What types of outdoor lighting are there?
Outdoor lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes for nearly any purpose. Many are now solar powered, although traditional wired outdoor lights exist and require additional elements to install. Colours and brightness can be adjusted to fit any need, and timers can be attached so that your garden lights up at a particular time each day. Motion sensors can also be installed for security, convenience and energy efficiency. There are a number of different forms of outdoor lighting:
• Pathway lights add safety and ambience to walkways, driveways, alleys and paths.
• Spotlights concentrate a narrow beam of light onto a small area and are suitable for illuminating objects.
• Floodlights can produce wider beams up to 160 degrees, illuminating a large area.
• Hanging lights are most often seen dangled across streets and streamed over backyard patios.
• Pedestal lights consist of classic lanterns and lampposts and are resilient to wind, rain and snow.
• Garden spike lights are easy to install and can quickly illuminate any ground area for parties, ambience or security.
• Submersible lights are designed to withstand water and can be permanently installed underwater to brighten pools, ponds and boat docks.
There are also both LED lights and conventional lights. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode; instead of using a traditional bulb, each LED is a tiny semiconductor protected in plastic. Many outdoor lights have switched to this as they use the least amount of energy to run and tend to be brighter than regular incandescent lights. Until recently, LED lights were primarily blue and bright white. However, these days there is a LED colour and brightness for anyone’s preference.