When you are trying to decide how to put in transformers for you landscape lighting, it is natural to have questions. Here I have tried to answer some of them.
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Q. How do transformers work?
A. Transformers are plugged into your home’s 120 volt grid. They reduce the voltage running to your low-voltage landscape lighting. 12 volt lights are much safer and more economical than 120 volt lights.
Q. How many transformers will I need for my garden?
A. That will depend on how many lights you need for your landscaping. It will also depend on the size of your transformer(s). Transformers can carry as little as 45 watts of power, or as much as 1,500 watts. You will need to figure out how many watts you will need for your lighting. After you know that, you should add 10% more to that number, to ensure your transformer can produce enough wattage to light all the lights equally.
Q. Why can’t I just use the power from my home?
A. Since most outdoor landscape lights are 12 volt, it is very unsafe to try to run 120 volts of power to them. They will be overloaded and this causes a safety risk!
Q. Where should I place my transformer?
A. Your transformer can be placed inside your home, such as on a porch area, or on a wall outside your home. You can also get underground transformers that are buried just outside your home. You will need to place your transformer in a place where it has close access to your home’s power grid, so it can be plugged into that grid. You will probably want to place your transformer in a place where it can be hidden or camouflaged, for aesthetic reasons.
Q. What is a zone and how do they work?
A. A zone is a section or segment of lights being powered by a transformer. They are recommended for use because they make sure the power from the transformer is distributed equally among the lights in your garden. If you are putting in all this work on your yard and garden, you will want to get the best results from your transformer. Zones make this possible!
Q. How many zones can be powered by 1 transformer?
A. That depends on the wattage of the lights being illuminated. You can find this out by looking on the packaging of the lights. It should tell you how many watts are needed for each light to work properly. You can get transformers that light as few as 45 watts of light, or as many as 1,500 watts of light. You will need to decide how many watts you will be using before you buy your transformer(s). If you get a multi-tap transformer, you can run several zones from the same transformer.
Q. Do I need to hire an electrician to put in my transformer?
A. This is dependent on how comfortable you are with working with electricity. It also depends on how much you know about wiring a transformer into your home’s electric grid. As always, if you are uncomfortable with working with electricity, please consider using the services of a licensed electrician. It is better to spend a bit more money and be safe than to make a mistake and get shocked (or worse)!
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Low voltage lighting transformers convert the electricity of your electrical grid into a much smaller voltage output. This is essential for powering your low voltage outdoor lighting!
Do You Need One?
If you are planning to have landscape lighting, then yes. Outdoor accent lighting is, for the most part, all considered low voltage. Anything that uses about 50 volts or less is.
Households in the United States typically have a 120 volt grid, which is far too much for smaller lighting to handle. Without a low voltage transformer you would short out lighting not made to withstand the excess energy supplied!
Put nice, short and simply: low voltage lighting transformers simply ‘transform’ your home’s electrical power into a smaller, more manageable voltage for your landscape lighting!
Installing a low voltage transformer can be a little bit trickier. Working with 120 volts of electricity can be extremely dangerous, and shouldn’t be attempted if you don’t have proper understanding of electrical systems. You will probably want to hire a licensed professional electrician to do the installation for you.
They will also be familiar with your local municipality codes in regards to low voltage lighting.
So What Do You Need?
This is where planning in advance comes in. You will need to know how many lights you will need for your project, because you will have to get a low voltage transformer that can support them.
Low voltage lighting transformers come in various sizes and wattage. It is important to get the right one for your lighting project. So you will need to gain a number, the amount of total wattage your landscape lighting will use.
This is a simply done taking the wattage of the bulbs in the lights you are planning to use, and then multiplying that number by the total number of fixtures.
But you will need to have a little extra in your transformer. The general rule of thumb is about 25% more wattage in your transformer than your total wattage number.
