Using fiber optic landscape lighting has many benefits. This kind of lighting does not require additional electric outlets or wiring, and it comes with an affordable price as well. Fiber optic lights can be used to beautify a garden as well as illumine a pathway in your home leading to your garage to serve as a guide when you come home at night. They can be placed strategically in spots in between shrubs and on lawns to add allure and glitter to your front or back yard on dark evenings. These fixtures are very easy and safe to use and can be installed readily even without the help of a technician.
In buying fiber optic landscape lighting, careful planning is needed. Here are suggestions that you can follow:
- Sketch a plan and identify the parts that need some degree of lighting and illumination in your garden. Label these parts and mark them with translucent colored pen markers to help you visualize the effect when installation is made. Hang the sketch on a wall and examine closely if you were able to saturate the areas that need illumination.
- Based on your diagram, count how many fiber optic landscape lights are needed to complete the lay out. Consider also the size of the lights you are going to buy. Be sure that the size of each fiber optic light is proportionate with the surrounding plants. If your garden is planted with tall trees and shrubs, you need to buy fiber optic lights with some height so they will not get dwarfed by the shrubbery in your lawn. Of course you can buy fiber optic lights in graduated heights and sizes depending on where you will situate them.
- If you will use the fiber optic lights to illuminate a pathway, choose uniform sized items to create a visual impact of continuing flow from start to end of the whole stretch. The same rule applies when you plan to illuminate lines of flower beds and flower patches.
- Don’t forget to include one central piece of fiber optic light in your purchase. This item must be larger than the others and prominently placed in a corner or in the middle surrounded by smaller pieces of fiber optic lights. If there are several groups of fiber optic lights scattered in clusters along the lawn, then you should buy one central piece for each cluster.
- Determine the length of the fiber optic cable you need by measuring the point where you will position your illuminator to the various points where your fiber optic lights will be planted.
- In order to cut down on costs, it is wise that you buy long fiber optic cables and fewer illuminators than buying shorter fiber optic cables and more illuminators. The rule is for fiber optic cables to be placed at least 40 feet away from illuminators to deliver constant lighting supply in the area. In any case, this also depends on the layout of your illumination plan. If the lights are near each other then shorter cables are more ideal.
- The fiber optic cables are important because they relay illumination from the source to the fiber optic lights. Make sure you buy cables several inches longer than the actual measurement.
Fiber optic landscape lighting is one way of cutting down on power consumption. Their light may be subdued, but nonetheless they are able to illuminate dark surroundings.