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Outdoor Lighting Usages

In Kansas City, outdoor lighting settings, these types of applications are becoming more common.  This is generally because of longer front walkways, which often involve multiple steps.  At night, if these steps occur at a distance from the home, there is very little light, if any, to help guests navigate the path or steps.  Outdoor lighting using a stemmed fixture or small path light can highlight these steps and create a safer, warmer approach to the home.  These same stemmed and smaller path lights are used as outdoor lighting frequently around pools.  Sometimes there is not enough lighting outdoors emitting from the home to light the areas around the pool.  So, to help make a more beautiful and safe environment, these path lights are used around the perimeter of a pool deck to highlight the border of the living space so guests don’t fall into the landscape.  Landscape lighting can also be used on garden areas or shrubs/trees around the pool.  This type of lighting outdoors is effect, is softer in the sense that there is enough light in the garden areas to light the edges of the pool deck, but the actual outdoor lighting fixture or landscape lighting fixture may be hidden from sight.  In Kansas City, outdoor lighting systems utilizing landscape lighting plans such as these usually use all of the types of fixtures.  Lighting systems like these can be added any time of the year.

Outdoor Lighting Operations

Outdoor lighting and landscape lighting operations are very simple. All of the aforementioned functions of outdoor lighting and landscape lighting operate either on a timer or photo cell or switch. Homeowners have the option of programming their outdoor lighting systems to turn on/off at any given time. The benefit to this is cost savings when using incandescent or traditional bulbs. For example, a homeowner in Kansas City would have their landscape lighting system turn on around 9pm in the summers and turn off around midnight. In the winter, this same Kansas City lighting system would turn on around 5pm until midnight. LED bulbs in outdoor lighting systems, while more expensive initially, offer landscape lighting with very low energy usage, so their utilization is becoming more popular. Many homeowners with LED bulbs in their outdoor lighting systems operate the system on a photo cell, where a light sensor turns the system on at dusk and off at dawn. Even while operating this lighting system far longer than timed system, the homeowner saves much more in energy usage with the LED outdoor lighting system. On larger systems, some homeowners prefer to have path lights and step lights turn on/off at dawn/dusk while also having a separate circuit, or grouping of lights operate on a switch. In this case, the transformer, or electric supply box for the lights is plugged into an outlet. The homeowner uses a simple light switch to turn the system on/off. The switch for this type of lighting system can be indoors or outdoors.

Safety/Security Lighting

Most homes have dark areas on the sides or back. To deter would-be burglars, outdoor lighting in these areas makes a lot of sense. These types of systems usually have fixtures mounted on the home shining down into the dark areas. Corners of homes are most commonly used as the mounting place for this kind of outdoor lighting. As law enforcement lists outdoor lighting as one of the strongest deterrents of crime, this kind of lighting makes sense. On occasion, motion-sensors are used. Although, given the high number of critters in Kansas City, lighting systems with a motion sensor are frequently turned on as rabbits, cats, opossums, and raccoons wander through the neighborhoods. It makes more sense to have these outdoor lighting fixtures turn on/off with a photocell and use LED bulbs, which are more energy-efficient and last longer.

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