Wattage of the Bulbs x Total Number of Fixtures = Total Wattage
Total Wattage + 25% = Wattage Your Transformer Will Need
So if your total wattage comes out to be about 90 watts or so, a 100 watt transformer is what you’ll need for the job.
If you are planning to install more lights in the near future, you can consider a low voltage transformer with a higher wattage, but you don’t want to go too much higher than your total wattage. It may be a better idea to buy additional transformers, or upgrade one you have, at a later time when you do decide to add more lights.
To make your home really shine, low voltage outdoor lighting is both efficient and beautiful. It can be a wonderful addition and can bring any landscape to life. Low voltage lighting transformers are the way these kinds of lights are able to shine their brightest!
A landscape lighting transformer, or landscape lighting power packs, is an essential part of your landscaping lighting.
If you are using electrical powered lights, you must have a transformer to generate the proper current. Transformers will lower your 120 volt current that runs into your home, to the desired 12 volts for your low-voltage lights.
Your transformer can either be above ground, mounted on a pole, or underground where it provides nice, clean lines in your yard. Either way, you will be making certain you have a good flow of electricity going to your lights!
Selecting The Right Transformer For Your Job
The first thing you must do is decide where you are going to install your transformer inside, outside, or buried underground.
You can install your landscape lighting transformer inside your home or in a shed that has power. To do this, you will need to mount the transformer in a convenient location near a grounded plug-in. You will want to choose a spot that can be easily accessed but is out of your way!
You will have to drill a hole in the wall close to where you want to attach your transformer, to run your low-voltage cable from the transformer to the outdoor accent lights.
If you decide to install the landscape lighting transformer on an outside wall or post, all you will need to do is decide where you want it located. You will want it in a place that is easily accessible but is still out of the way.
You can also install your landscape lighting transformer underground. To do this, you need to carefully decide where to put is so it is accessible but protected from the elements and other things that might damage it.
After you have decided where to mount your transformer, you will need to choose a style. Transformers come in an array of shapes and sizes! You will want to pick one that will blend in with its surroundings for aesthetic purposes.
The next step is to figure out how many watts of power you will need. Check the instruction sheet of your landscape lights to see what wattage your lights are. They can vary from 1 to 50 watts, so you will need the proper wattage for maximum effect.
For best results, add up the amount of watts in a particular string of lights and add 25% more watts.
For example: if your total wattage from your bulbs adds up to 150 watts, add 37 (25% of 150) to get a total wattage of 187. For this particular string, you should purchase a transformer that carries at least 200 watts.
Transformers can carry as little as 45 watts to 1,500 watts, depending on the manufacture. It is best to have a higher wattage transformer than your total amount of watts needed.
Learn more about low voltage lighting transformers here!
A multi-tap transformer will have taps or hook-ups that can vary in wattage so you can hook more strings of lights to the same transformer. Each string can have a different watt total, depending on how many lights are in it.
Click here to learn more about multi-tap transformers
Now that you know what you are going to use, you can begin to install it!
After you have determined how many watts of power you will need, your next step is to figure out how much cord you are going to use. Some strings of lights already have the cord attached, so you already know how far from the landscape lighting transformer you can place your lights.
Other lights come with no cord. For these, you will need to measure the distance from the transformer along where you are placing the lights, until you get to the end of your desired string. Always add a bit extra for cutting and splicing wire and to bury the cord in the ground. You also need to determine the gauge of wire to use.
You will need to attach the cord(s) to the landscape lighting transformer before you attach the box to your wall or post. To do this, you need to strip the cord down to the wires at one end. Then you will need to wrap those 2 wires around the screw terminals in the desired tap. After you have them wrapped around the terminals, screw the terminals until the wire is firmly attached.
Now that you have the cord attached to the landscape lighting transformer, you need to plug it into a nearby outlet. You should now have power to your outdoor low-voltage garden accent lights! If you do not, you may have a faulty cord or perhaps your transformer is faulty. You can easily test these with a volt meter.
