Outdoor Lighting

Enhancing Your Property with Outdoor Lighting is a great way to improve beauty and safety

Whether you’re looking to highlight your home’s architectural features, create a warm and inviting atmosphere for outdoor gatherings, or improve visibility and security around your property, we can help.

types of outdoor lighting

When it comes to outdoor landscape lighting, the options are endless. It’s important to consider the style of your home and landscape, as well as the purpose of the lighting, when choosing the right lights for your property. With a little bit of planning and the help of Seattle Sustainable Landscapes, we can help you create a beautiful and functional outdoor lighting plan that will enhance the look and feel of your Seattle property.

Low-voltage lighting

This type of lighting uses less energy than traditional lighting and is often less expensive to install and maintain. Low-voltage lighting can be used to highlight pathways, gardens, and other landscaping features, as well as to provide security lighting around the perimeter of your property

LED lighting

LED lights are energy-efficient, long-lasting, and can be used in a variety of outdoor lighting applications. They can be used to highlight specific features of your landscape, such as trees, water features, and statues, or they can be used to provide general lighting for your outdoor living spaces.

Solar lighting

These lights are powered by the sun, so they don’t require any electricity or wiring. They’re easy to install and maintain, and they’re great for illuminating paths, gardens, and other landscaping features.

Area Lighting

There are also different types of lights such as well lights, spotlights, and flood lights that can be used for different purposes such as for accent lighting, task lighting or for security lighting.

Landscape lighting considerations

At Seattle Sustainable Landscapes, we install a variety of lighting systems. Here are some additional considerations for our most asked about lighting solutions:

LED Landscape Lighting

LEDs are a great option for outdoor landscape lighting because they offer energy efficiency, long lifespan, durability, variety, instant on, low maintenance, and high-quality light. They can be used in a variety of outdoor lighting applications and can enhance the beauty and safety of your property while reducing costs and environmental impact.LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are a unique and wonderful option for outdoor landscape lighting because they offer several key benefits:

  1. Energy efficiency: LEDs are highly energy-efficient, using up to 85% less energy than traditional incandescent lights. This can help to reduce electricity costs, and it’s also better for the environment.
  2. Long lifespan: LEDs have a long lifespan, typically lasting between 25,000 and 50,000 hours, which is significantly longer than incandescent or halogen lights. This can save homeowners money in the long run, as they won’t have to replace the lights as often.
  3. Durability: LEDs are durable and resistant to shock and vibration, which makes them well-suited for outdoor use. They are also able to withstand extreme temperatures, making them suitable for all climates.
  4. Variety: LEDs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and they can be used in many different outdoor lighting applications. They are also available in different color temperatures, which can be used to create different moods and ambiances.
  5. Instant On: Unlike traditional lights, LED lights turn on instantly, which is useful in outdoor landscape lighting, where the lights are needed to turn on quickly and provide visibility.
  6. Low maintenance: LEDs require very little maintenance, and they don’t produce heat like traditional lights, which reduces the risk of fire.
  7. Quality of Light: LED lights can produce a high-quality light that is bright and true to color. They can also be dimmed to create different moods and ambiances, making them perfect for outdoor landscape lighting.

Solar landscape Lighting

Solar lights are often touted as a sustainable and cost-effective option for outdoor landscape lighting, as they are powered by the sun and don’t require any electricity or wiring. However, in Seattle, where there are shorter daylight hours and dreary days, it can be questionable if solar lights can provide enough power to provide adequate lighting throughout the night. Recent advancements in solar lighting technology claim to have made solar lights more efficient and reliable. For example, many solar lights now come with built-in rechargeable batteries that can store energy during the day, so they can continue to provide light even on cloudy or overcast days. However, it remains to be seen if these advancements have truly made a significant impact on the reliability and efficiency of solar lights in Seattle. We discuss this in detail here.

Another solution for this issue is to use solar lights in combination with other types of lighting such as low voltage lights. This will ensure that there is enough light even on dreary days. Overall, while solar lights may seem like a good option on paper, it’s important to consider the specific conditions of your location and whether solar lights will be practical and efficient for your needs. With the improvements in technology, solar lights may be able to provide more reliable and consistent lighting, but it’s important to do your research and weigh the pros and cons before deciding.

    Are you more the DIY type? We would love to help you with your outdoor lighting needs, but understand that sometimes you just need to tackle it yourself for various reasons. Check out our tips on installing an efficient outdoor lighting system. 

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