Here’s What’s New in Outdoor Path Lights
Path lights not only help guide you along an outdoor walkway, but can be used to highlight features of your home, garden or landscaping. Whether simple or elaborate, garden path lights can also help with safety and home security. Here's a look at what's new in outdoor path lights.
Garden Path Lights: Solar or Low Voltage?
When it comes to garden path lights, two popular options are solar and low voltage. The main benefit of solar lights is that they are inexpensive. Low voltage garden path lights come in a variety of trendy styles and may be a good choice for those looking for a distinct look. Low-voltage garden path lights will cost you a bit more than solar but they don’t rely on the sun to work properly.
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Highlight Your Garden
With more people gardening, one trend in path lighting is to highlight all that hard work. This Minneapolis rose garden is illuminated with LED garden path lights. When looking for garden path lights to highlight a garden or flower bed, look for lights between 18 to 24 inches tall.
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Trendy bollard lights are most often used along a path or walkway to direct people. These garden path lights from SLV Lighting are made with a type of steel coating that, when combined with weather conditions, creates a controlled rust layer on the surface which protects the fixture from further corrosion.
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Use Lights on a Wall or Fence
In the coming years, you’ll see more garden path lights installed in the side of a wall alongside a path. You can also attach lights to a fence for a similar look. Just make sure the lights are installed at a proper height for path lights—no more than 24 inches off the ground.
If you don’t want your light fixtures noticeable during daylight hours, one trend is to disguise them. You can easily do this by placing some rocks or some colorful plants around the fixture, allowing it to still emit light during the evening. This also helps if your light is too bright and you need to cut down on brightness.