To run several different strings of lights thru one landscape lighting transformer, you will have to splice the cord(s) into the main cord running to the transformer.
As with any electrical work, if you don’t feel comfortable working with electricity, please contact a licensed electrician. It’s better to spend a few bucks on an electrician rather than having your landscaping project come to a shocking end!
Further questions? Check out our landscape lighting transformer FAQ!
Twinkling and sparkling, outdoor Christmas lights have become a world wide annual tradition that has lit up our Decembers.
There is never a more perfect time of the year to show landscape lighting’s beauty than when we brighten up the dark December nights with every color imaginable.
All of the houses lined with strings of icicle lights, lights draped from trees or, a personal favorite, hung inside of bushes or hedges. There is so many ways for you to decorate for the season!
So what better time to show off your creativity and own, unique style?!
While some people don’t decorate at all for the holidays, others go to the complete opposite end of the spectrum, filling their landscape with as many outdoor Christmas lights as they possibly can!
You don’t have to do anything big to really decorate for the season. Stringing up a few carefully placed outdoor Christmas lights can be very effective!
Click here if you want some tips on planning and purchasing, outdoor Christmas lighting! Then check out the hanging tips page for putting those lights up!
What is really making Christmas even brighter is the advent of using LED bulbs!
LED landscape lighting has made lighting for Christmas all the more enjoyable! Not only are they brighter, they last longer and don’t consume as much energy.
That means you won’t have to worry about you electric bill spiking in December!
Want more savings this holiday season? Maybe solar Christmas lights are what you are looking for. The pros and cons page of solar Christmas lights could give you an idea.
Though there are a lot of older strings that still use incandescent bulbs. These work fine too, but you may consider the benefits of replacing your old strings of lights with newer ones using LED bulbs.
So where do you begin? There are a lot of things you can do to decorate for Christmas. But always keep safety in mind. That last thing you will want to do is get hurt! This safety guide is a great resource for keeping you in one piece!
Outdoor Christmas lights are very distinctive, the most commonly seen type being small fairy lights. Though there are larger bulbs for a different decorative look.
There is absolutely no limit (besides your electric bill!) to the ways you can decorate your landscape. You can really show off your own personal style during the holiday season!
They come in a multitude of colorsStrings come in a solid color, pairs of colors, or just every color of bulb on one string.
There are a variety of shapes and designs you can choose fromA very popular choice is icicle lights. There are also post lights with designs like snowmen, Santa Clauses or candy canes that you can use along walkways. And snowflake designed lighting decorations that you can hang in windows.
Check out some of the most popular novelty Christmas lightsfor some more ideas!
There is a lot of flexibility with design.Strings of lights have many different settings now; always on, blinking, or chasing. Some have music options hooked up to them, also coming with features like blinking the lights in time with the music.
And with battery operated Christmas lights and solar Christmas lights you can put them just about anywhere you want to decorate without worrying about the cords!
They are a great way to show off your creativity and holiday spirit
You can take pride in your decorating abilities
It can bring you closer to your neighbors. You can do group lighting efforts, or spark up a (hopefully friendly) competition
They are just fun!
But they do burn out, break, or just go missing. Fixing Christmas lights is easy! Find out how with this simple guide!
Christmas lights are a testament to how much landscape lighting technology has changed over the years. From different colors and shades, to different designs of lamps on the bulbs to just overall efficiency of them, outdoor Christmas lights have continued to change with the lighting technology. They will always be a creative and festive way to turn your landscape into a winter art piece (just don’t forget to take them down after the season is over)!
Solar accent lighting can be fascinating and fun! With just a little bit of effort, your yard and garden can be everything you have imagined it to be.
You can choose to accent all or only part of your yard and garden with solar lighting. Everyone wants to show their yard and garden in the best light!
Solar lights are wonderful for this because of their energy efficiency! Click here to learn more about energy efficient lighting.
There are many different ways to accent your yard and garden.
Subtle lighting can be achieved through lights with slightly less power or brightness.
