There are several ways you can increase the value of your property and adding landscape lighting is one of them. In addition, doing so not only makes your home beautiful, but it also creates a sight that your neighbors will admire. As a result, a home with a well-planned and executed landscape design can increase the value by up to 20%. Hiring a Los Angeles Hoffer electric electrician to install your landscape lighting makes your home safer, cozier, and more appealing. Here are some tips from professionals:
- Plan your landscape lighting
Firstly, the first thing to do is to create a landscape lighting plan by creating an illustration of your own yard or garden. To make things easier, use a DIY landscape design template.
Next, identify which locations where you want lighting based on your outdoor activities. Then, mark the locations where you need lighting after dark. Next is to determine the type of lighting you need.
For focal points, you may need spotlights or maybe lights with special architectural features for an aesthetic appeal. You can also use ambiance lighting for sitting areas or hardscape lights for structures like pools or pergola; then classify these lighting fixtures into categories.
- Consider using multiple layers
Instead of grouping a lot of fixtures to create a bright spotlight, a professional electrician from Los Angeles recommend that you position a number of spotlights with varying angles towards the object you want to illuminate. This creates layers and silhouettes for a more dramatic effect.
- Layout the components that you need
For light fixtures on your pathways light fixtures that you install on the ground, set them between 8 and 10 feet apart. Layout a low voltage cable along your concrete walkway making sure that you follow the line of the light fixtures.
If your lighting system consumes a total of 200-watt or less, use a 14-gauge cable or a 12-gauge cable for systems that use over 200 watts. If you encounter an obstacle in laying out the cable, string the cable around or under it.
- Test the lighting
Finally, test each fixture for the voltage level using a digital voltage meter. An extremely low reading is an indication of a poor connection somewhere in your system or that there are too many lights in the circuit. You can do small voltage adjustments by using a transformer’s voltage controls.
Once you have tested all the lights and are all at proper readings, it’s time to clean up the area around each of the fixtures. Your job is now complete. For any issues you cannot resolve, it’s recommended to consult an professional electrician in Los Angeles to help you out.
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Landscape lighting will instantly add to your home’s curb appeal. A few lights that are well-placed transforms a dark backyard into an inviting entertainment area. Additionally, landscape lighting accents the features in your garden or yard. As important, provide safety lighting around stairs, sitting areas, and paths.
To ensure that the installation of the lightings is both safe and professionally done, you need the services of our experts at Hoffer Electric. Call us now at (818) 999-4190 if you’re from Culver City, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Bel Air, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Woodland Hills, Tarzana or Manhattan Beach to discuss your lighting needs.