When choosing landscape lighting many
choices of lighting exist to help you accomplish your desired look or simply the
main purpose: security and safety. To decide where the landscape lighting
fixtures need to be organized you must choose at least two points of attention
in order to focus the luminosity in those points. It makes it easier and more
attractive so see and it becomes the center piece of your landscape.
The rest of the landscape lighting will
have to be set out around your central site. To illuminate walls, pazebos or
garden ponds your best choice will be floodlighting since it is the best way to
light up a broad assortment of features. Furthermore, to illuminate paths or
driveways to assure excellent visibility path lighting is the type of landscape
lighting that you require.
There are 5 types of landscape lighting
that can help you with your selection of fixtures.
The first one is the Area fixture (AL).
This fixture is an indirect light source having a large distribution of light on
the ground or surface. This fixture is commonly used for driveways, isolated
planters or perimeter illumination.
The second one is a Directional fixture
(DL). This fixture projects light into a given direction that has aiming
capabilities. Usually the DL fixture is used for flood lighting (signs, walls,
hedges and security) and spot lighting flag poles, palm trees or statuary
The next landscape lighting fixture is the
Compact Fluorescent (FFL). This is a soft, extremely wide angled light source
used for flood or general lighting. It offers extremely effectiveness and
exceptional lamp life.
A Path fixture (PL) is an indirect light
source outputting a smaller allocation of light (compared to area lighting).
This landscape lighting is normally used for small alleyways or doorways, potted
plants or planters and anywhere you need safe transition to and from an area.
Finally you will find the Specialty
fixtures (SL). These fixtures are used for special installations, including
hanging, surface underwater and step/brick lighting.