Accents can be just white lighting, or it can involve almost any color imaginable! Along with colored lighting, the fixtures come in many different sizes and shapes. Colored lights can put a whole different face on your yard or garden. With darker colored lights, it makes your yard or garden look almost magical.
Small fairy lights can be strung in trees or shrubs for an especially magical look. Larger lights in any one of several styles put a whole different light on the things you want to accent.
With clear bulbs, any part of your yard or garden can be showcased to show your style. These can be used where you desire a brighter light, or a clearer view of the area where they are installed. Many times, clear lights are used to illuminate a sidewalk or a driveway. Clear strings or rope lights in smaller sizes can be used to outline your pool fence or garden fence.
You can pick what best suits your tastes and your vision of what you would like your garden to be.
The shapes of the lights you choose also can make a light more subtle or noticeable.
Solar accent lights shaped like rocks fit closer to the ground, making them perfect to line a walkway or driveway. These come in various colors, but for entrance walkways and driveway lighting, you may want the brighter white light. If you prefer a more subtle ambience, the closer to the ground the better, as they blend in better and can be made to look like the garden or lawn itself is glowing.
More noticeable shapes, such as lanterns, ball, butterflies, or even garden gnomes, can add a decorative flair to your yard.
Of course, you may decide to use hanging lights or a light on a stake, for more obvious light sources. These come in a variety of shapes and colors. They can be placed along a path or driveway, or scattered out across your lawn and garden.
Whatever you decide is right for you; solar accent lighting can add to the beauty of your yard and garden!
You may use outdoor decorative lighting for simply enhancing your outdoor party, BBQ or social gathering. It’s for those times when you need to add something for an occasion rather than accent lighting (found here) that can be used most/all year round.
Whether you are planning a BBQ, a birthday party, or a holiday party you can really spice up your gathering with proper use of outdoor decorative lighting. All you need are lights and your imagination!
With those two things, anything is possible!
There are usually two different categories for when you decorate: general gatherings and specific holidays.
General gatherings and parties
Decorating for a party is fairly easy actually. You can add as much or as little lighting as you want!
The most common party lights you’ve probably seen are rope lights. They are simple strings of lights that you can hang around your yard and add a great atmosphere.
You can learn more about decorating for an outdoor party by clicking here!
If you are holding a BBQ, you should really see the benefits that lighting your BBQ will bring. This BBQ Lights page will explain!
And keep in mind that if your party involves your pool, the use of pool party lights can really set your party up and over the top!
Another thing that is commonly seen is tiki torches. These are wonderful lighting options especially if you are trying to keep bugs from pestering your party goers. They will evoke an island feel to your yard for sure! Find out more about them here!
They are so simple you can even make them at home yourself! Want to know how? Find out!
Another way to change the atmosphere of a party is by using Chinese lanterns. Paper lanterns are a staple in oriental cultures and have subsequently become extremely popular out here in the west. Learn more about Chinese lanterns!
While being listed in ‘general’, one very specific reason to decorate is an outdoor wedding. You will want to make that day very special! Though easy to overlook, try to remember that lighting can play a huge part in an outdoor wedding! Learn more by clicking here!
Of course, when the holidays are coming up, it can be an even bigger part of your decorating needs. Lights have always been part of Christmas, but now they are gaining popularity at Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and any other festive celebrations.
For specific holidays, there are shaped lights such as pumpkins and ghosts for Halloween, shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, and bunnies and eggs for Easter.
These can be strings of lights, or small post lights that are perfect for lining a sidewalk or garden with. There can also be simple lantern-like lights that you can set on a porch, deck or patio.
With so many options, youll find just what you need to have fun during the holidays!
Getting ready for Halloween? Check out the Halloween lights page!
How about Christmas? The Christmas section will have all the tips and tricks you will need!
Outdoor decorative lighting adds a whole new dimension to a party, really spicing it up! And for years we’ve seen just what kind of effects one can get from using lights to celebrate holidays.
