How to choose the best landscape lighting fixture?
- Determine the Lighting Purpose
Firstly, identify the objects you want to highlight in your landscape, such as a tree, a fountain, a lawn, or a pathway. Then, determine whether you need lights for safety, security, highlighting architectural features, or just creating ambient lighting and decoration. Based on that, you can choose from a bunch of landscape light fixtures required to create the desired effect. For instance, spotlights are ideal for highlighting architectural features and projecting lights to the trees to draw attention, while bollard lights can illuminate a walkway. And outdoor flood lights are good to light up a wide area and give bright illumination, which makes people feel safe.
- Consider the Style and Color
Once you’ve confirmed the lighting purpose, then you can aim at the style of those landscape lamps. The principle is the light should match the architecture and landscaping design around your property. Modern homes look great with sleek, minimalistic outdoor fixtures, whereas traditional homes look better with classic and ornate designs or a rustic look. In addition, most of the landscape garden lights are with black finish, they can also have a vintage, grey, or even white finish. Luminouslte can customize the color based on your landscape lighting project.
- Solar-powered or Electric Operation
Solar landscape lights come with rechargeable batteries, making installation quick and easy since you don’t need to worry about wiring or electrical outlets. You can install them everywhere as long as the light can get sunshine to recharge. However, depending on the product’s quality, solar light batteries may need frequent changing – the battery often loses its full storage capabilities over time.
AC-powered landscape lights are more durable and high-quality fixtures. They give off brighter lighting and you can benefit from their reliability. However, the installation needs to be wired and involves the use of a transformer, waterproof connectors, and cables, which is not as straightforward as with solar-powered fixtures and takes more time to install.
It’s difficult to say which one is better, each type has its advantage and disadvantage. It’s up to your preference and DIY ability to choose. If you’re concerned about the complexity and safety of the installation and don’t want to spend too much time on the installation, then go with the solar landscape lights. But, if you’re an experienced DIYer and have full electrical knowledge, electric-powered landscape lights are the best.
- Mains Voltage 220V or Low Voltage 12V/24V
Mains voltage is 220V lighting which is wired directly into the main electricity supply. The main advantages of 220 volt installations are landscape lights do not need to use transformers, so installation is easier in a place where hiding transformers can be difficult. And also, you don’t have to worry about the voltage drop issue. However, since the landscape light is used outdoors and exposed to water and weather, the main concern is landscape light of 220v must have some suitable protection against accidental damage to ensure safety.
While the low voltage 12v is a safety voltage, 12 volts is inherently safe for children and pets. Exposure to 220V can kill a person. That’s a huge electrical current. Exposure to the much lower 12V will give just a slight shock if you or a family member come into contact with it. And, the 12v outdoor light system is safe to install and maintain, since the voltage level is significantly lower than a standard electrical outlet.
Hence, the use of 220v (or 120v) fittings is not recommended due to the risk of electric shock. We advise the use of DC12V or DC24v landscape lighting.
- Choose the E27 Light Bulb types or SMD Integrated Types
They’re all LED light sources, the difference is from the maintenance and the light effect. Landscape light fixture design with E27 light source can be easily replaced or repaired. The diffuser of the fixture can be taken off and the bulbs can be replaced with a new one, so you don’t have to change the whole fixture. Replacement is easy and hassle-free.
Landscape light fixture integrated with SMD means the LEDs are built-in, and fixed inside the fixture. Although it’s with more bright light and can achieve different beam angles, maintenance is not as simple as the led bulb types. If the problem comes from the transformer, replacing it with a new transformer will work. But if it’s the LED issue, unless you can repair or change the LEDs, or you have to replace the whole fixture.
- Choose Products from the Landscape Lighting Manufacturer
Last but not least, buy the light from a qualified landscape lighting manufacturer. Landscape light factories have experience in engineering and designing landscape lights that are functional, durable, and aesthetically pleasing. And, they also have a very strict quality control process to ensure quality assurance. Landscape lighting factories have the ability to create custom lighting designs that suit customers’ individual styles and meet the project budget. More importantly, buying from the manufacturer means you get their warranty on the product, this ensures that you are protected in the event that a malfunction occurs. Also, landscape lighting manufacturers provide after-sales support services such as installation instructions, maintenance, and customer service to help customers maximize their lighting system’s potential.