LED Landscape Lighting – Types of Lighting Fixtures

OK, so we’ve progressed with our project and it’s time to think about what kind of light fixtures we need and want to use. There are several things to consider when selecting light fixtures: aesthetics, function, mechanical features and cost.

Aesthetics: Appearance is important not only to decorative fixtures but to functional units as well. In both cases, the fixture selected needs to visually complement the building’s architectural style and the landscape style. Literally hundreds of fixture styles are available from bare bones high tech look to one of many historical styles meant to coordinate with specific architectural periods. Often, several different types of fixtures will be needed throughout a site, each serving a different purpose. Fixtures are available in ‘families’ meaning that a series of fixtures are designed to coordinate in their basic shape, but may vary in size and function. Using fixture families can present a cohesive appearance to all of the lighting equipment. Keep in mind that the size of the fixtures selected must also be in scale with the location where they will be used. Too large or too small a fixture looks out of place and detracts from the appearance of the landscape during the day as well as at night.

Function: In evaluating whether a fixture will function properly in a specific situation, several issues should be considered. What lamp or lamps does the fixture accommodate? Will the fixture accept different wattages? How adjustable is the fixture? Can it accept accesories such as louvers where needed? Spotlights and floodlights often need to be aimed, so you’ll want to make sure there is an adjustment mechanism for the purpose.

Mechanical Features: How are the fixtures constructed? On some commercial landscapes, there is a concern about vandalism so tamperproof attachments may be necessary. Outdoor fixtures should not have sharp edges where the finish could fail and areas where water and dirt can collect and encourage corrosion. Waterproofing is important as it prevents internal corrosion of the fixture housing and damage to parts such as the socket or lamp. When a socket fails, the fixture obviously will not function. Lamps can also fail due to water exposure. Water accumulation can corrode the lamp base preventing an electrical connection. So make sure you are using fixtures designed and constructed for outdoor use. Your installer will also know how to fill any openings from wires exiting the fixture with the proper type of sealant.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this. I would like to add few to your list.

    1. Ecologically Friendly – LED Lighting Is Much More Eco-Friendly
    LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain a multitude of materials like e.g mercury that are dangerous for the environment.

    LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, and will help you to reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. The long operational life time span mentioned above means also that one LED light bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs. A big step towards a greener future!

    2. Durable Quality – LED Illumination Can Withstand Rough Conditions
    LEDs are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can withstand even the roughest conditions.

    Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough conditions and exposure to weather, wind, rain or even external vandalism, traffic related public exposure and construction or manufacturing sites.

    3. Zero UV Emissions – LED Lighting Features Close to No UV Emissions
    LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions.

    Because of this, LED lighting is highly suitable not only for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat due to the benefit of little radiated heat emission, but also for illumination of UV sensitive objects or materials such a in museums, art galleries, archeological sites etc.

    4. Operational in Extremely Cold or Hot Temperatures
    LED are ideal for operation under cold and low outdoor temperature settings. For fluorescent lamps, low temperatures may affect operation and present a challenge, but LED illumination operates well also in cold settings, such as for outdoor winter settings, freezer rooms etc.

    5. Low-Voltage – LED Lighting Can Run on Low-Voltage Power Supply
    A low-voltage power supply is sufficient for LED illumination. This makes it easy to use LED lighting also in outdoor settings, by connecting an external solar-energy source and is a big advantage when it comes to using LED technology in remote or rural areas.

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