Types of Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting accentuates your outdoor spaces by highlighting your plantings and walkways. You can also direct light to a particular section of your landscape with spotlights, or create magic in a tree with twinkle lights. You can find low-voltage and solar landscape lights at garden supply stores and from online retailers.

Solar Lighting

Solar landscape lighting is the smart way to create atmosphere in your yard or garden. You can find free-standing or hanging solar lanterns with the solar panel built into the top of the structure, or you can select solar lamps to line your walkway that are connected by wires that run to a separate solar panel. The strength and longevity of the solar lighting depends on the amount of sunshine the solar panel receives during the day; sunny days lead to bright landscape lights that burn all night, while cloudy days may lead to dimmer lights that go out before daybreak.

Spotlights

Spotlights allow you to highlight the front of your home and to direct focus to trees, fountains and other features on your property. The direction of spotlights can also create interesting shadows on your lawn, depending on how you focus the light.

Low-Voltage Lights

You can find an array of decorative low-voltage landscape lighting in a variety of styles, materials and finishes. These 12-volt lights can line your walkway, your flower beds or stand alone as lanterns in your garden. You'll need to bury the electrical cable that connects the lights to the power source and, unlike the solar option; your power bill will be impacted by these landscape lights.

Twinkle Lights

Twinkle lights wrapped around tree trunks, entwined among tree branches and lining the perimeter of a deck add a whimsical touch to your landscape. Buy low-voltage or solar outdoor twinkle lights from online retailers to create a festive atmosphere on your property.

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