How to Illuminate Your Home with Landscape Lighting

Homeowners use landscape lighting to illuminate homes and garden areas for a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s used for security to remove dark areas where intruders could hide. Often it is done to create a soft and pleasant feel or romantic mood to your home and surrounding areas. It can be used to identify pathways, set boundaries and highlight features such as water fountains, ponds or architectural designs. Whatever reason you require landscape lighting contact your local electrician in Currumbin to ensure it’s installed safely and legally.

In order to decide what types of landscape lighting you’ll need, you need to consider the effect you wish to create and lighting purposes. Sketch out a map of your property showing all its features such as buildings, pathways, drives, outdoor seating, gardens, bushes, trees and other vegetation. You should estimate the height of each feature and note whether it is likely to absorb or reflect light.

Placing your landscape lighting

There are a variety of different types of landscape lighting options, some people use high powered bulbs that need to be wired in permanently and must be installed by a licensed and qualified electrician. Your electrician can advise you on the most cost effective lighting available and the different types including solar and 220 volt mains wired options.

Using solar powered lighting has several advantages, it can easily be moved as your requirements change and vegetation grows. As solar lights rely on sunlight to operate, they must be placed in an area where the sun’s rays can reach them enough to charge them daily or be connected to a solar panel.

If you wish to illuminate a specific feature then you need to match the type of lighting to it. A good example is using a pole and an old fashioned lamp type light to highlight a park seat along a garden path. Often using soft lights under bushes and shrubs can provide a warm glow while highlighting a pathway so it’s easy to follow and anyone using it will be seen.

Use small, low wattage lights spaced evenly along each side of the pathway to provide soft spot lighting for safety and comfort as well as creating a pleasant visual effect. Using blue tinted light helps to create a moonlight effect which often appears more natural.

Highlighting a single object or scene such as a water feature, a statue, gate or archway can benefit from using spotlights as architectural designs that give your home character and charm. Usually, having a series of lights aimed from different directions and angles with lower intensity bulbs will avoid the harsh shadow effect often found with single spotlights.

The most expensive type of outdoor lighting is a 220 volt mains power system which must be installed by a qualified electrician in Currumbin.

A 12 volt system requires a transformer, while solar systems care often cheaper to install and are free to operate.

Landscape lighting around your home can help to provide security from intruders at the same time as welcoming friends and guests because of the warm friendly atmosphere it helps to create. Your local electrician in Currumbin is experienced with installing all types of lighting so call them for friendly advice and a quote.

What are underground outlets and are they safe?

All electrical installations in Queensland must be carried out by a fully registered and fully qualified electrician. It is illegal for anyone to do any electrical repairs unless they are licensed. You can find a suitable Electrician on the Gold Coast by doing a Google search for one in your area.

Underground power outlets, wiring and lighting are potentially very dangerous and need to be installed and serviced by a competent and well trained electrician who is licensed to do this type of specialised work.

All the fittings use in outside work must have the right weatherproof ratings as most of the extra regulations relating to outside electrical installations relate to waterproofing and insulation.

When planning on installing outdoor power consult your local Electrician on the Gold Coast about all aspects involved, they will be able to advise you on:

  • The requirements when building a swimming pool, regarding lighting, and power for filters and pumps
  • The proximity of existing power equipment to a new swimming pool
  • Advise about your existing home electrical equipment and switchboards as to whether is adequate to cope with any extra loads you may need
  • Installation of solar power panels, battery storage banks and inverters to 210 volt power
  • The use of sensible extra low voltage cable lighting, (12 volt) coupled with extra PVC protection for direct underground installation powered by an in-house transformer.
  • Using 12 volt and solar pumps for ponds and water features
  • Solar powered outdoor lighting
  • Permanently wired electrical fittings to eliminate in-ground outlets
  • All outdoor switches and fittings to a minimum of a IP67 rating (Min govt regulation)
  • Outdoor light fittings and switches should all be weatherproofed to comply with at least a standard IP67 rating
  • Seek advice on relocating or locating all electrical power points, light switches and other fittings to fully comply with all the AS/NZ 3000 Wiring regulations and rules
  • Demand safety switch protection and moisture prevention and penetration measures on all your electrical equipment as well as earth bonding of all ,metal work within these areas especially around ponds or swimming pools
  • It is important to ensure that all of the protective and waterproof covers that have been provided for electrical equipment are always kept in place and the seals remain intact. They should only be serviced by your electrician

All outdoor devices such as burglar alarms, security lighting, security cameras, vibration and heat sensor all need to be installed by a qualified and experienced electrician on the Gold Coast

All your outdoor entertainment equipment such as projectors, video, electric radios, televisions, PA systems, BBQ’s, pool side bars and other appliances must be connected to power points that have adequate safety protection and are fully grounded while being kept well away from wet environments.

Underground power outlets are connections used outside the home to connect various appliances safely to their required power source. They are completely safe if they have been installed according to the AU/NZ safety requirements by a qualified and licensed Electrician and checked by the local electrical inspectors.