With cold weather forcing us inside for the next few months, it’s a great time to research and consider improving the appearance of your yard and gardens with outdoor lighting.  As I was out walking my dogs tonight, (and with the time change – yes, it was dark!) I admired the homes with a planned lighting scape. This can truly make a dramatic change to your yard – without a huge dent in your budget. An added benefit is that it can also provide safety and security to your home.

Outdoor lighting products can be used to help accentuate gardens, fountains and landscaping so you can enjoy the beauty of your outdoor living space. Plus, a lit pathway can help show the way through the yard and keep you from trampling your garden or from tripping and falling.

Different types of landscape lighting serve different purposes – whether used for functional or aesthetic use.  The two main categories include low voltage lighting and solar lighting.

Low voltage lighting. This type of lighting is available in a variety of brightness levels and emits enough light to be used for nighttime activities. A power pack supplies the electricity and can be controlled by an automatic timer. Low voltage lighting is shockless and safe to use around children and pets. It’s also cost effective and easy to install.

Solar lighting. This type of lighting requires no wiring and is the most energy-efficient because it converts the sun’s energy into electrical power. It costs nothing to operate and is easy to install. It should not, however, be used to illuminate large areas brightly or for activities such as grilling and socializing. It works well to highlight pathways and features in the yard.

Begin by looking for ideas in magazines, online, and at your library.  Then visit your favorite home improvement store.  They can direct you as to how to begin a do-it-yourself project, or provide names and resources to help.  You will be amazed at the difference outdoor lighting can make – and provide years of enjoyment for your yard and garden.  (Also, if you’re thinking of putting your house on the market in the near future, this can add huge curb appeal!)

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