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Light It Up, Landscaper

A little mowing, a bit of trimming, a smidgen of edging and a pinch of raking go a long way, but all that stuff (quite literally) stands in the shadow of artful <a title="Landscape Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/landscape-lights_18802.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">landscape lighting</a>. Think of it like this: unlike in your home, where lighting is usually a practical utility before anything else, your yard is a place where you can play with light. You can sculpt it, shape it and shift it to create a specific mood for the property. An introvert might broadcast his mood with a battery of motion-activated <a title="Security Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/security-lights_430.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">security lights</a>, while the social type will probably prefer <a title="String Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/string-lights_567.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">string lights</a> in the trees and inviting <a title="Pathway Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/pathway-lighting_1314.html" target="_blank">pathway lighting</a>. There are actually several fancy words to describe all the different effects you can create with outdoor lighting, like "shadowing," "cross lighting" and "silhouetting," and it can be a lot of fun getting the hang of the lingo and planning a dynamic landscape light show. The options are nearly limitless (e.g., model airplane runway), but only if you plan ahead when it comes to your power source. If you're not planning on using <a title="Solar-Powered Pathway Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/solar-landscape-lights_1317.html" target="_blank">solar-powered outdoor lights</a> then you're going to need a transformer to run your lighting operation. Some people have visions of extension cords when they start thinking of outdoor lighting, but those are really nightmares in disguise. Extension cords and outdoor lights - ground lights, anyway - go together like flip-flops and funerals. Think of your <a title="Outdoor Transformers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor-transformers_1323.html" target="_blank">transformer</a>, which will often be powered by an outdoor GFI outlet, as a heart that pumps electricity through a main artery and several small veins (called "runs"), at the ends of which are your outdoor lights. The more runs you have, the more power you'll need due to more electricity consumption from multiple lights and an effect called "volt drop" as the power travels through the cables. For example, if you have a 600-watt transformer and plan on powering several lights located far away from it you'll have to take into account the distance as well as how much wattage each individual light needs. It sounds complicated, but electrical wizards and Internet installation gurus make it pretty easy for anyone who wants to roll up their sleeves. Of course, if you'd just prefer to pick out the lights you can do that, too! We have an incredible selection of outdoor lights and everything you need to complete the installation of your dream lighting landscape - even if it is a miniature airport.
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