Lighting can have a huge impact on the mood and appeal of a room or the exterior of your Nashville home. It’s not just the structures that could be brightened with the use of lighting, however, but even your landscaping.
Many homeowners who are very particular about the appearance of their property make the effort to carefully plan their outside landscape lighting to achieve the best effect. Here are some ways you can improve the appearance of your lawn with simple changes.
Have a Lightbulb Moment
Some light bulbs are more expensive or less energy-efficient. Ideally, you would want to get something that would deliver results without burning holes in your pocket or hiking up your electric bills.
White LED bulbs are the most energy-efficient and last for a long time. They are, however, more costly considering what you have to shell out to purchase them. Then again, if the bulbs are going to be used for a long time, power bill savings will more than cover the additional cost.
If you want something that lasts long too but isn’t going to be that hard on your budget, you can turn to fluorescents. They used to come in just one color, but there’s a wider range of shades to choose from. They’re almost as energy-efficient and definitely cheaper than LED bulbs.
It’s best to check for the availability of electrical breakers and outlets capable of supplying the power needs of your landscape lights. There really shouldn’t be any problems with this, but just to be safe, it’s best to double check.
At the same time, make sure that any cables or wirings are properly protected from the natural elements such as direct sunlight or heavy rain and snowfall. Also lookout for wayward insects and rodents that may show an interest in munching on the electric cables. Be mindful about stapling the wires in place to keep them from dangling. If you’re not careful, you could accidentally puncture the wire casing, which could cause the wires to be exposed later on, thereby risking a short circuit.
For best results, consult with garden and landscaping companies that also offer landscape lighting. Through their assistance you’ll have a garden that’s sure to be the talk of the town in no time.
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