs.
Types of Landscape Lighting
There are several different types of landscape lighting, each of which has its benefits and drawbacks. The most common types of landscape lighting are incandescent, LED, and solar.
Incandescent landscape lighting is the traditional type of landscape lighting. Incandescent bulbs are relatively inexpensive and easy to find, but they are also very power-hungry. As a result, incandescent landscape lighting can be pretty expensive to operate.
LED landscape lighting is a newer technology that is becoming increasingly popular. LED bulbs are much more energy-efficient than incandescent ones, saving you money on your electric bill in the long run. They also last much longer than incandescent bulbs, so you won't have to replace them often. However, LED bulbs can be more expensive up front than incandescent bulbs.
Solar landscape lighting is an excellent option if you are looking for an environmentally-friendly way to light your property. Solar lights rely on the sun for power, so there are no operating costs once installed. Solar lights are also straightforward to install, as there is no need to run wiring to an electrical outlet. However, solar lights only work when the sun is out, so they may not be suitable for all applications.
Landscape Lighting Systems
Once you have decided on the type of landscape lighting, you will need to select a system compatible with that bulb. Several different types of landscape lighting systems are available on the market, each of which has its benefits and drawbacks.
The most common type of landscape lighting system is low-voltage (12 volts or less). Low-voltage systems are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. They also use very little electricity so they will save you money on your electric bill in the long run. However, low-voltage systems require regular maintenance, as the wires can become corroded over time due to exposure to the elements.
High-voltage (120 volts or more) systems are another option for landscape lighting. High-voltage systems provide more light than low-voltage systems and do not require regular maintenance since there are no exposed wires. However, high-voltage systems are more expensive to install and operate than low-voltage systems.