Tips for Outdoor Lighting

New House at Night_shutterstock_139225259Outdoor lighting can serve both decorative and safety purposes. Visit the lighting department at your favorite home improvement store, and you’ll find endless options. Here are some tips to keep your grounds well-lit:

  • Use solar or photovoltaic (PV) lighting to illuminate pathways and walkways and for decorative purposes. These are handy to light areas that are not close to a power supply.
  • Save energy by choosing outdoor lights and floodlights with a photocell or timer, so they will turn off during daylight hours.
  • Consider floodlights with a motion detector to save energy. The lights will turn on when the motion detector senses movement within range.
  • Make sure to turn off decorative outdoor gas lamps. Just eight gas lamps burning year-round use as much natural gas as an average-size home during an entire winter.
  • Use compact fluorescent (CFL) or LED light bulbs — which use less energy and last longer than other types of bulbs — for outdoor lights.
  • Consider battery-operated LED light fixtures for areas where you need good light but have no power supply.
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