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Lighting up the Driveway

Driveway lighting adds a different level of quality to a house in one shot. If you’re currently working on a plan for new property, then make sure that you take into consideration streetlight to be added. This is a big improvement to the overall appeal of the house and something that should not be seen as another expense on your budget. Even if the house has been finished already, still it’s possible to add driveway lights without breaking your budget. Again, it will all depend on how you would execute it.

As a matter of fact, there are many benefits of installing driveway lights and some of it are:

Better security – as for burglars, they will be less likely to make your house a target given the fact that it is well-lit.

Better use of the garden space – suddenly, big part of your garden that were unusable before will become an asset once the sunsets.

Just recently, the concept of driveway lights installation was something thought to be as a novelty. Every column was constructed normally from cast iron which is in addition to making it heavy, it is also quite expensive. The only alternative were to reinforce concrete and that is by making use of street lighting on public highways. Well, in addition to being not so appealing, it has a tendency as well to be too tall which is roughly 5 meter or above when the common domestic streetlights is around 3 to 4 meters. Then recently, plastic almost looked exactly like itself. On the other hand, with continuous improvements as well as the integration of resins and reinforcing fibers in plastic, such extrusions are well-made and remarkably strong. Because of this, it becomes possible to purchase contemporary or Victorian driveway lights for an affordable price.

The very first thing that has to be taken into account is deciding on how high the column is going to be. As much as possible, you want it to be above ground and of course, not forgetting that if the driveway is in cutting, driveway lights will be sitting on top of bank and therefore, it could look shorter. A usual column height is roughly 3 meters. In the event that your lights will be alongside footpath, then the column height only need to be 2 meters.

The next thing that has to be taken into consideration is how many lanterns or lights needed per column. In most cases, you can choose from about 1 to 6 lanterns per column. Everyone has an idea of their own on what constitutes a good taste. However, please be reminded that the more lanterns used, the more energy it will consume. The simplest arrangement here is to get a double-headed arrangement with one that points down the drive when it’s erected and the other pointing on the drive.

Last but not the least, you must decide on the kind of bulb to use on the lights. Before you come up to this point, it may be ideal to consider how you’ll use the lights. If it’s only either on occasional basis or just every evening for couple of hours, then the normal bulbs would work.

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