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How to Decide Between Solar-Powered and Low-Voltage Outdoor Landscape Lighting

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 10 January , 2018

More often than not, our homes are our most valuable investments. In efforts to keep their landscaping efforts from getting lost in the dark, more and more homeowners are turning to outdoor landscape lighting.

In fact, a recent survey carried out by the American Society of Landscape Architects found that outdoor lighting was the second most popular outdoor design element for U.S. homeowners. Fire pits and fireplaces ranked first.

The main choices for outdoor lighting are solar-powered and low-voltage lighting. In this issue, we’ll share pros and cons of each.

Why should I care about outdoor landscape lighting?

Reasons for adding outdoor lighting go far beyond making your home and landscape look really good. Other reasons for adding a landscape lighting system include:

  • Extending the time that you, your family and friends spend outdoors;
  • Acting as a deterrent from potential intruders because dark areas ideal for hiding are no longer obscured;
  • Increasing the level of safety for you and your guests by safely guiding them around potential hazards; and
  • Adding to your home’s value by providing a striking first impression.

What are the pros and cons of solar-powered lighting?

As we wrote in a previous blog entry, solar-powered lighting is a good idea for the environmentally-conscience homeowner. They’re relatively cheap, easy to install and require very little maintenance.

On the downside, you definitely get what you pay for. If you opt for solar-powered lighting, be prepared to deal with:

  • Lights that are far less bright than electric fixtures; and
  • Batteries being fully-charged for only 1-2 hours even after receiving 4-6 hours of direct sunlight, which can be quite an issue during the winter months.

What are the pros and cons of low-voltage lighting?

There are a host of reasons that more and more homeowners are choosing to go with low-voltage lighting for their outdoor landscaping needs.

Unlike solar-powered lights, installation of low-voltage lighting systems do contain a wiring process, which means that not just anyone can install them.

However, the pros definitely make the decision between the two easier for the consumer to make. For example:

  • The brightness of the lighting provided by low-voltage is far superior, and is a fantastic option, especially if you’re looking to light-up social areas like decks, pool areas and backyards; and
  • The selection and versatility of low-voltage lights is also a huge benefit to consider as they do come in a wide offering of styles, and offer numerous options, like installing a timer.

For professional outdoor landscape lighting in San Diego, call Juniper Landscape Company!

If you are interested in receiving an estimate for landscape lighting, or in a complimentary lighting demonstration at your house, please contact us at 619-334-9464, or you can reach James directly via email.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.

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