Anyone who’s ever fallen on a dark path knows: you can avoid this pain. Very simple is to install path lighting. Accordingly, it would be best to illuminate all paths, driveways, and stairs around the house and the garden. Lights with motion detectors are particularly useful and energy-efficient, detecting and shining immediately whenever there is movement. The installation of path lighting also deters burglars who want to sneak under cover of darkness.
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Where and how should path lighting be placed?
In any case, particularly uneven, winding, or steep sections of the path should be lighted and should illuminate the entire road. Therefore, path lighting is essential.
How to set it up: The lights should not be too far apart so that there is no strong contrast between the light and dark parts. Because if you go from light into darkness, you’ll see less at first until your eyes get used to it.
Tip: Choose path lighting that covers the largest possible area. Setting the light source’s height, the higher the spot where the light source is, the larger the room illuminated, so the higher path lighting, the less amount you need. Conversely: the greater the distance may be. Path lighting is usually between 60 and 150 cm in height.
Directional light or omnidirectional light?
What matters is what you like. If it’s a directional light, then only the illuminated side is bright, and the other side of the path is dark. Most people prefer omnidirectional light because the gardens and roads are bright at night to make people feel safe. Round lights can illuminate your path well across the area.
What types of path lighting are there?
Path lightings are made of different materials and styles. Please don’t confuse them with base, mast, and floor lights. Path lightings are available with permanently installed LED technology or with replaceable lights.
- Support LEDs:
- Their long life
- Power saving up to 90%
- It instantly reaches 100% brightness, making it ideal for installing motion detectors.
Which materials are suitable for path lighting?
Stainless steel and aluminum are weather-resistant materials commonly used for lamp posts. Copper, brass, and stone are also frequently used for the frame. The light source is surrounded by glass or plastic. Ultimately, your taste decides what’s best for your garden.
Is there any solar path lighting?
Whether to buy solar path lighting depends on the path environment and your budget. You don’t have to worry about sockets and tangled cables with solar path lighting. All solar lamp posts need the sun. Equipped with LED technology, the battery life with solar charging is several times longer. Please turn on the lights only when you need them, and you don’t have to worry about batteries at all.
What should you consider when it comes to motion detectors?
You enter the path: the light is on. You drive into the driveway: the light is on. Your friend is coming: the light is on. With practical motion detectors, it’s not witchcraft. A twilight sensor prevents your path lighting from competing with the sun, even during the day. A detection angle of 120 degrees is sufficient for one path because usually, you don’t leave the farm at night.
Have any questions about technology?
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Which light sources are the best?
Suppose you have a motion detector for your path lighting. Then energy-saving lamps are not suitable. Because they usually don’t get exceptionally bright and require warm-up time. For this reason and many others, LED lights are perfect for your light poles. To name a few: LED lights last 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs. LED lights use up to 90% less energy and are mercury-free.
Many path lightings are equipped with permanently installed LED technology. It enables particularly delicate designs—extra points for your garden. But even if you’re still using your old path lightings, you can switch to LEDs. They have standardized sockets that fit perfectly into your sockets.
Drive into the foundation or screw in?
Is it eternal or temporary? We recommend mounting your path lighting on a frost-resistant foundation or similar solid surface to secure the light stand. There is also path lighting with ground pegs for those who prefer flexibility. Just poke them into loose soil, and they can move with the mood. Assembly is straightforward – if it can be assembled.
Let the experts install the path lighting
Experts are required when providing mains power to stationary lights. You can certainly help him while digging for underground cables. However, experts know what to look out for and how to install everything safely. Even if there is a great temptation, amateurs can’t install path lighting without permission.
Do you want a practical socket? Ideally, you should have twice as much power if you’re already powering your path lighting in the garden. Choose a model with one or more sockets on the frame. Radios, cell phones, and lawnmowers can all be easily docked. Simple and practical. How do you keep path lighting from vandalism? Path lighting firmly fixed to the ground is sure not to be stolen like those with ground spikes. If you don’t have much trust in your residential area, you should prefer permanent screw path lighting. In terms of materials, some path lightings are stronger than others. If you’re afraid of vandalism, a compact model of metal and plastic is better than a filigree lamp with a glass shade. TIP: Motion detectors make sure the lights come on when someone approaches – this can scare off vandals.
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