When it comes to outdoor lighting, the porch light is just the beginning - with the new low-voltage and security fixtures available, any homeowner can make a statement with light.
When you're shopping for the right style for your home, keep in mind that outdoor wiring must always be grounded , and the fixtures should be rated as "water- resistant/UL approved for outdoor use." Also remember that lighting rated for indoor use should never be used outdoors.
Guidelines for landscape lighting
The American Lighting Association recommends following these rules:
Low-voltage lighting kits
Low-voltage outdoor lighting is popping in neighborhoods all over the Midwest - it's inexpensive, easy to install and makes any landscape more attractive. And because it's low voltage, it's safe and energy-efficient.
Pre-packaged kits are the most convenient way to purchase low-voltage lighting - they come with the transformer, cables and all the fixtures you need. The kits range in price from $15 to more than $100, depending on the number of fixtures and the type of material used.
And for even better energy savings, solar-powered fixtures are also available. They are more expensive - about $10 a fixture - but they're no-maintenance and environmentally friendly. Keep in mind that solar fixture require direct sunlight to recharge the photocells during the day.