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Outdoor Wall Lanterns - Using Low-Voltage Lighting

Aug 5, 2008
When people are buying their house, one of the first things they notice is the curb appeal of the house. Curb appeal is defined as the way a house looks as soon as they get out of the car. The same thing holds true for visitors to your backyard. The way you have designed the landscape of your backyard will make the difference between a good first impression and a lousy one. Outdoor wall lanterns can turn your drab backyard into a wonderland of style. They can do it by also being very Earth friendly.

When designing your landscape for your backyard, most people will focus on the look and style of the lanterns themselves as well as the geography of the backyard itself. One other aspect that many people will then decide on is whether they will go with wired lighting or with solar powered lighting.

When deciding on wired lighting for your Outdoor Wall Lanterns, the choices are between low-voltage lighting and their regular-voltage cousins. Everyone knows what the regular wired lighting is so we will not need to explain how it works. Low-voltage lighting, however, is clearly the choice for those who want to minimize their carbon footprint while minimizing the hit to their wallet when the monthly electric bill comes. A low-voltage system uses a small transformer which converts the 120volts from your house to 12volts so they can be easily used by the lighting fixtures.

The components of low-voltage lighting consist of the transformer (or power pack), the low-voltage lamp (or light fixture) and the low-voltage cable which runs between the transformer and the lamp.

Low-voltage lighting is extremely flexible and very easy to use. As plants grow and the geography of your landscape changes, the lights can be easily moved. What is more is that low-voltage lighting does not require extensive electrical knowledge to install ( no master electrician needed - just following the installation guides will be sufficient). In fact, low-voltage lighting is so easy to install that most low-voltage Outdoor Wall Lantern installations can be finished in under two hours while using only a screwdriver.

One additional benefit is that low-voltage lighting is also safe around children and pets. This is due to the shockless aspect of its design.

When you take into consideration the ease of installation, low-cost and safety issues, low-voltage lighting is a very attractive option for you to consider when choosing to use wired lighting in your landscapes.
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ForceofNature shows people how to choose the right outdoor candle lanterns as well as outdoor wall lanterns by writing articles about these and other landscaping topics.
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