And not only that, decorating can just be worlds of fun!
Outdoor solar lights have become extremely popular over the last couple of years.
But they are also just as good for the environment as they are for your wallet. They consume natural light from the sun and store it inside of their solar cells. After nightfall, they release the light they’ve stored, lighting up your landscape.
Most styles come with a sensor, turning the lights on at night and off during the day. You won’t have to worry about remembering to turn them on or off!
Installation is quite easy, usually just pushing the light into the ground in the desired spot, or hanging them along the railing or fence of your choice. This makes them easy to remove, and move as you see fit.
Click here for more solar landscape lighting installation tips
This freedom is wonderful for some trial and error! No need to limit your creativity because of needing wired lighting. And with so many different styles and designs of fixtures, you’ll find the perfect looking outdoor solar lights for your home.
Click here to learn more about different types of solar lighting fixtures!
Though the field of solar energy is constantly growing and changing, there are still a few downsides to solar lighting.
They need a good spot to collect light. The placement of your outdoor solar lights in your yard needs to be well planned out. They need to be in a spot that they can collect sunlight for a majority of the day. South facing areas are the best. Otherwise they won’t have enough energy stored up to produce a bright or long lasting light at night. Avoiding shady spots is the key here. Although, if you want to place lights in a shady area, there is another option. This option is a string of solar units connected to a solar panel placed to receive sunlight during the day.
They don’t light up an area like wired lighting. Solar Lighting’s best use is for accent lighting. For security or outdoor lighting during any time of the night, traditional flood or spot lights work better. Outdoor solar lights are brightest in the first couple of hours after the sun sets, and then slowly lose some of their brightness over the course of the night. (But even the diminished light output is still bright enough! As the technology of solar cells advances, especially with the use of LED solar light, this becomes less and less of a problem.)
Batteries and bulbs don’t last forever. Over time, batteries will hold less and less of a charge. They and the bulbs can be changed when needed. Bulbs are relatively cheap, but batteries can be pricier. However, this is not a frequent occurance. Solar panels can become sun damaged or damaged in other ways, such as a rock thrown from a lawn mower. You should occionally check your panels to make sure there is no damage to them, and to keep them clean of dirt and debris.
Outdoor solar lights are a smart choice to consider for your yard. They are energy efficient, costing you next to nothing. They are environmentally sound, using a completely free, renewable energy source to produce beautiful lighting. This means there is no environmental impact at all from them!
Click here to learn more about energy efficient lighting
They are safe on many levels. No need to worry about electrical shocks or tripping over power cords when using the self contained units. Solar lights that are installed in shady areas work by the installation of a solar panel on a south facing wall or post. These units come with enough cord to power them. The cord can be buried up to six inches deep, making it safe to mow over them.
And a well lit home is shown to deter criminals from targeting your home.
Outdoor solar lights are just all around efficient.
Check out all of the different options you have for solar yard lights!
Too keep your lights shining their brightest for years to come, you may wish to check out our solar yard light care and maintenance page!
Place your outdoor solar lights along pathways to make it easy to transverse your yard after dark. This will do more than just enhance the look and feel of your home, it will make it safer.
You may want to consider a solar post light for this. Or maybe some solar flood lights if you want to light up a very large area! Solar bollard lights also a very stylish choice.
This helps by illuminating obstacles in your yard, making it less likely for you to trip over them in the dark.
Solar flagpole lights are the way to show off your patriotism 24 hours a day!
For places like driveways or gates where you might not want light all of the time solar motion sensor lights might be something for you to consider.
Or for any sheds in your yard, a solar shed light might be a wise investment.
Make that deck of yours the place to be in the evenings with some solar deck lights! They are simple and easy to install and you’ll get many great benefits from them!
Rope or strings of lights work well when wrapped around or tacked to railings or fences. This will highlight the major boundaries of your yard. And on a fence around a pool or hot tub, they can create a very pleasant atmosphere for relaxing.
