Cost Effective Upgrades for Low-Voltage Outdoor Landscape Lighting

        A great way to add value to any outdoor space is to install an outdoor landscape lighting system. Upgrading outdoor landscape lighting will further increase its value by improving both efficiency and visual appeal.

       This week’s blog post will detail some ways to upgrade an existing outdoor landscape lighting system that are cost effective, yet will have a powerful impact on making an outdoor space shine bright at night.


Switch to Energy Efficient LEDs


        There are many benefits to making the switch to LEDs in outdoor landscape lighting, as they are:

  • Energy efficient: LEDs use less energy than other types of lighting, which means increased savings on energy bills. Their energy efficiency also leads to reduced carbon and light pollution.
  • Long lifespan: LEDs last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. They have up to tens of thousands of hours of use. This longer lifespan reduces the need to replace the bulbs as often as other bulbs.
  • Durable: LEDs can withstand being in harsh weather conditions and are resistant to corrosion which makes them perfect for outdoor use.
  • Integration with Smart Technology: Controlling lights has never been easier or simple. They can be turned on or off from anywhere, come in different colors to suit any occasion, and be used in a wide range of applications.

        With these benefits, it’s easy to upgrade an outdoor landscape lighting system by switching to LEDs.  


Incorporate Modern Technology


        Smart technology has made controlling and customizing outdoor landscape lights easy and convenient.

        Modern lights come in a variety of colors, making them easy to customize and fit into any design scheme. For example, effortlessly light up a holiday party by bathing guests in red or green light. Set an unforgettable birthday bash by turning the lights on in the birthday girl’s favorite color. Decorating becomes easy with colorful lights.

        Another important advantage of using smart technology in outdoor landscape lighting is the convenience of control. Gone are the days of traveling to where light switches are, because the switch is always nearby, on a tablet or phone. Just tap a button and watch how the lights shine.

        Modern technology also allows for automation that further increases convenience. Using light sensors, timers, or motion sensors, lights can be set to turn on and off at certain times, ensuring that lights are only on when necessary. Incorporating these devices will also result in lower energy bills as less energy is used.

        In today’s world, upgrades to lights mean they do more than just turn on and off.


Install Durable Light Fixtures


        In order to get the best value, ensure that outdoor landscape lighting will last and don’t need to be replaced as often. Install light fixtures that will be able to endure the conditions of being in an outdoor environment.

        Choose light fixtures that are made from durable materials. Stainless steel, solid brass, and copper are the best materials to choose from. Fixtures made from these materials will be able to withstand the harsh conditions of being outdoors for an extended period of time. Other than material, double check a light fixture’s IP rating. An IP rating of IP44, is sufficient, though most outdoor landscape lighting fixtures will have an IP rating of IP65, which offers even more protection.

         Look for fixtures that have a long warranty, at least 15 years. This is assurance that the light fixture will be able to last for a long period of time and with proper care and maintenance, won’t necessarily need to be replaced so soon after installation.

        Outdoor landscape lighting can be an investment, but they are worthwhile.


Perform Regular Maintenance


         No matter the system’s quality or upgrades, natural wear and tear will occur. Though it is possible to minimize unnecessary costs and damage by:

  • Checking the system on a regular basis to check for any performance issues  
  • Returning light fixtures to their proper position if they are knocked over
  • Replacing burnt out bulbs in a timely fashion
  • Cutting down overgrown foliage that may be covering the lights
  • Cleaning debris off of the light fixtures

        Performing regular maintenance will help ensure that an outdoor landscape lighting system runs smoothly, efficiently, and for as long as possible, without incurring unnecessary costs.


Upgrade Low-Voltage Outdoor Landscape Lighting with LightCh8in


        A low-voltage outdoor landscape lighting system does wonders for an outdoor space in the nighttime. It provides illumination for safety, security, and increases curb appeal. While it might be easier to design and install a brand new outdoor landscape lighting system from scratch, there are still ways to upgrade an already existing outdoor landscape in a cost effective way.

        Log in or register for a new LightCh8in account now to start shopping. We have everything necessary to install a new outdoor landscape lighting system or upgrade an existing one.