Driveways are high-activity sections of the home that requires reliable illumination. But because it is located at the front or side of the house, most people incorporate their outdoor lighting system when illuminating residential driveways.
Learn more about setting up luminaries for driveways below!
Illuminating Residential Driveways
Lighting up a driveway is not a difficult process. Unlike office lights or warehouse lighting, driveways should not be fully lit up in order to accommodate comfort and relaxation when approaching the location. Most individuals make the mistake of making their driveway look like an airport runway. To avoid this, one could alternate the positioning of the lamps or use low color temperature lights. It might be tempting to use uplighting configurations at the border of driveways. However, this could lead to temporary blinding when walking over the luminary. One should save uplighting for trees and walls (wall pack lights).
The next part of the driveway that should be illuminate thoroughly is the path between the car and the door. Again, the path should not be directly lit up, as it could cause discomfort for people walking through the area – especially if one is carrying a lot of things. Path lighting could be incorporated with nearby objects and plants, allowing the lights to serve dual purposes. For example, the lamp could illuminate a bush while indirectly lighting up a nearby stepping stone.
Low Voltage, Waterproof
Driveway lights are exposed to persistent rain, snow, heat and rough treatment. Keeping the units in working condition for the long term starts with purchasing variants with protective features. Waterproof and dust tight mechanisms could be helpful in making the lights more resilient to the outdoor environment.
Low voltage (12V or 24V) should also be considered for driveway lighting. Small lights that are on the ground and directly exposed to unpredictable outdoor elements, such as morning dew and rain, should be low voltage for safety. Other luminaries, like pole lights, don’t have to be low voltage if they’re well protected.