The outdoor lighting experts at AAA Landscape Specialists, Inc. can professionally design and install beautiful landscape lighting and garden lighting to enhance your nightime atmosphere. There are many types of outdoor lighting fixtures,
different types of lamps, lens and wattage output to consider.
The most commonly used types of Lighting are Directional Lighting, Area Lighting, Niche Lighting, Well Lighting, Under Water Lighting, Hanging Lighting & Wall Washing.
Directional lighting includes up Lighting and down Lighting. Up lighting utilizes fixtures mounted on stems and placed in ground. Important considerations when using this type of lighting is the ability to maneuver and aim the fixture. This
is not the case when installing down lighting. Down lighting fixtures are primarily mounted on a structure, a building, trellis or patio, and usually pointed down or sideways to illuminate where needed
AREA AND PATH LIGHTING
Area lighting and path lighting are generally used when you desire to illuminate a larger area and are customarily placed on a path or walkway. Both area lights and path lights are mounted on a stem and driven into the soil with a stake. Path lights are generally 24” tall or less and area lights are generally 24” –60” tall. Both path lights and area lights are typically aimed downward. Path lights are best used in open areas or when surrounding shrubs and plants are low. Area lighting works extremely well in areas with tall growth and where dark-sky ordinances are in effect.
Niche lighting refers to fixtures that are typically designed for use on walls, in walls and/ or stairs and steps. Types of niche lights include surface mounted, recessed and sconce. Surface mounted lighting is mounted directly to the structure
and pointing downwards. Recess mounted fixtures are mostly hidden within the surface they are mounted in. Recess lighting is categorized by a two-piece unit consisting of a faceplate and a box to hold the fixture. The third type of niche
lighting is sconce or wall lighting. This lighting usually reflects soft light upwards, while the fixture is hidden by a half cone-like structure that can be plain or more decorative.
When you meet with a professional outdoor lighting consultant from AAA Landscape Specialists, we will discuss with you many different landscape lighting choices available including type of fixtures, 12 volt or 24 volt, LED , Xenon, Incandescent
or Halogen, Switching options, timer and transformer options, material choices, placement and effects desired.
Useful Landscape Lighting Knowledge: Low Voltage lighting systems need to be designed and installed to insure that all bulbs are receiving between 10.5 and 11.5 volts at the lamp terminals to insure optimum bulb life and brightness. A halogen
bulb with a bulb life rating of 2000 hours will only last 60% of it’s rated life at 13 volts while putting out 340% of it’s lumen rating output.* At 10.5 volts a bulb will only put out 65% of it’s rated lumens but bulb life will be extended
up to 500%. Lamp life is rated in hours of operation.