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Landscape Lighting 101

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Categories: Lights, Safety, Patio & Backyard
 
 
 
After taking the plunge and purchased that swimming pool there are other things that need to be purchased to go along with it. There are many accessories to accompany your pool and patio area, and one such is landscape lighting. Although described as accessories, which may give the impression of being superficial and not really important, in the case of landscape lighting nothing is further from the truth. Wherever swimming activities take place special attention has to be given to issues of safety and if poor lighting exists then safety will be compromised.
 
Finding your way around the pool and patio in the dark could prove challenging and this is where landscape lighting makes a difference. Pathlights, as the name suggests, are lights deployed along a path or walkway. While their primary purpose is to provide lighting to enable people to see where they are going they also have another function. These lights act as decorations too. Where they are situated and the type of light they give off can be strategically organized to enhance the beauty of their locale.
 
Another type of landscape lighting that the pool owners should consider using to accessorize their swimming pools is the uplight. These uplights produce light from below and direct it upwards, as against the other way around like we are used to. Providing a softer, indirect light, uplights are usually placed near wall, plants or fixtures to produce various effects. Also known as accent lighting, this type of lighting enhances the landscape, is easy to install, and therefore ideal for the lighting of pathways and walkways leading to your swimming pool. 
 
Somewhat similar in operation to uplights except that the light is focused in a different direction, downlights are sometimes described as spotlights. In addition to the enhancing of décor and providing light for navigating along walkways and pathways, downlights provide yet another dimension. They improve security. Low voltage, strategically placed downlights give low levels of even illumination, which is preferred to bright floodlights which leaves dark shadows. 
 
Along with all the other landscape lighting, wall lights too have a role to play in regards to your swimming pool. It does everything from enhancing décor to illuminating pathways for safe navigation. Of course their placement is contingent on there actually being a wall on which to mount them. Wall lights have perhaps the most variety of all landscape lighting from which to choose as their application covers a very wide area. This is also reflected in their designs and the material from which they are constructed.
 
So as you will have by now come to realize landscape lighting is more of a necessity than anything else where swimming pools are concerned. They effectively contribute to make for safer swimming, especially at night. They also significantly enhance the appearance of the area around, and leading to your swimming pool. There is also the matter of security, the price of which is difficult to quantify.
 
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