May 4, 2018 Outdoor Lighting
Homeowners have a myriad of lighting options for illuminating fences, walls and perimeters. Such lamps serve important purposes, marking the boundaries of the location and providing guidance for various activities in the outdoor sections of the space. For security, fence led lighting lights up dark and isolated parts of the lot, including corners and fencing behind trees or bushes.
Wall Pack LED Lights
Wall pack LED lights are an ideal solution for perimeter lighting around homes. The permanent fixtures are versatile, allowing individuals to use them on fences or the wall of the house. As a non-intrusive lamp, the units are not bulky and offer space-saving benefits. They are also less prone to light spillage and trespass, as the beams are pointed upwards (or downwards, depending on one’s preferences).
Aesthetically, wall pack LED fixtures provide adequate background lighting for several types of activities in backyards. Low color temperature options create a soft and comfortable environment. For automated operation, it is possible to connect a day/night or motion sensor to the lights.
LED Pole Lights
Some homes do not have fences. In such situations, it would not be possible to setup wall pack lights for perimeter lighting. Instead, one may opt to install LED pole lights. The units are effective for marking large spaces.
There are numerous types of outdoor LED spotlights that can be mounted on poles. An LED spotlight or floodlight is suitable for general illumination in the area. Cut-off shields around the light head may improve beam configuration and direction. Like wall pack LED lights, the fixtures are also compatible with day/night or motion sensors.
For security applications, individuals should consider installing a compact camera at the top of the pole for monitoring the space. Supplementing the system with infrared LED lights may improve visibility during nighttime surveillance and monitoring.…
October 4, 2017 Outdoor Lighting
At the end of the day, comfortable outdoor lighting at home can help promote rest and relaxation. Indirect, soft light beams are suitable for illumination over hammocks and ornaments around landscapes.
Moonlighting is a technique used to create such configurations. For backyards, lamps are typically mounted on trees, poles, fences or other elevated platforms. If done correctly, the light beams should create a realistic depiction of moonlight from the sky.
Installation and Placement of Outdoor Lighting
Placement of lamps in elevated positions is key to getting moonlighting right. Interestingly, this lighting method breaks several standard guidelines and best practices during installation. For a realistic nighttime feel, the outdoor fixtures should be mounted in trees – behind branches and leaves. This will help create shadows, just like the ones created by the moon at night.
Be careful not to mount the lamps too high up. As a general rule, between 20 feet and 30 feet is usually the limit for most locations. Ideally, the lowest set of branches and leaves should be enough to create the desired shadow effect. When using more than one fixture, it is recommended to direct light beams randomly on the target to avoid glare.
Lamps and Mounts for Moonlighting
When setting up fixtures for moonlighting, a common mistake that people make is using extremely bright lamps – causing the lighting configuration to look unnatural. A set of low-powered luminaries works best for this setup.
Moreover, low color-temperature rated units are recommended for an optimal nighttime experience.
When mounting the fixtures, hanger bolts can be used to maintain stability, as the tree grows. Avoid using mounting brackets, since it could cause the plant to grow around and over the components of the lamp. Lastly, don’t use large staples during installation. The tiny holes could damage the tree and reduce the effectiveness of the foundational structure.