Using Outdoor String Lights
Outdoor string lights can be a great option if you do not have a lot of money to invest in landscape lighting. You can purchase string lights from online stores such as Amazon and eBay. Modern decorative string lights can be used throughout the year by using lights which are white or off white in color.
There are many different styles of outdoor lighting kits that you can purchase. Try to choose a style that suits your garden and gather a few landscape lighting ideas before you buy anything. Some people prefer the look of Japanese-style string light lanterns. These units are usually made with a silhouette paper covering, and the inside of the Japanese lantern will usually have an incandescent light bulb. Make sure that you purchase extra electrical extension cords if you plan on running Japanese lanterns into the far corners of your backyard.
Putting up outdoor string lights can be a little tricky. Having a helper is the best way to complete this project as fast as possible. Even though this is a very straightforward project, having a second person will help you when it comes to performing such tasks as: unwrapping the lighting kit, checking to make sure that the lights are not tangled, act as a safety spotter, in case you need to get up on a ladder.
The cost of your outdoor lighting project will depend on several factors such as the type of lights, the length of your electrical cables, and exactly how many feet of outdoor string lights you will need to purchase. Always purchase at least 10% more likely than you think you will need.
If you do not have any easy source point for outdoor electrical power you can also choose solar lighting. Solar lights can be very useful in hard to reach areas and in places where a high intensity light is not required. Solar lighting can make significant saving on energy costs – they are free to run. Another light that can save on energy use is LED lighting, indeed for this very reason led outdoor string lights are very popular today – if a little expensive to buy. Solar light installation however is much quicker and cheaper than having to install outdoor lighting conduits, obtaining building permits, and hiring a professional electrician.