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When choosing the right pathway lighting, it is important to consider the overall style of your home and garden, as well as the amount of light produced by fixtures. Fixtures that give off too little light can lose function, where an excessive amount of light can be too obtrusive, taking away from the overall curb appeal of your home. It is important to accent or complement your home with the fixture you choose, not deter from its appearance or value. Highlighting your walkway and outdoor pathways with evenly spaced path lighting is an excellent way to bring elegance, as well as safety to your home and garden. When properly lit, your walkway can add a sense of security and safety by ridding yourself of dark areas and can be invaluable in icy or wet conditions providing a safe passage for you and your guests. Regularly spaced path lighting provides an even amount of light that helps ensure the eye is not adapting too frequently to different lighting intensities, enabling a person to walk along the path without having to think too consciously about it.
Using path lighting not only lights your course, but also adds value, enhancing the appeal of your home and landscape. If subtle is what you are going for, create an understated passageway with the traditional fixture that blends in with the surrounding scenery. Accenting your pathway with a simple path light will create the mood and illumination you need without overpowering its environment. Inconspicuous pathway lighting can be used to make a statement as well when a more modern approach is taken. Stainless steel or LED fixtures are a great way to update the façade of your home. Another option is to make a statement with your choice of path lighting. Using a decorative or whimsical fixture is sure to add that visual impact you are looking for. Develop your home's exterior to its fullest potential with proper outdoor lighting that accents or enhances your overall taste and style.
Pathway lighting is available to hold a variety of bulbs including incandescent, halogen, LED, xenon and krypton and fluorescent. Each bulb option has its own advantages and disadvantages. Incandescent bulbs cast a traditional and familiar light but are the least energy efficient of the options. The technology for LED bulbs is always improving and is now able to produce a friendly white light (as opposed to a bluish tinged light) and can spread electricity evenly down a row of lights so that the end pathway light is the same brightness as the one closest to the electric point. Halogen, fluorescent and the other energy efficient options will also provide quality light and the decision will most likely be made on preference in light and style of the pathway lights.
Pathway lights are designed to be outside through the rain, sun and snow. The better the quality the longer the pathway lights will be able to withstand the elements, so if you live in a harsh climate it might be a good idea to invest in top quality right out of the gate. Another point to consider when it comes to weather is that LEDs do not release much heat and therefore will not be able to melt away snow and ice. Be sure to choose a style that is designed to shed snow.
Pathway light should usually be kept within 200 feet of the home.
To choose a transformer you will need to add up the total wattage that you will be running on the transformer. Find a transformer that can withstand about 20% more watts than your total needs, but no less than half of the total watts.
On average, it is about a half-day project.