Oasis Landscapes & Irrigation provides and installs high-quality outdoor lighting using LED lighting systems, all manufactured in America. These LED bulbs use 75 percent less energy than halogen bulbs, reducing electricity bills by 75 percent. This means a home with 80 fixtures could cost less than 50¢ of power per night. That’s even cheaper than turning on your kitchen lights! All Unique Lighting Systems equipment has a 5 YEAR WARRANTY. The LED bulbs we use are rated to last 15 to 20 years. Additionally, all electrical wiring is low voltage.
Benefits of Outdoor Lighting
There are many reasons to consider outdoor lighting as a way to accent your landscape. For starters, it:
- Provides added safety and security.
- Improves property value.
- Adds innovative visual effects to your project.
- Produces unique moods and effects to the landscape design.
- Enhances trees, shrubs, large plants, statues, sculptures, decks and gazebos.
Types of Outdoor Lighting
There are many different types of landscape lighting to choose from, varying in style, light intensity, light color, length of life, price, energy efficiency, and ease of installation. The most energy-efficient options include LED (light-emitting diodes), solar and low-voltage lighting. LED lighting is growing in popularity due to its energy efficiency, long life and range of choices in light strength and color. Solar lights charge in the daytime, and then light up at night. They are not particularly powerful, but can work well to delimit a pathway. Low-voltage landscape lighting uses a transformer to reduce the voltage carried through its wiring, making it simple to install in the ground. This type of lights can be used in a variety of ways, while providing cost savings. Often they’re used as path lighting to mark the edge of walkways or to display garden beds or statuary. You can even use low-voltage lighting to display small trees (larger trees will probably require stronger light sources, such as metal halide lamps). Last but not least, functional lighting is important too. This includes lighting decks and patios to allow you to see what you’re doing.
Outdoor Lighting Placement
Where you place your lighting is an important consideration. You will want to put it in areas where you will be spending time to have lighting sufficient for the tasks at hand. Pathway lighting can be used to mark the edges of paths, making them more easily and safely traversed. Spotlighting can be used to highlight a particular element of your space, such as a statue, water feature or specimen tree. A variety of options exist for lighting in seating, dining and cooking areas. In addition to the purpose of each light, outdoor lighting can be used to highlight the overall structure of your outdoor space. A truly professional look doesn’t just highlight certain features, but is beautiful to behold as a whole when standing from a distance!
Installing Outdoor Lighting
Use care when mounting and installing outdoor lighting. When mounting a light around plants, consider their growth patterns. A tree can (and will) eventually grow around a light fixture mounted on its trunk. Driving nails or screws into a tree is potentially damaging. Instead, consider a strap mounting mechanism or in-ground lighting. Installing outdoor lighting in the ground typically begins with an 18-inch hole, backfilled about halfway with gravel for drainage. The cable, plastic housing and light are then inserted into the hole, with additional gravel to stabilize the fixture. Any above-ground cable can be hidden with mulch.