Outdoor Living Design Tips For Homeowners!

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Real Estate

Increase Your Outdoor Living Space Usage With These Hardscape Lighting Design Tips.

Planning                                                                                    

Low voltage lighting is a critical consideration in designing your patio.

Integral lighting provides excellent accent and primary lighting for walkways.

Spacing of the lamps is ideal at 40" intervals. The bulbs can be changed to increase or decrease the intensity of light. Steps must be illuminated for safety. Overall lighting provides dramatic impact and will increase the use of the patios after nightfall.

The unique design provides numerous applications in your hardscaping project and the ease of installation

Installation

Always use 10/2 cable if you plan to install 100 feet or more of cable.

Integral lights are easy to install in any wall or under a tread in your steps. Thought should be given to future access to the cable and the point of lamp connector. Keep the Integral lamp connector as close to the light as possible. This willl permit easier maintenance should the need arise in the future on your hardscape project.

Lighting Control

The installation of a dedicated switch will provide the greatest flexibility in the operation of your Integral lights. Transformers generally provide operation by timer. However, the ability to control your Integral lights on your hardscape patio and walkway will provide the greatest level of user satisfaction.

Lighting Retrofit

Layout the desired Integral light locations on your hardscape wall and steps.

It is ideal to install the Integral lights under the hardscape wall caps or stair treads.

Pry the desired caps off, install the light, test and reinstall the cap or tread with hardscape adhesive. Longer runs of cable may be necessary to accommodate the concealment of the cables. Remember to use 10/2 if the runs will exceed 100 feet in length.

Check out www.buddingco.com for more tips!

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