Homeowners who compliment their landscaping with garden lighting will really enjoy the benefits. This extra lighting at night is not only pleasant for the family to enjoy, it’s also safer for visitors and provides a fantastic deterrent for intruders. Once you make the decision to add lighting to your yard and gardens, you will realize that you have many options to choose from. You can go with the reliability of electric, the convenience and money saving features of solar, or you can combine the two. You will want to carefully review the pros and cons of both before making your decision.
Electrical outdoor lights offer brighter lights that can be on as long as you desired, as opposed to solar garden lights that will only run as long as their batteries allow. However, electrical lighting can cost you more money in the long run. You will also need to take into account the time and skill needed to run electrical lines for these lights. With initial costs of purchasing the lights, electrical and solar lights are actually comparable in price to each other. But it is important to realize that you will be adding at least another $200 to the bill for electrical lights because you will need to purchase a 12v transformer. The great convenience of a solar garden light is that there is no additional equipment needed, no lines to run, and therefore you will have the option to place them anywhere in the yard.
Solar lights can be moved around from time to time for added interest, whereas electrical garden lights will require careful planning and their installation will be more permanent. If you are using electrical lights, you will also want to take into account other electrical components already in place on or near your property. You may find that there are other power lines that will be an obstacle as you work, requiring that you either move those other lines or change your planned lighting layout. With solar lighting the only issue you will need to keep in mind is being sure that the light will receive enough sunlight throughout the day to charge the battery. With solar garden lighting the only decision you have to make is picking the perfect spot for your light and then placing it in the ground.
If you are using electrical garden lighting, it is ideal to begin by lighting your front entrance and any pathways that lead to that entrance. Once those lines are laid you can begin working outward into the garden areas or side walkways. Landscaping features like pools or ponds look truly gorgeous at night with lighting strategically placed to reflect on the water, and it would be ideal if you had enough power supply for your electrical lights to accomplish this. The last thing you want is to have a series of extension cords running through your yard as this can be unsightly and dangerous. Some homeowners decide to install these lights themselves, while others will decide to hire a professional to run the power lines and install the lights. Keep in mind that if you are looking to save money and time, then solar lights may be the way to go.
It is also important to note that if you are using conventional garden lighting, you will need to dig trenches for the wiring and there will be cable connections involved. Once the proper power supplies are run and the lines buried, changing any part of your electrical lighting arrangement will require extensive work. Solar lights, however, are quick to install and just as fast to rearrange at a later time.
Obviously, outdoor garden lighting offers many different options and so decisions should be made with great care. However, one great benefit of electrical landscape lights is that the light will be stronger, brighter, more consistent and you can set it on a timer to truly come on and off when you desire. Some people prefer electrical landscape lighting for these reasons and would not consider anything else. However, other people prefer solar lights for their convenience of installation, ease of rearranging, and power conservation features. When you are considering your garden lighting options, weight up the information discussed and decide on what best suits you.