Outdoor Patio Lighting Options
You’ve decided to add outdoor patio lighting to your outdoor living space, and now you want to know how to wire it. There are a few different ways to do this, but I’ll outline the main options here for your consideration.
The simplest way is to run a ground cable from each light to a switch or sensor that tells the light to turn on or off. This can be done with low-voltage lights, or over-voltage protection lighting. The most common problem with this type of lighting is that it isn’t very cost effective. You have to buy all the cabling separately. Plus, if you have two or more switches or sensors, you need to be sure that you’ll be able to connect them all to your main power source.
You could use a similar setup but instead of using lights, you use sensors to control the light. The sensors are connected to each other and to the central switch, and they will open or close the lights depending on whether the temperature is above or below a preset temperature. Again, you may need to buy the sensors in separate packages so that you’ll be able to connect them all to your main power source.
Most people prefer the LED-backlit option, which is compact and easy to install. It comes with two wires; one for power and one for the control signal. You just attach it to the circuit panel and connect the ends together to complete the circuit.
Another type of outdoor patio lighting is called LED-backlit. These are backlit with LEDs which allow them to be a lot brighter than incandescent lights. They’re also more energy efficient, and you get a real “day glow” when there’s no one else around. You can purchase these by the meter, so they’ll all be in the same style.
Some people prefer a motion detector, which is sensitive enough to turn on the lights only when something moves near it. This type of outdoor patio lighting can be great for hiding pets or children in the dark. They’re a little more expensive than other types of outdoor patio lighting, but you can expect to save at least $100 every month on electricity. They are also a lot easier to install than other styles, as the motion detector will be placed in the middle of each row of lights.
If you want to add some ambiance to your outdoor patio lighting, consider adding a garden fountain. Although I’m not very good at outdoor landscaping, I have a friend who actually designed one of these special fountains out of old steel beams, which was one of the most interesting projects I’ve ever seen.
Finally, don’t forget about keeping your patio deck watertight. I think it’s critical to have a gutter system to keep the water away from your newly installed outdoor patio lighting, and of course you should maintain the hose to make sure the rain doesn’t get inside.