Transform Your Home With LED Landscaping Light Kits
by Dennis & Nicki | on August 8, 2012
LED landscape lighting is the newest generation of outdoor lighting.
LED landscaping light kits provide more illumination than more traditional lights and use less energy at a lower voltage. The low voltage makes them much safer to use, as well as much less expensive both to install and to run.
Older landscaping lighting methods had some drawbacks. The light was never as bright as normal incandescent bulbs, and was blue in color. This color was not pleasing to many homeowners, as it cast a strange color imbalance on the landscaping.
Today’s newest LED outdoor lights actually emit light (or lumens) that favorably compare with the output of standard light bulbs. In addition, manufacturers can produce multi-element LED bulbs that combine to give the right ‘color’ of light.
It’s also possible to buy a LED landscaping light kit that has bulbs that emit a particular color, introducing a very dramatic effect.
When you purchase your LED landscaping light kits, be aware that they require a separate driver module. They are necessary to power strings of LED lights so they are supplied with a constant current. Some are specifically designed for wet environments, which is probably what you’d want for landscape lighting.
LED Landscaping Light Kits Can Be Used In Many Ways
LED lights can easily be used in a variety of ways to light your yard. By buying one type of lighting kit, you’ll have sufficient heads to light up a pathway or walkway for safety after dark.
Other packages are designed with different heads for accent lighting, deck lighting or patio lights.
It’s possible to place your lights so the spread of light is controllable, from a wide angle to specific spot lighting. Lights can be pointed towards the ground, to illuminate a planting, or upwards to provide security lights. As well, different shapes and types of light heads will give differing results and looks.
Outdoor landscape and garden lighting can make a huge difference to the look of your property at night.
You may at first, think of lighting outdoors as purely functional – a way to keep us from tripping or blundering into things, or falling down outdoor steps.
However, once you see a well-lit yard at night, you’ll grow to love landscape lighting.
Add Some Yard Drama With LED Landscaping Light Kits
For the best dramatic effect, do some planning first. Decide which features are already attractive, and choose those to light dramatically. Up-lighting can bring out the shape of an unusual shrub or garden ornament.
Some higher lights can illuminate a container of perennial flowering plants. Just keep it subtle to achieve the best effect.
Installing some LED landscaping light kits can make an enormous difference to the look of your property, and with a few simple planning steps, you can transform your outdoors after dark.