Coming home at night to a dark exterior can be dangerous. With custom fabricated external lighting fixtures, you can light up your driveway and pathways and your gardens while emphasizing the architecture of your home’s exterior and landscaping. While you have many options available, it’s important to consider the jobs you want your outdoor lights to perform.
Floodlights and security lights work well to deter unwanted visitors, or to flood an area with a strong direct light to show a walkway to your front door. Ornamental garden lights accent your shrubs, borders and trees with a gentle, bathing light. Patio lights and deck lighting must do both jobs: Being functional as well as brightly illuminating across a defined, hard surface. ‘Fairy lights’ (outdoor string lights) are also available as a decorative multi-colored pin lighting.
While thinking about which tasks you want your outdoor lighting to perform, consider what type of bulb you need to do that job. Solar lights are a popular option that are both eco friendly and will help reduce the cost of keeping your yards and gardens lit up. If you are thinking of using a timer, halogen bulbs are the best choice, and will cost you less in initial setup. Although a more upmarket choice, LED lighting may be more expensive as an initial buy but, over time, will prove less expensive than regular halogen bulbs with its energy-saving benefits.
When shopping for exterior lighting, avoid fixtures manufactured from PVC and other composite materials. These suffer from wear and tear faster than other materials. Always look for powder- or marine-coated aluminum that offer a working life of at least 5 years. Solid brass, copper and bronze fixtures can last indefinitely, though these materials may develop a patina over time that will alter their appearance. Think of the metallic roof finishing you have installed as a match, or a contrast, to the lighting that will be visible outside your business or residence.
Obviously, high-quality construction exterior light fixtures will better your chances that they will hold up over time. Consumer Reports recommends sticking with fixtures such as welded, soldered or riveted joints. Avoid ‘easy to achieve’ assemblies, such as pressed-kit, or twist lock kits because they will definitely have a shorter life than the construction methods noted above. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests fixtures that are designed specifically not to retain or collect water on top, as well as ones that feature protected optical chambers, meaning they stay clean and free of debris.
Protection from Ingress
Most exterior lighting fixtures list an ingress protection rating within the product specification. IP ratings reveal how effectively the fixture blocks dust and moisture from entering, and the higher the IP rating, the better the fixture is likely to hold up over time. Look for an ‘IP’ number followed by two digits. The first number ranges from 0 to 6 and reveals how readily the fixture resists dust, and the second shows how it resists moisture, and ranges from 0 to 8.
Nashville Outdoor Lighting Experts
Antebellum Roofworks Co Inc fabricates all popular styles that work perfectly for their specific tasks, in the best and hardest working finishes for the longest possible life under all weather conditions. Our product line includes everything from landscape lighting to custom fabrication of post lights, lanterns, step lights, and path lights. Call us today at (615) 794-9111 or fill out our contact form today for a free quote or to get started.