How To: Choose LED Pathway Lighting

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Add elegance to your home and garden with LED pathway lights

Follow our design tips to select the right LED outdoor lighting for your residential or commercial space:

Determine Your Style

Whether it be ornate, minimalistic or whimsical, define your style before you begin looking at your pathway lighting options. Decide on the overall effect that you want to achieve. Follow the steps below to determine your style:

  1. Look at your furniture – walk from room to room and create two lists: Love It and Wish I Could Replace It – go through as much as you can and be honest.
  2. Pull together the items you love – it doesn’t matter where you pull it from, just gather the items that speak to you
  3. Think about the places you love and why you love them – picture your dream home, favorite vacation spot, or restaurant – jot down what you love about each place
  4. Look for common threads – design, colors, shapes, materials, vibe – from each of the things you wrote down from above – this will help you determine your style

Create a Plan

Create a plan for the lighting scheme by first identifying which areas need lighting and how much light is needed. Take photos and sketch your landscape to determine the number of pathway light fixtures you will need. Follow these outdoor lighting tips to help you draft the perfect plan.

Types of Pathway Lighting Fixtures

Pathway lights are available in a variety of styles, colors, and compositions. Unlike indoor lighting, pathway lighting is exposed to the elements and may change in appearance over time. The most popular types of pathway light fixtures embody specific properties that should be considered when making your decision.

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Copper Light Fixtures

Copper light fixtures are usually bright and shiny when new, but over time, they weather and their color goes through a variety of changes. The bright finish dulls to a muted brown, eventually turning to the green patina (verdigris patina) that is distinctive of copper fixtures. Copper blends well in natural garden settings.

Brass Light Fixtures

Brass light fixtures are highly durable. Textured brass fixtures tend to weather to a golden brown hue that blends well with decking and stone. Polished brass fixtures, on the other hand, are not preferred for outdoor lighting as they weather to a darker tone that may get lost in the natural scenery.

Aluminum Light Fixtures

Aluminum light fixtures are usually powder-coated and offered in a variety of colors. Black is the traditional color for most aluminum fixtures, although bronze and green are also popular.

Stainless Steel Light Fixtures

Steel fixtures are an excellent choice for modern settings and gardens. However, regular maintenance is required to prevent tarnish and debris from building up. There are stainless steel cleaners available on the market to remove spots and tarnish from the light fixtures. You may also want to consider using phosphatized steel to reduce the iron phosphating process which is responsible for the spotting.

LED Pathway Lighting Systems

For LED pathway lighting, you may choose a low-voltage system or a solar lighting system.

Solar Lighting System

Though the initial investment for quality solar LED pathway light fixtures may be high, they cost nothing to operate as they do not require electricity for power. Most modern solar light fixtures are wireless and easy to install. The only challenge is making sure that they are positioned in areas that get a lot of sunlight so the battery is well-charged. One considerable drawback with solar lights is that they are not as bright as electric light fixtures.

Low-voltage Lighting System

Low-voltage systems are the preferred choice for outdoor lighting applications. Generally, a transformer is required to convert line voltage from a 120-volt line to a low-voltage ( 9-15 volt) current. With a transformer, lights may be run automatically.  Low voltage wiring does not need to be buried or placed in a conduit, so it is easy to install and move.

After answering the questions above, what is your style? 

 

 

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