Outdoor Lighting Basics


Outdoor lighting is one of the easiest ways to make real estate in Jacksonville Beach shine at night – literally! It is also an effective way to deter crime and to allow guests and visitors to better spot our homes during the evening hours. Luckily, outdoor lighting is easy to install by the average homeowner, and today’s LED lighting systems require very little energy and very little maintenance.

If you are interested in giving your home a little nighttime pizzazz, here’s how to get started:

  1. Take a look at your home from the curb once the sun has gone down and make notes of particularly dark areas or areas you would like to see illuminated. A yard tree, a fountain, and a beautifully planted bed are all areas where illumination can be addressed. Beyond that, however, consider safety lighting that will help guests make their way up your walkway and to your porch. Safety for nighttime walking is one of the first things that should be addressed.
  2. Once you have made your notes of the areas to be lit, make a rough diagram of the yard, along with measurements. Take this diagram to the lighting store so you can choose the best lighting fixtures for your needs.
  3. The best place to start is with a good transformer for your low-voltage outdoor lighting needs. Provided you have a good transformer that can handle more lighting as you add and change your landscaping lighting, you will have the flexibility to create the nighttime landscape of your dreams.
  4. Use the correct fixtures for the correct areas. You will find uplights, which are great for highlighting trees or illuminating the front of your home; path lights, which is ideal for creating pools of light along your pathway and driveway; and backlights, which create a beautiful silhouette along a wall for object of interest. Just be sure to pay attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations for installation and placement.

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