With both lighting types, you can:
• Light deck railings and stairs
• Define the patio perimeter
• Illuminate the edges of paths and walkways
• Draw attention to a planter or tree
Other fixtures light up dining tables, grill surfaces, and even underwater in swimming pools.
Low-voltage fixtures clip onto a safe, 12-volt cable connected to a transformer, which plugs into a GFCI-protected 120-volt electrical outlet. A timer or light-sensitive control automatically turns lights on and off.
A low-voltage lighting kit with eight LED stainless steel fixtures, 50 feet of cable, and a transformer starts at $60. Individual low-voltage fixtures range in price from $7 for a simple poly-resin fixture up to about $150 for architectural-grade, cast-brass models.
Solar outdoor lighting fixtures don’t need cables and transformers. They simply turn themselves on automatically after dark. Each stand-alone fixture stakes into the ground or secures to a deck or exterior surface. You’ll save energy, as a sunlight-charged battery powers the bulb.
The downside to solar fixtures is a dimmer glow than low-voltage fixtures, and fewer lighting hours – many solar fixtures run out of stored energy after 4-5 hours on the job. Cloudy days also reduce power.
A four-pack of solar light fixtures that mount on top of deck posts starts at about $30. Or, check out a cast-aluminum solar lantern for about $60.
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By Kim Buish
As a home buyer it may be easy for you to know what you want when it comes to buying a Houston home or sale but how do you know that you’re buying a home in the right Houston Texas Neighborhood?
In today’s post I will breakdown four simple clues that will let you know you’re buying a home in the right Houston neighborhood.
Clue #1 – You’re Excited about the Neighborhood
Spend 10 minutes walking around the neighborhood.
If you’re excited about the neighborhood, and can see yourself and your family living there for years to come, then it’s going to be the right Houston Texas Neighborhood for you.
Clue #2 - The Neighborhood Meets Your Image of What a Neighborhood “Should” Be
Does the neighborhood having children playing outside?
Are the neighbors showing pride of ownership in their homes?
Is there a neighborhood park nearby?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then the neighborhood is going to be perfect for your family.
Everyone has a mental image of what a neighborhood “should be” in their minds, and if you’re honest with yourself about what you’re really looking for in a neighborhood, you will find the exact Houston Texas Neighborhood you’re searching for.
Clue #3 – You’ve Found the Neighbors to Be Friendly
Besides taking the time to tour the neighborhood you should also spend time talking with the neighbors there too.
Although it’s not a deal breaker, friendly neighbors really make a neighborhood livable and you want to make sure that you can walk away feeling optimistic and happy about the people you will be sharing the same neighborhood with.
Clue #4 – The House Is Close To Everything
Last of all, but most important, when the neighborhood meets your criteria and specifications for a neighborhood, the next thing to do when analyzing the neighborhood is to see how close it is to everything.
Will you future home be close to your job, work, stores and entertainment options in Houston?
Make sure that you can answer yes to at least some of these questions since the distance of your home from the places that you need to use or commute to on a daily basis will affect the quality of your life.
For more tips on if you’ve found the right Houston Texas Neighborhood, or to search for homes for sale, contact me, Kim Buish, Realtor ® with Red Door Realty & Associates by calling me at (713} 819-1642.