Lighting your driveway can be a great move. Installing lights on the edges of your driveway can help you get around it in the dark and avoid driving over flower beds or into steps.
Winter is the obvious time to think about driveway lighting, as it’s when we get the least amount of daylight. But if you invest in some quality lighting then you’ll probably find that you benefit from it the whole year round.
Powering your driveway lighting: wired or wireless?
If you’re considering getting some driveway lighting, you need to decide if you want it to be wired or wireless.
Wired lighting tends to be more powerful than wireless lighting. It’s also less hassle to maintain as you don’t need to worry about changing batteries. However, wired lighting can be quite complicated to install. You’ll probably need an electrician to help you.
Wireless driveway lighting is generally either solar- or battery-powered. It can be less powerful than mains-powered lighting, but is much easier to set up exactly where you want it. Some solar lights will only stay lit for a limited amount of time so are not ideal if you’re very dependent on them. But if you’re keen to use renewable energy or to keep your electricity bills down, solar lighting could be for you.
Styles to consider for lighting your driveway
Once you know how you’re going to power your lights, you can look at your style options.
Ground lightsGround lights are really popular as they’re unobtrusive and take up very little space. Tough or recessed ground lights are great if you want something that you can drive over. They’re pretty easy to install, but most need to be wired in.
Using spotlights is a great way to light your driveway if you want to highlight certain features. You can angle them to shine on trees, your home or certain parts of your driveway, as well as using them to mark out boundaries.
Post lights are an excellent choice if you want decorative driveway lighting. There are lots of types available, so whether you want period lanterns or sleek, minimal posts, you should be able to find the right style for you.
Once you’ve chosen your product, lighting your driveway should be fairly straightforward. Experiment with both symmetrical and asymmetrical patterns as both can look good.
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