Outdoor lighting is a huge benefit for your home. Not only will it add a new level of security, but it also eliminates stumbling and falling in the dark. Outdoor lighting comes in a huge variety of options. For instance, you can choose form sensor lighting on your deck or patio where the light comes on whenever it senses motion, you can add atmosphere lighting out in the backyard if you love to entertain, or you can enhance the appearance of your home with ornate lighting around the front door.
If you want to add outdoor lighting to your home, the best option is to choose low-voltage lighting. At your home improvement or hardware store, you will find all types of kits available that are inexpensive and easy to install. You can even buy a weatherproof transfer that will drop your home�s current from 120 volts to 12 volts. All you need is a pair of wire strippers, a screwdriver, some silicone sealant, and an outlet cover specially designed for outdoor use.
For example, for pathways lights, be sure the outside outlet is protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, or GFCI outlet. This will protect the outlet during rain and snow and adds protection for indoor the home in any room where electrical shock could be experienced from moisture such as the kitchen or bathroom. If you do not have a GFCI outlet, you need one.
Start by unplugging the transformer and then install the GFCI on the outside wall near the current outlet. Attach the cable included in the kit to the transformer, laying the cable on the ground, running it in the path where you want the lighting installed. Now you can start connecting the lights to the cable. All you have to do is follow the systematic instructions in the kit provided by the manufacturer. Remember when connecting the lights that you want to leave some extra cable in between the lights so you can place them in different locations if you like. Once all the lights are connected, position the, and then push the post into the ground.
If you are interested in different type of outdoor lighting, again, you will need to make sure outlets are GFCI and that the voltage is appropriate for the project. If you are not sure, have a licensed electrician check before you start anything. Once you have all of the cabling, outlets, and voltage taken care of, now you can have fun with choosing the lighting.
A very popular choice is the Tiki torch. Although you can still buy the lighted kind with flames, new types are electric, yet give off the same appearance. This type of outdoor lighting is wonderful for grilling outdoors during the summer months. When the sun starts to set, you can flip a switch and have instant atmosphere. Check your local area and even on the internet to see all the options for outdoor lighting. You can create whatever type of look you like and the overall home will look better and be more marketable if you ever decide to sell.