Outdoor lights are not only essential, but they can also transform your yard into a summer oasis where the whole family can kick back and relax. There are no rules when it comes to outdoor lighting; mix-and-match all the options below to create your own magical nighttime haven.
Candles are a surefire way to create a romantic, intimate ambiance. They’re the easiest to set up and add instant charm. And, let’s be honest, everyone looks good in candlelight. Be careful of open flames however, because the last thing you want on the menu at your barbecue or romantic dinner is the porch furniture. Also, keep in mind that candles are only a temporary form of lighting — they can burn out and need replacing even before the evening’s over.
The best part about these battery-powered candles is that you can’t see the “flame” because it’s designed to look like it melted the same way a wax candle does!
Designed in a similar fashion to the candles above, these candles are also battery-powered, but with a smooth, waxy appearance. Not only do they come in sets of three, but they also come with a remote so you can “blow the flames out” from a distance.
For more festive lighting, choose Colored Paper Lanterns. String them up in a line or clusters, or stack them on poles to create light columns that give the area height. Paper lanterns are available in lots of different shapes and sizes, allowing you to use your own creative flair to personalize your outdoor area. Also consider glass lanterns, which although more expensive, can last through many summer seasons.
These paper lanterns are environmental friendly and come in a variety of colors, so you can match them to the rest of your outdoor decor.
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Choosing a low voltage landscape lighting system for your yard and outdoor areas in San Diego
By: Laura Fisher Kaiser, HGTV.com
Exterior lighting is the most popular outdoor living feature among homeowners, according to a recent survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects, which found that 96.2 percent of homeowners want to light up their outdoors.
And many are going far beyond the traditional porch light and lamppost.
Strategically placed low voltage landscape lighting is used to illuminate walkways, accentuate key features like plants, trees and architecture, and provide a sense of depth to a yard at night. Besides extending the length of time you can spend outdoors in the summer, landscape lighting is a godsend in the winter, especially when the sun sets at 5 o’clock in the afternoon or you have to get up before work to shovel the sidewalk.
The popularity of landscaping lighting is due in part to improved technology. Newer low-voltage systems are significantly easier and less expensive to install than line voltage systems, which used to be such a major and costly undertaking that you rarely saw them outside of large estates or commercial properties. Low-voltage lighting systems can be installed in a day, use one-third the energy of a 12-volt security lighting system, and provide flexibility for custom lighting designs that can be easily changed or updated over time. An average system of 15 to 20 lights with a 600 watt transformer costs about $320 per light, installed.
After you have a good idea of what you want in your landscaping projectand how much you want to spend, it’s time to find the right professionals to get the job done. Depending on the scope and scale of the project, you might hire a landscape architect, landscape designer or landscape contractor.
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