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Outdoor Lighting Tips to Brighten Your Home

Posted by Gavin Martin on Fri, May 14, 2010

Elk Outdoor LightingOutdoor lighting enhances the beauty of your property, makes your home safer and more secure, and increases the number of pleasurable hours you spend outdoors

You can add wall lanterns on both sides of your front door approximately 66 inches above the bottom of the door, slightly above eye level. The height of the wall lanterns should be from 1/5 to 1/6 of the entrance height.

Use a single wall lantern on other entrances to the house mounted on the keyhole side of the door.

You may use a chain hung lantern mounted over the front door beneath an overhang for added light.

Keep you pathways well lit with lanterns mounted every 8 - 10 feet for safety.

You can add a post light near driveways and walkways for added illumination and security.  

The LightingGuru recommends ELK Wall lanterns and ELK Outdoor Lighting. ELK Lighting provides Lighting for Distinctive Homes. 

Tags: Outdoor Lighting, Outdoor Lantern, Outdoor Lanterns, Design tips, Path Lighting

Landscape Lighting Tips and Trends

Posted by Gavin Martin on Mon, September 21, 2009

Hinkley LightingNIGHT Aglow

Landscape lighting reveals your home and the surrounding grounds with a beautiful glow as the sun goes down.

The purpose of landscape lighting is to unify the relationship between your house and the landscaping that surrounds it.

Fixtures shown to the right are Ivy (foreground) and Essence in the (background) from Hinkley Lighting.

Landscape lighting should enhance the outdoor living environment, extend the hours of enjoyment you and your family spend outdoors and provide safety and security. Well designed landscape lighting will reinforce aesthetic appeal and add value to your home.

TIP: The ideal landscape lighting system is one that meets the practical and aesthetic needs of the homeowner without adding yet another maintenance requirement. To achieve these goals it is necessary to plan, design and execute the lighting carefully and methodically.

Low voltage lighting is an outdoor amenity usually added to a property after construction is completed and the landscaping has matured. Some homeowners, particularly those, who have done their own landscaping, may wish to attempt to do the lighting as well; others can enlist the aid of an outdoor lighting professional.

TIP: Exterior lighting draws your eye outward, creating visual expansion and continuity between the indoors and outdoors. In terms of aesthetics, the key to success is being subtle. Less is always more.

Landscape lighting provides functional lighting for your home's outdoor social spaces, such as decks and patios, so you can use them safely and effectively for entertaining after dark.

TIP: Low-level path lights (sometimes called area lights) spread circular light patterns, brightening walkways and highlighting nearby flower beds, shrubs and ground cover.

TIP: Deck lights typically mount to the outside of the home or to the railing around a deck. Like path lights, they distribute light in a horizontal direction and offer subtle lighting with reduced glare.

TIP: Sometimes called spotlights, accent lights use directional beams of light and can be used to highlight trees, statues and other architectural features.

TIP: Step lights and brick lights can be used in masonry or wood constructions to add safety and security on decks and steps surrounding your home.

TIP: Hinkley Lighting offers many outdoor lanterns that coordinate with the styles of our landscape lighting. Complimentary lanterns are indicated throughout this catalog. To view Hinkley's complete outdoor lantern collection, including eco-friendly options, visit Hinkley Lighting online:

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Hinkley Lighting is the leading brand of Outdoor Lighting and carries all of your Hinkley Outdoor Lighting, Hinkley Path Lighting and Hinkley Landscape Lighting needs to make the outside of your home spectacular.  

Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Outdoor Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Path Lighting

Perfect Landscape Lighting Requires Planning

Posted by Gavin Martin on Mon, September 21, 2009
Landscape LightingDesign Center - Planning...

Our featured brand Hinkley recommends following these simple guidelines to ensure a successful lighting plan:    

  • Conceal the light source behind shrubs, etc., where possible - except where the fixture itself is a decorative element.
  • Don't "over-light" (a little light goes a long way).
  • Be creative in using a mixture of lighting techniques for drama and excitement.
  • Arrange for an automatic device to turn lights on and off, such as a timer or photocell.
  • Be considerate of your neighbors - position lights strategically so they do not shine into their windows.

The basic steps are simple:

  • Decide what you want to illuminate.
  • Select the appropriate lighting techniques.
  • Select the appropriate lighting fixtures and accessories.

•    Choose the power supply (transformer).

The featured path lighting in the picture above is part of the Balloon Collection from Hinkley Lighting.

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Tags: Hinkley Lighting, Outdoor Lighting, Design tips, Landscape Lighting, Path Lighting

Low vs Line Voltage Landscape Lighting

Posted by Gavin Martin on Mon, September 21, 2009


LOW (12v) VS. LINE (120v)
understanding the difference

The homeowner should make an informed decision when purchasing residential outdoor lighting. Low voltage systems are generally more flexible in residential settings; line voltage systems are better suited to permanent commercial and institutional applications.

 12v  120v

Flexibility when installing or relocating; cable can be repositioned


Wire must be buried 18 inches and placed in a protective conduit; easy to install if area is pre-wired                        

Designed for wet locations and operates safely when exposed to moisture             

All fixtures and connectors must be absolutely waterproof (shock hazard potential when wet)

Lamps are small allowing fixtures to be smaller and blend with the landscape      

Lamps and fixtures are larger and less fixtures are required for a complete lighting plan

Lamps available in low watt type and many beam spreads; precise lighting effects can be achieved with low energy   Higher watt lamps and one or two beam spreads produce high light levels and can be wired into home's electrical supply
Can be plugged into existing outdoor receptacles; no need for an electrical contractor in most cases     Must always be installed by a licensed electrical contractor; local permits may be required

Transformer to convert electrical current from 120v to 12v required; voltage drop (dim lights) can occur if improperly installed and inadequately sized cable used

No transformer required; voltage drop not as critical



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Tags: Design tips, Landscape Lighting, Path Lighting, Line Voltage, Low Voltage

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