Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Lite Brite

Chris and I both agreed that our home needed some exterior light action. We just had different opinions of what kind of action. When I saw Chris’ plan I thought it looked like a combination of a landing strip and the Bellagio sans water fountains. 
Or this. 
Griswold House in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, via Hooked on Houses
I didn’t want the front of my house to resemble a Pink Floyd laser light show, so I intervened, and he succumbed to the pressure of a less “creative” approach to our outside lighting. 

He found a reasonably priced low voltage transformer here powering small flood lights shining on the porch area on the left side of the house.  The installation was simple after our electrician installed exterior GFCI’s at the front left and right of the house.  Chris took a chance on the transformer without reading up on it and was pleasantly surprised when he read the online reviews praising the unit he bought.   Programming it and running the wires was very straight forward--  he was done in under an hour.

The other side of the house benefits from the ample light provided by our new front porch chandelier, and I wanted the lighting to be subtle, so Chris bought an inexpensive flood with dawn/dusk sensor, from here

Both sets of lights activate on a dusk to dawn cycle—no timer programming and reprogramming based on daylight savings time!   Total investment of about $200 for front landscape lighting and added security. 

In other outdoor lighting related news, click here to check out my interview with Barn Light Electric on their blog regarding our new garage light. 

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