Pathway lighting in the garden not only adds a beauty dimension to the landscape but improves safety and security for those who visit. Pathway lights are more of a permanent nature and utilized for a longer time period than those used in other outdoor landscape lighting applications, since they are framing a walkway, path or entrance. The introduction of low voltage outdoor lighting makes installation much easier for homeowners and in commercial installations as well.
Lighting a walkway or pathway come bring a new look to the outside of any home, it can not only be functional but decorative as well. Each installation is unique as to what will work best in your landscape, patio and yard. They can serve as a supplemental source of light to direct and guide people to a specific area.
What to Light
Path and walkway lighting can include many areas of a landscape. For example, lighting a driveway, stairs, entrances to a deck or patio. Uplighting and downlighting may be applied to achieve a specific visual look or highlight a landscape feature.
Materials and Installation
The materials available which make up today’s pathway lighting is impressive. Along with the literally 1000′s of design options, the lighting fixtures are made of brass, copper, plastic, stainless steel and aluminum to name a few. Eco-friendly, solar powered, low voltage, and LED all play a part in this modern technology we know as garden lighting. Installation is easy with most lighting fixtures coming as complete lighting kits. Just follow the instructions.
Some of the lighting fixtures are mass produced while others begin their life as a raw piece of copper or brass. They are transformed by hand with cutting, bending and shaping to produce unique landscape lighting.
Metal lights made of dulled chrome-copper resist corrosion and rust. Copper, bronze, brass and stainless steel lighting fixtures are very often left unpainted allowing them to expose their natural beauty.
Solar Pathway Lighting
Solar lighting grows more and more popular each and every day. More available in styles, materials and application, plus they provide a beautiful accent to the landscape.
Solar lighting fixtures are not really expensive and the technological advances make them last longer then ever. The solar powered batteries are more durable and the LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lights now produce more lumens per watt. Solar technology now allows the lights to turn off and on automatically as the sun goes down, making them energy-efficient, convenient and portable. No wires to install or trip over, no need to worry about animals or kids coming in contact with electricity.
Installing solar walkway lights however will not work for every application. Solar lighting needs sunlight to recharge the batteries every day, although many will get a full charge even on cloudy days. For pathways where sunlight is minimal, low voltage pathway lights will need to be used instead.
Lighting a pathway can so much more to the landscape than light alone. It can extend the use of your outdoors to entertain, BBQ, relax and just get away when the sun takes a breather.