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Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

Outdoor landscape lighting has come a long way from citronella candles! Today, the styles of lighting for outdoor areas include an amazing assortment from the elegant to the efficient.

There are almost as many options for outdoor lighting as for indoor fixtures. Before purchasing outdoor lighting for your landscaped yard, there are a few facts to consider.

Selecting The Right Lighting

Before you go shopping for some low voltage landscape lighting, it would be best for you to first evaluate your garden design. If you used computer software to help you design your yard, use that same computer software to find out what types of lightings you will need to achieve that exotic effect. Note that although low voltage landscape lighting already provide you a variety of lightings and colors, you cannot really fit all of these things into your garden without ruining the overall ambiance of the whole place.

Keeping Underground Wiring Protected

When installing low voltage landscape lighting a power line will from the transformer and connect to every light in the chain. The cable has to be designed to be buried under the ground and in some communities, it will have to be encased in a waterproof conduit. Even though the power running through the wire is low, a short circuit by a faulty wire can cause electrical problems if installed incorrectly.

To get the right lighting effects for your yard, try to run several simulations using your landscaping computer software. Play with the lights. Put the lights at different angles so that you will some ideas of how things will look like. If you have some structures in your yard like those nice decorative bridges, ponds and the likes, try to manipulate the light to highlight these structures. It will probably take you a lot of trials before you can find the right places to set up the contents of your low voltage landscape lighting kits so take your time.

Protecting Your Lights

Most low voltage landscape lighting already has light protection so you need not worry about exposing your lights to the elements. However, there are some types of lights that need extra protection. To make sure that your lights are well protected, check the product description of your lighting before you buy it. Never take things for granted when it comes to your yard or patio lights.