The Most Common Questions about Path Lights
Why should you use path lights?
Path lights are specially designed for outdoor use. They allow you to skilfully highlight certain property, and garden, areas in the dark. This creates an atmospheric ambience. At the same time, path lights are particularly useful when it comes to finding a safe and well-lit way to your door. In addition, these lamps are definitely a great eye-catcher. They come in many interesting designs, shapes and sizes. Whether nostalgic or modern, path lights enrich every property area.
What types of path lights are available?
The market offers a wide variety of path lights. Here is a quick overview of the different variations available:
- The ground spots as orientation lights that are installed in the ground,
- The lamp posts, which are mounted on bases and have a moderately low height,
- The bollards, the very slender and half-high street lights,
- The pole lights, the high outdoor lights,
- The candelabra, the multi-lamp lights, mostly in a nostalgic look,
- The ball lights, which are mainly mounted on the ground for decorative purposes,
- The solar lights that receive their energy from sunlight.
How should path lights be arranged in the garden?
Path lights are primarily used to carefully illuminate dark areas. For this reason, first of all potential danger spots must be identified. Ask yourself which paths are steep or uneven. Are there any areas with steps in your garden? In addition to the illumination of danger spots, the aesthetics also play an important role. The distance between the individual path lights should be uniform if possible. A similar appearance also ensures a pleasing look. You should always stick with one type of lighting. Alternatively, single path lights can also create an attractive eye-catching look.
How are path lights switched on?
Path lights can be operated in different ways. Quite popular is a ‘twilight switch’, a special light sensor that automatically turns on the lighting in the garden when it becomes dark. Also very handy is a motion detector, which always turns on the lights when people and animals are on the way. If the path to be illuminated for a longer period of time, an offset circuit with motion detectors can also be quite helpful. Otherwise, path lights can be operated manually via a switch or via a timer.
How are path lights secured and installed?
Many smaller path lights have only a spike as a holder. The electric cable is usually laid above ground. Heavier path lights require a stable foundation or base. The feet, or stand, of these lamps can then be securely screwed. Depending on the model, concreting may be required. Of course, these fixed installations also require clean power cabling.