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Create a Lighting Plan

Plotting out your property on graph paper allows you to create an outdoor lighting plan, which can make your home safer while enhancing special features of your property. When creating a lighting plan, select a focal point such as a large tree, walkway or main entrance. Placing fewer lights often has the most impact. Under ideal conditions solar powered lights can operate up to 15 hours before recharging. Many solar powered lights have the solar panel, light and battery all in one self-contained unit.

However, if shade is an issue on your property there are units that can be powered by a remote solar panel placed in a sunny location. Solar powered lights utilize LED lamps, which last much longer than halogen or incandescent lights. Many units have internal reflectors to enhance and distribute light evenly.

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Use Tier Lights and Floodlights

Tier lights direct light downward making them ideal for walkways and steps. Alternating their placement from side to side avoids the runway look. Floodlights can direct lights at adjustable angles to highlight landscape features and architectural details. Taller fixtures illuminate larger areas and provide decorative accent lighting. The lights turn on automatically after sunset, making your home safer and more attractive, while reducing your utility bill.