"Creating a beautiful landscape doesn't have to be expensive," says Rick Wiedemer of Hinkley Lighting.
"A few well-placed, low-voltage path or accent lights can have a huge impact on a wellmanicured landscape.
No lawn is too small.
"Even modest homes or those with limited yards or gardens can benefit," he
"Low-voltage landscape lighting is inexpensive, safe and relatively easy to install.
A handy homeowner can put in a low-voltage lighting system over a weekend."
All that is needed are some basic tools, a transformer (which reduces standard 120-volt household current to the safe 12-volt level), outdoor low-voltage copper cable, and low-voltage lighting fixtures - all of which you can find at your local ALA-member lighting showroom.
"It's an easy project that adds beauty, value and security, and doesn't take a lot of time," Wiedemer
suggests taking inspiration from your home's interior or exterior architectural elements.
"The combination of form plus function is very important," he
"The idea of enhancing your outdoor environment to reflect your personal style is very popular, especially as we look for more ways to extend the amount of time we spend outside.
There are many attractive designs available and you can add color and interest with different glass choices, unique castings, nature-inspired shapes, and architectural elements," Wiedemer
suggests low-voltage halogen lighting as a lessexpensive alternative to a typical incandescent line-voltage system.
"Low-voltage halogen operates very efficiently, and the amount of light (lumen output per watt) is much greater than with incandescent bulb equivalents," he
An even more efficient light source - and what Wiedemer refers to as "a true 'green' solution" - is LED.
This developing lighting technology provides equivalent light output to that of halogen or incandescent, but at considerable energy savings of up to 75 percent less.
estimates the average lifespan of a well-made LED light source to exceed 40,000 hours or more than 12 years of average nightly use.