Eco Friendly Outdoor Lighting Options For Your Garden

Outdoor lighting makes your home safe and secure. Shadows are eliminated, and that makes it harder for criminals to hide. Walkways are illuminated, so your guests won’t hurt themselves with an unfortunate fall. However, you want to choose eco-friendly lights that are beautiful in the garden and good for the environment. Here are a few options to consider.

Let the Sun Charge It

The sun provides you with free energy, and you can put it to work for you with beautiful solar lights. Solar lights can be placed anywhere around the home, and you won’t have to run any extra wires. Appropriate for planting beds, patios, pathways and even driveways, the lights add beauty to your home at night and make it less attractive to criminals. However, they cannot be used in areas that remain shaded throughout the day. They also won’t take a full charge during periods of rain and overcast skies.

Motion Lights for Security

You don’t necessarily want the lights burning throughout the night. Solar lights may not charge sufficiently to remain illuminated throughout the night, and running regular lights that long can drive your bill up. However, motion lights are an excellent option for making the home more secure. Turning on when there is movement in the area, motion lights should ideally be used around entry doors to deter criminals while still being easy on the environment.

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LED Bulbs for Long Illumination

Invest in exterior lighting with LED bulbs to enjoy an illuminated yard throughout the evening. LED lights require a fraction of the electricity, and they can be left on all night long without raising your carbon footprint. Available in the most popular outdoor lighting fixtures, they are readily available. Hardwired with low voltage lines, they are also affordable to install. Since they aren’t dependent on the sun, they can be installed anywhere around your property including in shaded areas. Consider seeking professional advice from landscaping expert such as PPG  in Australia to make sure the light effects will fit in well with your landscaping design.

Upgrading Existing Lights

If you already have outdoor lighting, you can make what you have more energy efficient. Purchase LED bulbs to replace spotlights and other bulbs that use more energy. You won’t have to spend the money on a new fixture, but you will see a pleasant reduction in your lighting bill. LED lights are preferable to traditional incandescent and floods because they use less electricity and last much longer.

Avoid Fluorescent Bulbs

Fluorescent bulbs are popular because they take less electricity. However, they carry their own risks for the environment. These bulbs contain mercury, and just one teaspoon of this hazardous substance can contaminate a 20-acre lake. Leading to neurological damage if consumed, mercury is harmful to the environment and your family.

When you are ready to add beautiful outdoor lighting to your home, choose eco-friendly options that will help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Options like LED lights and solar options cost less money to operate and will last for years to come. However, their best feature is that they are safe for the environment and your family.

Written by Jamie Lovelock 

Jamie loves DIY at home and spends lots of time in his workshop when he’s not in the backyard. 

 

The Ease of having Polished Concrete

In today’s busy world, even a homemaker may find cleaning and organizing the home a daunting task. It’s not easy maintaining everything at home spic and span. One has, as a matter of fact, need to spend hours in cleaning…dusting, tidying, sweeping and making sure everything’s shiny.

And here, we found the best low-maintenance and greener alternative for granite and ceramic tile. It’s versatile too, polished concrete can be used not just as flooring but as countertops as well.

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There are a number of reasons more why polished concrete is becoming the choice for home and office flooring or as kitchen countertops, here’s some:

1. Reduces allergen problems. Unlike other flooring materials, polished concrete does not harbor mold, mildew, dust mites and other allergens. Wood, when it gets wet produces mildew, polished concrete when it gets wet is not only easy to dry off, it doesn’t seep in, obviously.

2. Long life expectancy. Durable. That’s what we look for in any thing that we bring into our home…especially the floors since it is the cover to what is the base of our abode. Be assured that polished concrete sustainable and long-lasting. It will not easily chip or dent as others materials would.

3. Easy maintenance. Just mild soap and water, a little wish-wash and you’re done. The surface remains clean or looking clean with very little effort. Other materials need frequent vacuuming and some stains easily, which doesn’t happen on polished concrete surfaces.

4. It’s eco-friendly. Probably the best reason why we’d love this type of flooring is it can radiate heat and store solar energy. Also, being sustainable – you can make use of the materials already present, you do not need to source out a lot of materials and this is better for the environment. And because they are long-lasting, you do not need to replace it as often as you would other flooring materials – saves you both resources and money.