outdoor lightingThe weather is getting warmer, and the days are getting longer. Now’s the time to take full advantage of your back garden or front deck with outdoor lighting.

Choosing outdoor lights isn’t as simple as picking the cheapest or the most attractive model. You’ll need to take into account a range features that will affect the performance and life span of your lights.

Before we look at choosing outdoor lighting in more depth, let’s go through the top three benefits of outdoor lights.

3 Reasons You Need Outdoor Lighting this Summer

1. Make Full Use of Outdoor Space

Use lights to illuminate the outdoors. Transform a dark back yard into a fully functional living space, or convert a patio into an alfresco dining area. Opt for lighting that’s both decorative and functional, such as spotlights, floodlights and uplights.

Mood lighting adds warmth to an outdoor space, which makes them more inviting. Try fairy lights or lanterns.

2. Improve Safety

If you plan to use your outdoor space in the evening, you’ll need to ensure walkways are well lit to prevent friends and family from tripping. Use zone lighting to illuminate pathways, driveways, entryways and garages.

3. Keep your Home Secure

Believe it or not – summer time sees the most home burglaries. Outdoor lighting with timers or sensors can protect your home. This is especially important if you plan to take a holiday during the summer months, as well lit homes looks lived-in, rather than vacant, and will discourage trespassing.

How to Choose Quality Outdoor Lights

Here are a few things to consider before deciding on your outdoor lights:

  • Light output. Generally speaking, cheap outdoor lights are not very bright.
  • Price.Super cheap lights tend to degrade quickly. Cheap metals put electrical wires at the risk of being exposed to the elements. This is a serious safety hazard, as lights begin tripping in wet weather.
  • Powder coated lights: We’ve noticed that cheap powder coated lights, or anodized lights, tend to lose their paint quickly. In addition, the diffusers turn an ugly yellow in the sun.
  • Adjustable lights. Adjustable lights tilt in different directions, and the swivel is usually the part that rusts and deteriorates first.
  • Should you go for 12 or 240 volt? In the garden, 12 volt lighting is safe. We don’t need to bury the cables deeply, and they shouldn’t cause harm if chewed by an animal or accidentally cut with the whipper snipper. This is normally what we install for our clients. We only use 240 volt lighting for wall lights, exterior spots, floodlights etc.

A Note on Bollard Lights

Bollard lights are very difficult to get right. We recently trialed several types of bollards in a large complex that needed 115 lights, and we didn’t find a reasonably priced design that worked. Each design had issues, such as water damage, easy to push over, and rusting (even stainless steel).

We spent a lot of time adjusting the lighting installations and angles, but nothing fixed the issues. Unfortunately, after a lot of trial and error, we have yet to find an inexpensive (less than $200) bollard design that doesn’t get damaged very quickly. So keep that in mind if you’re considering bollard lights.

Have Outdoor Lighting Installed

We’ve done extensive trialing and testing of outdoor lights over the years. We now offer a range that we feel are the most robust and best value for money with a long lifespan and decent warranty.

If you’d like to transform your outdoor space into a functional, beautiful living area, don’t hesitate to get in contact. Call on 1300 191 330, or fill out the form at the top right of this page.