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Types of Outdoor Garden Lighting


garden-light Summary:There are many types and styles of outdoor lighting. Consider these different types of light fixtures when planning your outdoor home lighting project.


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Functional Lighting is used when you need to illuminate an area for safety or functionality, not to add to your decor.

This type of outdoor lighting includes barn lights, floodlights and lighting for recreational purposes. Security Lighting includes motion detectors, path lights, tier lights and floodlights.

Security lights are useful for deterring intruders and making it safer to walk on your property.

Wall-Mounted Lights are decorative lights that are perfect for lighting up the areas around doorways, or for providing an accent around windows. Post-Mounted Lights are available in 120 volt or low-voltage. They either cap or mount to the sides of posts, making them perfect for lighting your stars and pathways or the edges of your deck or patio. Landscape Lighting is typically placed along walkways, in gardens, and among trees and bushes. Landscape lights enhance appearance, create different effects, and prevent tripping.


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Adding a Flood Light to the Front Yard

Ginny asks:
I bought a Lutec floodlight model 6609201118 for my yard. The manual tells me that I can’t plug it in to a dusk to dawn timer or a dimmer switch. It also says to use a standard junction box – what does that mean?
The mfg. people have no answers for me, and I don’t know what kind of the automatic timer this is talking about If this function was to on/off the electricity, then it will be OK. Thanks a lot?
Can you clarify for me? Thanks!

Additional Comments: This is great! I never thought I’d get any headway and would have to send the light back. Should be a simple setup, I thought.

This electrical wiring question came from Ginny in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Dave’s Reply:

Ginny, from what you have described and looking at the photo, the Lutec floodlight may be plugged into a weather proof outdoor outlet box that has a weather proof cover which will protect the cord plug from water and moisture.

Note: Outdoor lights such as this should be connected to a GFCI protected circuit or GFCI outlet.




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