Having lights around a garden or flower bed allows you to be able to enjoy your flowers throughout the night. And lighting up portions of trees and/or shrubbery will allow you to accent the beauty of your lush landscape.
Solar fairy lights are a magical way to accomplish this!
If you have some sort of sign in your yard, you can use solar sign lighting to light it up so people can see it after dark!
Experiment with different colored bulbs. By changing the color of the lighting, you can completely change the atmosphere of your landscape. Decorating for the season, or in the colors of your favorite sports team can can add beauty in a fun way!
Be on the lookout for solar lights in different shapes. This can add a unique flair to your yard.
Motion sensor lights are ingenious lighting fixtures that can detect movement in a given area and turn the light on. There are many benefits to using such lighting around your landscape. Especially for security!
The way most of these kinds of units work is by detecting changing heat patterns in front of the ‘eye’ of the sensor.
Once a change is detected it’ll snap the lights on and flood the area in light.
You will want them to detect rapid changes in temperature. This will then only set it off when something warm enters the field like a human, an animal or a car.
But be careful!
If they are set to sensitive, the simple process of objects warming and cooling will set off the light.
You dont want that! The lights will be turning on all of the time!
Most units allow you to adjust the duration they stay on, usually somewhere between 1 and 25 minutes. After that period of time elapses, if the sensor doesnt detect any more movement within its field of vision, itll shut the light off.
This way you will only get the light for as long as you need it! And it means you dont have to worry about turning it on and off.
This is why they are so beautiful for security lighting purposes.
Learn more about security lighting for your home by clicking here!
Most units come with a photocell that will allow them to know when it is daylight, and when it is dark out. This will keep the light from coming on during the day when its services are not needed.
Usually the detection range is somewhere between ten to one hundred feet away. And they typically have the capability to detect in quite a wide area around.
You can typically adjust the range and radius. Consult the manual that comes with your light to find out how to do it for your specific unit.
You are going to want to place your motion sensor lights in areas that give you the most benefit.
On porches or decks
Or around/above garage doors
These areas prove benefit to you, and give you security!
You’ll find that coming home late at night becomes a lot easier if you have a light that will come on the moment you come within range.
Have a light when just when you need it!
This also cuts down your electric bill since the light wont be on all of the time.
If you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, installing motion sensor lights is fairly simple, but does involve some wiring. If you are uncomfortable working with electricity, consult a qualified lighting or electrical professional in your area.
Check out this motion sensor light installation
page to learn how to install one yourself!
If you still wish to do it yourself, and are worried about electricity; there are non-wired versions, including battery powered and solar powered.
As always, consult the instruction manual to adjust range, radius and the timers of you light. You will then be able to enjoy the added benefits and security of your new motion sensor lights!
Outdoor security lights will help keep you, your family and your home safe. It is almost an essential need in some areas, as sad as that may be.
The thing that a lot of people don’t realize is that outdoor security lights don’t work the way a lot used to think they do!
Recent studies have shown that security lights, installed poorly, actually have increased the number of crimes and prevented a lot of neighbors from even noticing a burglar.
Bright, un-shielded outdoor flood lights cause mass amounts of glare which people will not look directly at. They will not notice the crime as it’s happening because of this.
This can be remedied a bit by using outdoor spotlights, lights that shine a light only at a specific target. Click here to learn more about outdoor spotlights!
If spotlights aren’t going to work for you, you can click here to learn about how you can use flood lights for security.
Security lights that remain on all night also aid criminals significantly, allowing them to see what they are doing in the dark.
The effectiveness of security lights is further reduced when people learn that, contrary to what most believe, burglaries more often occur during the day when it’s more likely people will be out of their homes!
Although security lighting can still play a vital role in keeping you safe, it is very important that when considering security lighting, you plan it very carefully. Poorly arranged lighting can make your home more vulnerable to crime.
