Landscapes of almost any size and shape can be effectively lit with low-voltage landscape lighting. It’s an easy, customizable, and cost-effective way to help your yard shine day and night, year-round.

The basic benefits of landscape lighting include:

  • Added security: Darkness itself could make your home vulnerable to intruders, and well-lit yards provide greater visual capabilities.
  • Increased home value: Add instant curb appeal and beautify your landscape.
  • Easily and safely installed: Low-voltage landscape lighting doesn’t need an electrician or inspection, and, unlike some other electrical work, it’s safe to install.
  • Flexibility factor: As your outdoor décor changes, so can the lighting. Whether you decide to expand your yard’s lighting or cut back for a minimal look, it’s easily adjusted to fit your needs.

Designing Outdoor Lighting

When designing your layout, careful planning can eliminate potential installation issues. Look at your yard at night to decide where you need more light.

While you’re brightening the basics, decide what else you’d like to light. A number of popular, professional-looking techniques can create dramatic and attractive designs. For example, your home’s façade is an ideal lighting subject, but a spotlight could simultaneously back-light trees and plants for a silhouetted effect or front-light them to showcase the plants.

Other popular outdoor lighting options include:

  • Pond lights for up-lighting through trees out of water garden
  • Rail mount or step lights for a deck, porch, and patio
  • Path lights for problematic areas and protection against potential liability
  • Flood lights mounted in the ground or on a wall surface or tree

Powering Landscape Lights

When you’ve chosen your lights, you’ll need to power them. Your transformer must be equal to or higher than the total watts you’ll use. If you think you may add fixtures to your system in the future, a higher-wattage transformer is recommended.

Transformers vary in style and quality, so choose one that fits your lighting plan. An optional photocell is both an energy-saving measure and a security precaution if you leave town. Most transformers are installed on an outside wall and are either hardwired or plugged into an outlet. And some models can be buried in the ground for an out-of-sight application.

It’s a good idea to install the transformer near a power source or outlet, and as close to your lights as possible to minimize cable runs.

Your Houston landscape is your pride and joy. Give it the look it deserves with the proper lighting. Be careful, though, not to over-light your landscape, since too much light might prove unattractive. Just be creative and truly light what you want.