Landscape lighting can give your outdoor area more inviting, whether you have a big yard with water front property, a boat dock and gazebo or just have a few trees and shrubs, landscape lighting can make your unused space seem inviting at night by lighting the area just enough to feel comfortable.
There are a few different types of lighting that you can incorporate to landscape lighting system, and with an experienced electrician “lighting the way” you will have a system that you can enjoy for years to come.
There are a few items that make up your landscape lighting system, lets start from the beginning. First and foremost we need a power source and depending on the size of your system you may need a dedicated circuit for this, but in older holmes you might have to use a bit of power from different areas of your home where it is convenient and easy to utilize this power.
Once you have the power source (120 volts), you can now decide how you want to control your lights. You have a few options like: a simple on/off switch, a timer, a photocell, a RF switch, and by a lighting system. A simple lighting switch will allow you to turn the landscape lights on or off just like any other switch in your house. A timer can be mechanical and installed outdoors or replace an existing switch with an in wall timer which allows you to “set it and forget it” meaning you can program the on and off times and the timer will work itself with nothing else to do until the power goes out and you must reset the time, or day light savings kicks in and you have to update the time. A photocell is a light sensor which installed outside will turn your lights on at night and off at daybreak. A RF switch is a radio frequency switch that basically sends a signal from your master remote to the receiver to activate the lights. Finally, a lighting system is a system commonly found in homes with home automation this system can control all the lights in your home, follow the link for more info.
After the power source and control source we have the option of installing a transformer if your going to use low voltage lighting which is the norm, because it is safer and a bit less expensive when it comes to labor because unlike 120 volt lights that require the power be buried a minimum of 18 inches to the top of the conduit, low voltage wiring only needs to be covered, which in turn will save the installer alot of digging, and you alot of money. Here at Power Pro Electrical we recommend using these low voltage lights for the reasons mentioned and now with LED landscape lights becoming more efficient and less expensive their is really no reason to use 120 volt lights.
Now that you have decided on low voltage you install your transformer which converts your 120 volts of house power down to 12 volts which is safe to the touch. From their you go to the landscape lighting wires which will be sized according to how many lights and how many watts they are also taking into consideration how far the run is to factor in voltage drop. Your residential electrician will make this calculation for you, before the install to assure you are not overloading the wire, because that will cause problems in the future.
LEDs LEDs, their is no comparison on this, but for the sake of being o\informative and thorough we will explain why LEDs are a far better choice than its predecessors.
Let’s start with price, sure LEDs at first glance might seem about 25% more expensive but when you factor in the savings from power consumption, price of wiring lower for LEDs as they use less power, Smaller transformer because they use less power, and that they last years rather than months, that 25% difference becomes savings and can only go up from their. The problem with the halogens and incandescent is that they use alot of power, for instance a 50 watt halogen bulb has an LED equivalent of 13 watts, doesn’t sound like much? Well multiply that times the number of light which can easily be between 20 and 100 and the wattage is now a big number off your electrical bill. Also, the halogen bulbs and incandescent bulbs will only last a few months, and you will constantly be chasing burnt out bulbs and vary rarely will you have all your lights working at the same time. With LEDS all that is eliminated as they are sealed lights without any bulbs to change, they guarantee these lights for 5 to 7 years but can last up to 20 years.
Let’s face it Halogens and incandescent had their time but now its LEDs turn and as far as we can tell LEDs are here to stay, not only for landscape lighting but for all your lighting around your home or business.
When it comes to landscape lights their is a few options like: spot lights, flood lights, ground up lights, path lights, and well lights.
Spot lights are the most common ones you see in any system, they are mainly used to light up a single tree. Normally they are installed at the base of the tree, but can also be installed in one of the tree branches to light up higher parts of the tree.
Flood lights are similar to spot lights but instead have a wider lighting angle and are used to light up bushes and shrubs. A normal landscape lighting system will consist of spot lights for the trees and flood lights for the bushes and shrubs.
Ground up lights are lights made to be recessed into the ground whether the ground is grass, dirt, or concrete, these lights sit flush with the ground and shine the light up which is great for pathways, driveways, and walkways as the produce the lights but to not cause a trip hazard.
Well lights are lights that are made to be place in water, if you have a fontain, coy pond or small water feature these lights will definitely give that space the attention it deserves. These lights also com in color changing option which can help you get the exact look you desire.
Depending on the size of your property that you would like to light up and the quality of lights you would like installed, the final price can vary. But if yo would like a Free estimate give power Pro Electrical a call today and we will send an experienced tech to guide you through the process and give you an accurate estimate based on how many lights you would like. We also offer many ways to pay, like 3 split payments, financing, and of course checks, cash, and credit cards.
One thing we like to recommend to our customers is you can always prewire your system and add the lights little by little as you see fit. This allows you to get your entire property wired for lights but saves you on the cost of light until your ready.
We are here to help, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to leave a message below and we will be glad to answer your questions, and if your in the Miami or Broward area call us for a free estimate. Best Regards.