All About the Outdoors: Landscape Lighting, Outdoor Wiring, and Water Features

With the weather warming up, it is time for us to start spending our afternoons in the outdoors with friends and family. As always, we want to make our yard as pleasing to the eye as possible –planting a few flowers, fixing up the garden, and landscaping.

But there is more to our yards than pretty flowers! If you want to get the most out of this wonderful weather –let’s say, well into the night –then you should consider adding some outdoor wiring and lighting.

Here at Hiller we know about all things electric, which is why today we are going to go over a few tips on landscape lighting and wiring. Take a look below:

Using a low-voltage system

  • First things first, outdoor wiring, specifically landscape wiring, usually entails a low-voltage system. In a low voltage system, all the lighting is connected to a transformer that will take the electricity used throughout your home and reduce it from the 120-volt current to a 12-volt current.
  • This is done for several reasons. One, it is much more energy efficient, since your outdoor lighting should require less energy. Two, it is much safer because your outdoor fixtures need to stand up to the elements. And finally, the low lighting provides a much more aesthetically pleasing glow, opposed to the brighter lighting we use indoors.

Mapping things out

  • Installing landscape lighting throughout your yard requires more than just placing lights around at random. There are plenty of fixtures to choose from, whether it is a downlight, flood, wash, garden, bullet or well, each has its own purpose in enhancing the lighting of your home.
  • If you are not sure what you want, consider asking for a professional opinion to help guide you in making the best choice possible. Another thing to consider is timed lighting. Incorporating a timer in your outdoor lighting system is a great way to make your outdoor lighting and wiring much more efficient, saving you some money and any headache of worrying whether or not you shut off your lights.

Weather proof

  • As a safety precaution, you should make sure all of your installations are weather proof (i.e. water proof). The most important items to weatherproof are the things you’ll likely come into contact with such as outlets, or the string lighting that you may install around your patio. Doing so will ensure a safe environment and put you at ease about any possible electrical hazards.

Water features

  • Adding a water feature to your landscape can do wonders when it comes to enhancing the aesthetics of your backyard. Not all water features require electricity, but if you a considering installing a water feature that has running water, then you will need to make sure there is proper wiring installed for the pump.

If you have any questions about the info above, feel free to contact us –call us today at (402) 339-0524. Hiller Electric can also help you with your installation needs—no job is too big or too small, we guarantee quality service every time!

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