Although underestimated at the office or any other type of building where there is vehicle traffic at any given time, driveway lighting is quite possibly one of the important, if not the most important form of lighting that should be installed and maintained.
Driveway lighting is basically what you use to illuminate your way as you back out or into your garage or parking space. Even though its primary use is meant for night time when vision is impaired by the dark, it can also be used during such times as when you have a heavy rainstorm, snowstorm or foggy weather which also impair vision.
Other than serving a functional purpose as both a lighting and security device, driveway lighting can also be used as part of exterior decor which adds to the beauty of the exterior appearance of the building. This is especially so since modern fashion and style extends to the physical designs of the bulbs, their frames, shade and various ways in which they can be installed. For example, we have driveway lighting that can be installed on high poles, on walls and even some that goes right into the ground or pavement and sticks out a little bit the same way a reflective “cat’s eye” would stick out on the highway.
When looking for driveway lighting, you must evaluate a few very important factors so you can ensure you get the right type of lighting and also ensure you have it installed the proper way. A couple of the main points to consider are:
- What size is your driveway? – You must look at the size of the intended driveway to be able to pick the right size and quantity of lights. This way, you will avoid a scenario where you buy small lights for a very large/long driveway which means you have to buy a larger number of them to cover the entire area than would have originally be necessary.
- To save on electricity bills, pick low voltage lighting – This means investing on power saving bulbs or even looking into solar powered lighting. Driveway lighting which is also used as part of security lighting needs to be on for long hours on end. Possible throughout the night and sometimes longer if the need arises due to fog or heavy snow/rainstorms which impede visibility. Remember that efficiency doesn’t necessarily need to cost more.
- Pick driveway lighting that is low maintenance and durable – Since you won’t be changing and altering your driveway lighting every day, you need to pick something which can run for long periods without you having to tinkle with it on the regular. This saves on time and also ensures that even when you do have to work on your driveway lighting, it isn’t something too complicated that needs a professional to even do small tasks such as changing a bulb or something of the sort.
- Consider what purpose you want your driveway lighting to serve – If you want it to be both functional and stylish, you should go for something fancy from the get go. No one needs to install something now then change it later. Proper preparation means you save on time and money by purchasing and installing exactly what you want, where you want it.
After you have gone through the proper steps and purchased exactly what you need, the installation depends largely on whether you prefer to do it yourself or call in a professional. The installation is a crucial stage that should be treated with utmost care to ensure everything is set properly and the final setup is both pleasing to the eye and serves its intended purpose which is to illuminate your driveway.