The best kind of outdoor security lights for scaring off criminals are motion sensor lights. They will remain off until something moves in front of the sensor, then snap on, flooding the area in light. This quick jerk of light is startling and can send many would-be burglars running.
The problem is though, that some sensors are too sensitive, and every small thing will set it off. But, most motion sensors can be adjusted for sensitivity.
And again, if poorly place, can actually prevent others from seeing a crime in progress.
Nice accent lighting will probably do you more good than lights specifically for security.
But if you still think you need some security lighting, here are some things to take into consideration when choosing and placing security lighting:
Lighting should be placed up high, or in an out of the way place. This will keep people from messing with them. But you should be able to access them easily enough for when you need to replace burned out bulbs.
They also need to be in a place easy enough to get to so you can clean the bulbs periodically. The wind will blow dirt and other things onto the bulbs over time, which will severely reduce the light produced.
Decrease the amount of glare by shielding or having a full cut-off lamp housing for the bulb. This will direct the light at the ground or at the target and away from observers.
Another tip to this is not to make the light as bright as possible. A little lighting can go a long way in the dark!
You might consider using solar security lighting to reduce your electric bill. Click here if you would like to learn more about solar security lighting
Getting security flood lights is usually peoples first choice when wanting to add security lighting to their yard.
A flood lights main purpose is to fill a wide area with light after all. What better way to protect your home!A bright all encompassing lights sounds just like what you need!
But a security light doesnt have to be extremely bright. In fact, if the light is too bright it might actually have the opposite effect than what you are looking for.
Bright lights cause extreme glare which people will not look directly at. Since they wont look at them, they are more likely to miss the crime happening behind the wall of light. And the criminals can use the extra light to see what they are doing more easily in the dark.
So you need to be a bit more cautious when setting up lights whose sole purpose is security. Properly installed security lighting can protect you and your home from unwanted guests.
To reduce this glare problem; aim your lights downwards at an angle.
Also remember that a little light can go a long way in the dark! Your lights dont have to be as bright as they possibly can be.
Making sure that you will get the maximum benefit from your security flood lights is top priority!
One way to do it? Dont have the lights on all the time.
For doing this, you might consider ones that use motion sensors. Motion sensor lights stay off most of the time until they detect a change in their field of vision. Then they snap their flood lights on!
This quick jerk of light can be enough to scare away criminals and even stray animals!
It can also be a nice warning for you that someone, or something, is creeping around your yard. And if you have someone watching your house while you are away, they will be alerted to it as well.
Just make sure that you dont have your motion sensor lights set too sensitive, as they will then just go off all of the time. These false positives can make it so youll learn to ignore it, and wont know when they are going off for real!
Find out more about motion sensor lights by clicking here!
Take some time when installing these kinds of lights to make sure they are set up properly and you will reap many benefits from them.
Solar flood lights are a very nice option to have if you wish to place your lights in a place that they will receive enough sunlight. If not, you will have to worry about wiring your security flood lights into your homes electricity.
Working with electricity can be very dangerous. If you are uncomfortable doing so; hire a professional electrician or lighting expert to do it for you!
Placement will vary from landscape to landscape. Some common places that are usually always winners: driveways, porches, deck, by doors either aimed downwards or aimed out into a front/back yard.
But if you have a different place that you need lighting because of the style of house or landscaping you have, then you should find the best placement for the light for your purposes!
Where ever you do put them, do keep in mind that you will need to find a place to put the switches to turn them on and off.
Unless you go for the option of motion sensor lights which will take care of turning the light on and off for you without you needing to do anything!
But even then, you have to place them right so they arent blinding others.
Hopefully you will be able to use security flood lights to help protect what is near and dear to you. They may take a little planning, but the benefits of them are well worth it in the end!
If you would like to learn about more uses for your outdoor flood lights, you can click here! Flood lights are also mentioned a lot in my eBook: Common Mistakes of Landscape Lighting That You Can Avoid. You dont want to be that person that uses flood lights wrong!