Lighting. Friday , September 21st , 2018 - 18:54:32 PM
Before you can purchase your lights you must also decide on whether you want low (12v) or high (120v) voltage lamps in your garden, or a mixture of the two. Your choice will determine what sort of electrical cabling system and electrical fittings you'll need to provide the power for your lighting.
Fluorescent lighting has been around a long time and you may not think it is that efficient. Old fluorescent lighting certainly isn't T12 and T8 tubes and their drivers can be horribly wasteful, sometimes using double the amount of power they are rated at. However T5 fluorescent tubes coupled with a modern ballast is remarkably efficient, almost as efficient in fact as LED lighting. Modern warm start ballasts have also increased reliability and allowed for extending the life of the tubes which can now reach as much as 30,000 or 40,000 hours. Modern drivers also operate at high frequency, unlike their older counterparts, which mean there is no longer a noticeable flicker with fluorescent lights. Fluorescent lights do also suffer from early failures, and because they rely on a filament the more often they are turned on and off the shorter their life will be; this means turning them on and of with presence detection to reduce their use and save money on your bill could backfire when you have to frequently replace the tubes. If you do go down this route make sure the drivers feature warm start and don't set the controls to frequently turn the lights on and off.
To Make Your House Safer. Exterior home lighting will enable your family and visitors to move more safely around the garden, avoiding obstacles and hazards that are clearly visible during the day. For example, creating a lighted pathway will help to prevent unfortunate accidents such as tripping over objects in the dark. To Create an Attractive and Relaxing Outdoor Environment. Lighting the garden at night not only creates light and shadows but also a real sense of mystery and drama. It can totally transform the outdoor space when daylight fades and night begins.