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Exterior & Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to
add beauty and security to your home. Weather-resistant fixtures
highlight landscape features, make dark areas safer and let you
enjoy your patio or garden long after the sun goes down.

The main aim of having proper outdoor lighting is to ensure good
visibility around the perimeter of the house and to give it a distinct
feature during night time. Selecting right type of lighting fixtures
and ensuring a proper layout and wiring form the foundation of
good outdoor lighting. It is also important to ensure that the
outdoor lights are waterproof so that they do not blow their fuse
every time it rains.

In case you have a walkway leading to your home, you can simply
use outdoor lighting on both sides of it to illuminate the path. That
apart, you can use outdoor lighting to highlight certain
eye-catching features of your garden such as a water fountain, a
bird bath or a small rock garden. You can also place a spotlight
on a dense tree to simulate moonlight.
Path Lights
Install path lights along the walkway from your driveway
to your entry doors to ensure a safe walk for you and
your guests. Solar-powered lights mean you don't have
to worry about remembering to turn on the lights before
you leave the house.
Flood Lights
Flood lights offer the benefit of safety and security when
used in a stairway, dark garage or entry area. They help
discourage intruders and light the way when you return home
after dark. Position flood lights at least nine feet off the
ground so they cast a wide cone of light and are not easily
accessed. Add motion sensors and timers to customize when
and how lights turn on and off.
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Walkway Lights
Walkway lights are perfect for illuminating paths and steps. With
a variety of styles including hat, mushroom and pagoda, find a
set to enhance your home’s exterior while making your entry
safer. Stagger lights on either side of the walkway to avoid an
airport runway effect.
Wall & Ceiling Lighting
Add wall and ceiling lights to the outside of your home to highlight
architectural features, illuminate your door or porch and make
guests feel welcome. A variety of styles are available – use
coordinating collections to carry a style throughout
your home’s exterior.
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Laminate flooring has
established itself as
an innovative and
cost-efficient
alternative to solid
hardwood flooring.
Laminate is not only
attractive, but
available in a wide
range of colours
Wallpaper has been
making a come back
in recent years. It
can
be used as a great
decorating trick to
make rooms look
bigger  and ceilings
look higher, but get
it wrong and you can
be left with  the
opposite effect.
Post Lighting
Create the perfect atmosphere for a party or romantic evening with
post lighting around a patio or pool. Post lighting also adds style
along your driveway.
Draw a diagram of the exterior of your
home and yard and create a lighting
plan before you begin shopping for
fixtures.
Deck Lighting
Lighting installed directly into your deck illuminates stairs,
benches and railings, making your deck safer for nighttime
enjoyment. Flush-mounted lights installed in the decking
are designed to be walked on without getting damaged.
Solar powered Deck Lightings and even other Exterior
lightings are the best way to conserve energy and
save the environment.

Understanding the outdoor lighting styles that work
best for different areas will help you choose the most
appropriate light for your space.
Well & Spot Lights
Install well lights, spot lights or up lights around flowers, shrubs and
trees to give a sense of depth to landscaping. Look for
weather-sealed lights to ensure a longer life.
Outdoor Lighting at a Glance
POWER OPTIONS

There are three options to consider for powering outdoor lights, each with their own unique benefits.

Solar-Powered Lights require no wiring, but must be installed where they’ll receive plenty of sun to provide
illumination at night.

Low Voltage Lighting operates at 12 volts, making it safer to work with, more energy efficient and easier to install and
move. Components can include a power pack or transformer, low voltage cable and low voltage lamps.

Line Voltage Lighting operates at 120 volts, the same voltage as the appliances in your home. Installing these fixtures
outside requires the use of conduit to protect the wires and an electric junction box, rather than an outlet, to power the
fixtures.
Add Ons
Timers
Timers automatically turn lights on and off at preset times for added
convenience. For example, you can set the timer so that lights are on
when you arrive home from work every day.
Motion Detectors
Motion detectors added to lights alert you if someone is in your yard or
garage or coming up your walkway. They will also keep you safe by
lighting a path to your door in the dark, without you having to keep the
lights on all the time.
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