Post lanterns are popping up all over the place. And with the new styles you can ad curb appeal while you welcome your guests. Finding styles to match your home's architectural design should be easy. Outdoor lighting has come a long way, since the simple lights of 20 years ago. There are so many styles available some even have matching wall lanterns and landscape lights.
Creating an exciting approach to your home is only one benefit of installing a post light. Another is the extra safety and security that adequate outdoor lighting provides. For instance, having a well lit driveway and sidewalk allows you to see who is coming and who is going. They are inexpensive, very effective and definitely a worthwhile investment.
It is important to take extra time when planning the layout of your lighting. Look for areas that have obstacles that should be well lit. Think about paths and areas you would like to illuminate. Arrange your lighting to give your yard a larger appearance or set an intimate mood. Keep in mind you will get plenty of light without shining directly on you or the area you entertaining in.
Now it is time to start digging.
Once you have determined the location for the post first consider where the electricity will come from. Running wire from an existing circuit saves a lot of time. Secondly, when you bury the line underground use exterior grade wire and approved PVC conduit. This will protect your lines from water, lawn mowers or a shovel. Once you reach your desired depth, fill it with concrete and set the post.
While the concrete is setting there are a few odds and ends to tie up. The wiring that is fed through a hole should be sealed with duct seal foam or caulk. Also, fill the wire trench and reseed to maintain the look of your lawn.
After double checking the power is off and the concrete is set, we are ready to wire. Some lights have an easy hanger system, making the installation safe and easy. Simply attach the hanger to the mounting strap to avoid breaking the glass. The metal strap also allows you to free both hands so you can work on the wiring.
After securing the light with a few screws it is time to test the bulb. When choosing a bulb for your fixture make sure you never exceed the wattage recommended for that fixture. You also have a couple of options some people like a decorative bulb and others like to use energy saving bulbs. This simple project will add elegant safety and protection to the front of your home.