|MONTHLY FEATURE: Paint with Light|
Your indoor living space has lights in the kitchen, lights for the kids to do their homework, dimmers in the bedroom, so it just makes sense to extend your use of lighting outdoors. By using low-voltage lighting as part of the overall design of your landscape, the possibilities of creating the perfectly lit environment are endless!
Outdoor lighting is more than just buying a fixture and putting a bulb in it. It is about creating a unique painting with lights.
A professionally lit landscape illuminates and creates scenes that completely transform your outdoor living space. Hidden corners come alive. Specimen trees become a focal point. A little bit of down lighting can create a moon lit path with a play of shadows as the light comes through the lacy canopy of the trees.
|TIPS OF THE TRADE: LED VS. HALOGEN|
Last a minimum of 25,000 hours.
- More energy efficient
- Lower wattage fixtures translate into smaller transformers, or the same size transformers that can handle more fixtures.
- A growing trend in the industry that is beginning to show up in the residential landscape more and more.
- Cool to the touch
- Available in different colors
- Although LED fixtures have come a long way, the technology is just emerging and is still in the development stages.
- LEDs are not a true light "bulb" that can be replaced easily. Some require that the entire fixture be replaced.
- Without lenses and filters, LEDs produce a very cool white light that is almost blue in color.
- Produces a light beam that has a defined edge.
- Premature failure of LED light sources can happen due to poor fixture and component design.
- There is still a limited selection of LED fixtures.
- LED fixtures can cost as much as double what the same fixture does in halogen/incandescent.
Last 2000-4000 hours.
- The technology and lighting techniques have a long history of great success and artistry.
- Produce a large amount of soft, warm light that appears more natural to our eyes.
- Produces a soft diffuse light beam.
- A wide variety of lamp wattage and beam spread allows to get an entire palette of lighting effects that as of yet has not been duplicated by the LED technology.
- Can be low voltage or regular 110V.
- Fixtures can get hot to the touch.
- Transformers can get large and some lighting projects may require multiple transformers.