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Energy Saving Tips in Setting-up Landscape Lighting

Thinking about setting up landscape lights but worried about how much energy it would consume?  Fret no more.  This article will help you turn your yard into a night time oasis without worrying about spending too much on electricity bills, and there is a good chance that you will also increase the value of your home.

Read on to learn how to illuminate your yard without worrying about power consumption.

•Add outdoor landscape lighting only when necessary – you don’t need to light up your entire garden now do you?  Add lights ONLY to places you want to illuminate, whether it is a flower bed or a focal point in your garden.  Besides, over-lighting your yard will turn it into an absolute eyesore.

•Opt for energy saving options – to light garden paths or garden spaces, you can choose solar lights.  Solar lights are a perfect alternative to high voltage light fixtures as they do not need to be wired to your home line voltage.  Choose the type with daylight sensors so they automatically turn on when the sun goes down.  You can also opt for low voltage systems.  These inexpensive light systems come in easy to use kits and they consume less power as they use only LED bulbs which consume 80 percent lesser than incandescent bulbs.

•For spotlighting, uplighting or other lighting techniques which highlight the focal points of your garden, you can opt for fluorescent or HID lights.  Contrary to what most believes, they emit large amounts of light with lesser amount of light compared to incandescent bulbs.  Plus, they’re more durable than their incandescent counterparts.

If you’re opting to illuminate your yard for security reasons, go for motion sensing lights.  These lights only go on when it senses movement.  You can place them where potential trespassers are most likely to pass and this can be an energy saving alternative to floodlights.