To make your outdoor lighting work at its best, you need to plan it out carefully, from choosing the right fixtures to installing the wires properly. For the lighting of pools, ponds and fountains, waterproof pond lights will give the desired effect. For illuminating walkways, offset lights will do a better job while cone lights bring out the beauty of the plants surrounding your house. If you want to conjure up a romantic mood outside, tree-mounted spotlights can replicate the effect of moonlight.

If outdoor lighting is installed properly, the lighting fixtures will last longer, generate greater effects and need little maintenance. The common practice in lighting is that, you should not place more than 100 watts on a single line. If you want to install ten 20-watt lights on one wire, make another connection to split the ten lights in half. You can reduce voltage drop by utilizing a bigger wire.

The overall appearance of your home should be the basis for your outdoor lighting. You should consider the result of your lighting fixtures from every angle and make sure they are placed appropriately and are able to illuminate and highlight the areas they are supposed to be lighting.

Grand entrances and towering porches can be accentuated with hanging fixtures. To make any entrance safe for visitors to walk through, the lighting fixtures and your door should have a reasonable distance between them and make sure they are hung high enough. Outdoor lamps and chandeliers are now being popularized by numerous modern homes to give prominence to their porches, pools and other areas. An important detail to remember when using outdoor fixtures is to always look for a safety sign on the package. This signifies the products to be safe for outdoor use.

For lighting your pathway, you can choose to illuminate only the path or you can decide to include other features surrounding it. As a general rule, if the area you want lighted is wide, you will also need a high pole. Also consider all things that come with the changing seasons. Keep the lights from places where they will be touched when covered in snow or leaves.