Everyone enjoys a professionally lighted and landscaped home. However, with almost any outdoor lighting, certain problems do arise from time to time. Working with qualified landscape lighting experts is the best way to ensure that these problems are kept to a minimum. But even do-it-yourself homeowners can address some issues and problems as they arise. Thankfully today’s modern low-voltage LED fixtures are reliable and dependable enough that you shouldn’t encounter many issues with the fixtures themselves. Instead, most problems arise from shoddy or incorrect installation.
Exterior Wiring Problems
One situation that can cause landscape lightning problems down the road is using the wrong kind of wiring during installation. Indoor wiring products are not built to withstand weather and outdoor conditions and should not be used outdoors. Using indoor wiring outdoors is a surefire way to create problems. Always confirm that you are using wiring, fixtures, and equipment rated for wet outdoor use. That doesn’t mean they are waterproof, but it will ensure that a little rain won’t damage your system or cause a fire. Trying to save a little money with indoor products can ultimately cost much more later on.
Knowledgeable Exterior Lighting Experts
If you try to use indoor lighting equipment outdoors, it will ultimately fail much sooner than properly rated materials. This is primarily because indoor fixtures and wiring circuits corrode and become nonfunctional when exposed to the elements. But it’s not just the products that need to be rated for outdoor use. Installing an outdoor electrical system is not the same as installing one indoors. So an electrician specializing in indoor wiring may not be as experienced with outdoor lighting as an outdoor lighting specialist like those at Night Vision Outdoor Lighting. In short, always work with an experienced and knowledgeable exterior lighting expert when installing lights around your home. Electricians who primarily work on indoor wiring may not complete an outdoor wiring job in the same way that an exterior lighting professional would do it.
Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting
A common landscape lighting problem homeowners encounter is hotspots or glare. If you rely on just a few bright fixtures to illuminate your entire yard, you may find areas washed out with too much light and other areas left in the dark. The best way to avoid this problem is to use multiple low-voltage exterior lighting fixtures instead of one bright light. A single glaring light fixture is rarely pleasing to the eye, and it can distract from your overall lighting design. Low-voltage LED lights are typically the best way to illuminate an outdoor space. This type of outdoor lighting ensures balance and symmetry among all your landscape lighting features.
Design Issues and Landscape Lighting Problems
Another issue that you may experience designing exterior path lighting is what is known as the runway effect. This happens when a series of lights are installed along a pathway on both sides to create symmetry, and it is one instance where symmetry is not preferred. The parallel lights can go a step beyond symmetry and instead give the appearance of a landing strip at night. For a more natural look, lighting experts recommend staggering lighting fixtures. Path lights should be like stepping stones, with one light pulling you on to the next. It is generally not necessary to bathe the path with light, as long as one pool of light reaches the next to avoid obstacles.
Quality Landscape Lighting Professionals
Working with quality landscape lighting professionals will ensure that your project meets your expectations. Take the time to explore your options when it comes to choosing a professional who can get the job done right the first time around.
Contact Night Vision Outdoor Lighting today for the best in Atlanta yard light services.