What You Should Look for in Path Lighting
Now that you have an idea about your options, let’s delve into the topic further with some tips and information about making the best pathway lighting choice to increase visibility, prevent accidents, and add a welcoming feeling to your home’s outdoors.
When searching for outdoor lighting, you’ll find items that use electricity, batteries, or solar power.
With electricity, the advantage is reliability. You can set electric lights up so that a flip of the switch illuminates your walkway, or they can be set up on a timer. This is the best option for seniors who know they have poor eyesight and will need lights to illuminate their walkways or stairs every night. Battery-powered or solar lighting can be less reliable and could leave a senior inconveniently without lighting at any given moment.
Therefore, electric lights give you an added benefit of safety, as long as you can ensure that the cord attached to the lights are out of the way and won’t cause any trips.
Battery-powered products offer a convenient and often economical solution. Path lighting with lithium batteries also last longer than you may think, too, so they’re a great option if you’re comfortable with having to change the batteries from time to time. To get the most value out of them, you’ll need to keep spares at home.
Finally, many people think that solar is the only way to go. With solar-powered bulbs, you don’t need to fuss with changing batteries or bother with having extras, and you also don’t need to bother with the cords or switches that come with electrical lighting. However, these lights have one glaring disadvantage. If you live north of the 37th parallel, you’ll likely find that the amount and angle of sunlight diminish significantly during the fall and winter, and these lights won’t work as well during rainy or overcast days. Therefore, these may not be the best option for seniors with very poor eyesight or who need to rely on lights to enter their home at night.
You’ll find products with either LEDs or incandescent bulbs. The advantage with the former is that they’ll last longer. However, we also consider the temperature of the light. Incandescent bulbs will usually provide a warmer glow that adds to the environment, while LED lights tend to be brighter and better for visibility.
We recommend LED lights for seniors with poor eyesight since they tend to be brighter, though incandescent lights might be sufficient and more attractive.
Path lighting options are available for both inside and outside of your home, although some versions are only available for outdoor use, such as solar lights and those with stakes. They offer the same advantage in the different settings. Think about where there are dark spots that would benefit from some light. If you or a loved one wake up frequently during the night, consider placing them at potential hazards like stairways. If energy usage is a concern, opt for walkway lighting that has motion sensors.
You’ll find path lighting sold individually or in sets. The advantage with the former is that you can get as many as you need without paying for ones that you won’t use. However, if they are one-off items, you may not be to get a matching group.
We strongly urge you to pay attention to the design and construction of the lights whichever one you buy. If you’re placing them outside, be sure that they are sturdy and able to withstand the weight of snow cover if that’s an issue where you live.
Also, you’ll need to remove snow from the solar panels if you’ve purchased this type. Be sure to put them someplace where it’s easy for you to clean them as necessary.
Don’t be afraid to spend a little more for path lighting, primarily if you will use them a lot. With the seasonal nature of retail, you may find it difficult to replace broken ones at some times of the year.
Finally, test out the lights after you’ve installed them. Make sure they’re bright enough to offer some value. Always keep your receipt and don’t be shy about returning them if they aren’t working as you expect. When it comes to your safety, you shouldn’t settle for a light that isn’t bright enough for your needs.