A very popular feature in modern landscapes is decorative retaining walls. It is very important to light those walls properly to appreciate the beauty they bring to the landscape. To achieve this you need to use products that are designed to illuminate stone walls. Today we will look at all the various lighting products engineered specifically retaining wall lights.
Aside from beauty retaining wall lighting increase visibility, improve safety and security, and increase property value. Unlike typical floodlights that can create a blinding light, elegant low voltage lighting creates a warm inviting atmosphere for decks patios and screened in porches. For that cool daylight glow try 5000 kelvin LED lamps. If you want a neutral downwash of light the 3000 kelvin LED lamps are perfect. The most popular for homes is the warm 2700 kelvin candle light.
Improved safety and security is an important concern. Walking into a masonry wall could be life threatening. Having someone fall on your dark patio could start a terrible lawsuit. Architectural step lighting serves several purposes. Dark spaces around corners virtually disappear. An added bonus, outdoor lighting is a major deterrent for home break-ins.
When the time has come to sell your home the property value will have gone up two fold. We always say before you install, wire your wall. It is hard to go back and wire up a wall, after the fact, the preparation of installing all the lights will make your property much more valuable. I bet you have googled retaining wall lights and found tons of options out there. The process of weeding through all the lights can be very overwhelming. Here are the main players out there.
Integral lighting pioneered, the modern retaining wall light. This company is located in Wrightsville Pennsylvania and is a leading provider of hardscape wall lights. Integral designs their products to control glare and produce the optimum light. Well known for a simple design, basic function and ease of installation, their designs represent a combination of more than 20 years of experience. Top-of-column fixtures tend to be very obtrusive when illuminated with little glare control. Tread and riser wall light fixtures are a specialty of integral lighting. Fixtures will illuminate step applications, adding safety and security without costly installation techniques. The IL6 and IL18 are constructed with heavy-duty noncorrosive components. Each unit comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. Now, they offer the most extensive selection of led lights.
Kerr Low Voltage Lighting invented the original Paver Light. These lights are square 6 x 6 clear boxes that mount into the wall. Retrofitting a finished wall is harder with Kerr but the nice glow is popular with many. Kerr Hardscape and landscape lighting is great for upcoming outdoor projects: from patios, walkways, driveways and pool decks to wooden decks, docks and garden and retaining walls.
Based in Northern New Jersey, CAST Lighting manufactures wall lights among others in their facilities in Columbia and the United States. Their wall light is made of bronze with a flat copper bracket for easy flush mounting under capstones. The cast wall light has the ability to be adjusted in the field. It allows the designer to rotate the head up for the right effect. The fixture also has a glass shield in the front.
Hadco Lighting became a Philips brand in 2008. This company serves municipal, utility, commercial, and residential lighting markets. The Hadco line offers made to order products, but, be aware there is typically a three-week lead-time. Their circular downwash wall light is great if you want to add an art deco feel to your patio.