Illuminate your garden
Lawn lighting is one of the easiest and best ways to accent and display your lawn and garden, bringing style and beauty. Whether you are illuminating a flag or lighting up your garden or walkway, there is a tremendous selection of lawn lighting to choose from.
Outdoor Lighting Types
Spot lights and flood lights are lawn lighting fixtures that are typically mounted to the ground. They can be powered by underground wires that connect them to the house electric supply or powered by battery. Most spot lights and flood lights contain photosensitive cells which turn them on and off depending on the amount of sunlight. These lights are mostly used for security or to illuminate flagpoles.
Pathway lights and area lights are small light poles that are typically mounted in the ground and powered by underground electric wires. They can be placed at regular intervals along a pathway to keep it illuminated. Their design keeps their light from shining upward, so you can clearly see the path ahead.
In ground well lights are recessed underground, and shine light upward to create an area of illumination. Typically they are powered by underground electric wires.
Wall lighting units are anchored to the sides of the building. Generally, they are connected directly to the house's electricity and may be turned on and off by an interior switch or may have a photo sensitive cell which turns them on and off according to the amount of sunlight.
Post lighting units are the big boys of lawn lighting. They stand at least five feet tall and are powered through underground electric wires. They are usually controlled by a switch within the household. Many different styles of post lighting units exist, and they add an element of class to any home.
Outdoor Lighting Designs and Outdoor Lighting Styles
There are literally hundreds of lighting styles and lighting designs for you to choose from in your quest to illuminate your lawn and garden. You can go with traditional, electrically powered lights, or you could go for solar-powered lights, which soak up the sun's energy all day, providing environmentally friendly light at night. There's also the option of oriental-themed lights such as Chinese lanterns, which can add a flair of the exotic to your lawn or garden.
Whatever lighting style you choose, it's best to have a trained professional do the installation. The money saved on doing it yourself is not worth the added risk of dealing with live wires.