Outdoor Lighting

Enhance Your Outdoor Lighting with FX Luminaire’s Luxor System, Now Available in PA

Enhance Your Outdoor Lighting with FX Luminaire’s Luxor System, Now Available in PA

As of January 2019, we are extremely proud to now offer FX Luminaire lighting as one of our lighting brands. FX Luminaire offers a vast variety of lighting fixtures, including uplights, downlights, underwater, and specialty lights. One feature that amplifies the thrill of their outdoor lighting and optimizes its convenience is the comprehensive Wi-Fi control enabled by the Luxor App.

How to Maintain Your Client’s Outdoor Lighting in the Winter in State College, PA

How to Maintain Your Client’s Outdoor Lighting in the Winter in State College, PA

Outdoor lighting is such an important element of your clients’ State College, PA, landscapes that it deserves special attention for where it’s placed and how it looks in the evening hours. But it also requires attention for another reason too—how it will be maintained during the winter season.

Improve Your Client's Night Time Outdoor Living Experience with Accent Lights in York, PA

Improve Your Client's Night Time Outdoor Living Experience with Accent Lights in York, PA

Your landscape design deserves to be admired not only during the day but at night too. For homeowners in York, PA, you can expand their outdoor living by adding accent lighting to their landscape. It’ll provide them with evening access to the great outdoors, spotlight the best features of their landscape design, and give them a way to control the mood when they’re just relaxing or throwing a party.

Outdoor Kitchen Trends to Look for Next Year (2019)

Outdoor Kitchen Trends to Look for Next Year (2019)

While your exterior construction work is probably slowing down for the winter, fall is an excellent time to start planning for spring projects. If your State College, PA, clients are interested in adding an outdoor kitchen in the New Year, why not start the design process now? Ensure your designs look fresh by incorporating these outdoor kitchen trends for 2019.

4 Tips for Taking Your Client's Fall Outdoor Living Experience to the Next Level in Lancaster, PA

4 Tips for Taking Your Client's Fall Outdoor Living Experience to the Next Level in Lancaster, PA

For many, fall is a favorite time of the year when the weather cools off, the scenery brightens up, and pumpkin everything is in season. In Lancaster, PA, it’s also a fantastic time for being outdoors, and your clients’ landscapes should be ready for it. Here are some great tips for making sure they have what they need to fully enjoy outdoor living this fall.

Get Your Client's Backyard Ready for Fall with a Proper Outdoor Lighting System in Lancaster, PA

Get Your Client's Backyard Ready for Fall with a Proper Outdoor Lighting System in Lancaster, PA

Fall is a perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and the last of the outdoor season in Lancaster, PA. Having an outdoor lighting system installed is a must-do for making the most use of outdoor living areas. Why limit the fun to the day time hours? Properly installed outdoor lighting provides the ability for nighttime entertaining, safer walkways, and a more secure home overall as a well-lit home deters potential intruders.

Downlighting vs. Uplighting: How to Select the Right Outdoor Lighting Fixture

Downlighting vs. Uplighting: How to Select the Right Outdoor Lighting Fixture

Modern landscaping has transformed the use of outdoor lighting from a functional necessity into a form of artistry. Creating a dynamic “nightscape” in Lancaster, PA, backyards requires fixtures of various intensities installed at different heights and angles. Two of the most basic and widely used lighting techniques are downlighting and uplighting. Despite their apparent simplicity, these techniques are incredibly versatile and can be used to achieve a wide range of visual effects. Read on to discover whether downlighting or uplighting will be best suited to your next project.  

Improve Your Landscape Project with Beautiful Path Lighting from Our Garden Supply Store in the York, PA, Area

Improve Your Landscape Project with Beautiful Path Lighting from Our Garden Supply Store in the York, PA, Area

When installed properly, path lighting can give a fairy-tale touch to your landscape project in York, PA, area. It can perfectly illuminate the path to a home, patio, or garden while enhancing the tranquility and beauty of the landscape. Not only does path lighting look gorgeous, but it also gently guides visitors to their desired destination. Setting up practical yet memorable path lighting is made easier with our tips and range of products at our garden supply store.

Highlight a Home's Exterior with Wall Grazing Outdoor Lighting Techniques in Harrisburg, PA

Highlight a Home's Exterior with Wall Grazing Outdoor Lighting Techniques in Harrisburg, PA

Proper lighting is an integral part of making any Harrisburg, PA, home stand out. While there is a wide variety of lighting techniques and fixtures that can accomplish this, nothing quite highlights the facade of a home as well as the technique of wall grazing. 

Low Voltage or Line Voltage Lighting?

If you are thinking about installing outdoor lighting, one of the first questions you will face will be whether you should install a 120 Volt system (“Line Voltage”), or go with a 12 Volt system (“Low Voltage”)  Here are some things to consider when making your choice…

·Safety Working with a 12V system is much safer than working with 120V.  In most municipalities, a licensed electrician is required to make all 120V connections.  With 12V, it is safe to make the connections yourself. ·Installation 120V systems require that the wires be installed deeper in the ground and enclosed in conduit.  Fixtures are commonly mounted in electrical boxes. Most municipalities require permits for installation, and inspections by local building officials.  Low voltage systems can be self-installed, require fewer specialized tools, and require less effort to install.  Fixtures are typically mounted without electrical boxes and wire does not need to be enclosed in conduit.

·Flexibility When plants grow in the landscape, or they get rearranged, it is easier to move 12V fixtures than 120V fixtures.  Normally, fixtures can simply be pulled out of the ground and repositioned without compromising the electrical connection.  With 120V system, conduits and electrical mounting boxes need to be dug up and reworked to move a fixture.

·Cost Savings Low voltage systems typically do not require permits, electricians, and inspections.  Wires are not buried as deeply or enclosed in conduit.  Low voltage systems are more energy efficient than line voltage systems.  Typically, low voltage systems use 20-40% less electricity than 120V, or up to 90% less electricity if using 12V LEDs.  Low voltage systems do require the addition of a transformer, but this cost is offset by the additional saving in materials and electricity. So, which to use?  There are applications where 120V might be a better choice than 12V.  One example of this is a commercial application where fixtures will likely never move.  Another would be on an installation with extremely long wire runs where voltage drop will become a factor.  If you are thinking about installing landscape lighting at your home, however, chances are that low voltage will be a better choice.  If you are still unsure if low voltage would be right for your application, please feel free to contact me at Chris@WatsonSupplyInc.com  I’d be glad to review your project with you.