Sunday, January 30, 2011

Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

As our days get longer, I start to dream about warm, summer evenings in the High Desert. Ok, maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself, seeing that we get freezing temperatures at night all the way through July. But what about enjoying the outdoors from the inside looking out?

This is why I love implementing low voltage lighting into the landscape designs we provide our clients. Even though it may be cold outside, you can still view your landscape through subtle lighting that won't disturb your neighbors or the die hard star gazers out there.

Those of you that know me, know that I am all for solar lighting. However, the industry still has not perfected these fixtures and do not provide the quality of light that is desired from my clients. Several manufacturers are working with LED-based bulbs, but haven't found that sweet spot yet. Eventually, the industry will figure out how to obtain adequate light with these LED or solar fixtures, but until then, I am sticking with what I know works.

One of Blooming Desert's preferred lighting companies is FX Luminaire. Their products are reliable, durable and offer a wide selection of styles and finish options. They are also made in the good 'ol U.S. of A. and manufactured right here on the West Coast. A few of my favorite fixtures are the Rotondo Luna, Metallo Pesante, Luna Sonora and Della Ribalta, each for different reasons. They can be viewed on the FX Luminaire website. Light fixtures typically cost between $200.00 and $300.00 per fixture, installed by a professional. You may get a little sticker shock at first, but you should view landscape lighting as a long term investment. A 10 year guarantee on the fixtures and the ability to enjoy your outdoor space 30% longer makes the decision a no-brainer. Plus, you won't have to worry about the boogie man lurking behind those dark bushes. :)

1 comment :

  1. I think it is a good idea to include lighting in your landscaping project. Lights plays a major role in making your garden look sophisticated. For one, it can be a design piece and a functional device during nighttime. With proper landscape lighting, you can highlight the beautiful parts of your property that you want to emphasize.[Allison Shallenberger]