THE WIRE

THE WIRE

The goals of outdoor and landscape lighting are to make a property look amazing at night. This is the artistic side of the profession. On the technical side, the proper choices in hardware and configuration must support the designer’s art. This is where hardware...
2019 TRENDS IN OUTDOOR LIGHTING

2019 TRENDS IN OUTDOOR LIGHTING

2018 has been an interesting and active year in outdoor and landscape lighting. As its days dwindle to a precious few, let’s pause and highlight some of the year’s top outdoor lighting trends.  Path lighting, if you will, to next year. The standout markers of 2018...
HARDSCAPE LIGHTING

HARDSCAPE LIGHTING

  HARDSCAPE AND SOFTSCAPE Outdoor living spaces have two basic ingredients: softscape and hardscape. Softscape is all that’s alive and growing. Trees, shrubs, lawns, flowers, succulents, and so forth. Hardscape is pretty much everything else. It’s not living....
SELECTING TRANSFORMERS

SELECTING TRANSFORMERS

WHAT IS A TRANSFORMER? A transformer is a box which takes in electricity at X volts and puts out electricity at Y volts.   In fact, by the laws of physics voltage isn’t the only thing a transformer changes. In brief, when voltage is stepped down, current steps...
OUTDOOR  LIGHTING FIXTURES GUIDE

OUTDOOR LIGHTING FIXTURES GUIDE

  OUTDOOR LIGHTING FIXTURES Guides to outdoor and landscape lighting usually suggest specific design uses for the various types of fixtures. Readers, however, aren’t always familiar with the trade lexicon. Let’s go over the outdoor lighting fixtures menu and shed...
LANDSCAPE LIGHTING POWER COSTS

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING POWER COSTS

Landscape lighting systems consume electrical power.  And alas, electrical power costs money. Therefore, unless money is no object, it’s reasonable to ask how much it costs to power a landscape lighting system. Obviously, any homeowner thinking of having a system put...