When it comes to bollard lights, most experts will instantly advise you to call in the pros to install them. As permanent and important additions to your garden, it’s important to be mindful of a few things before getting started with bollard lights. They can make the home look incredibly elegant and add an important element of safety and security. But at the same time, it isn’t advisable to pick up the first random lights you come across and install them just as randomly.
Fitted with the most outstanding quality bulbs on the market, bollard lights represent an incredibly affordable long-term investment in your property. Indeed, it has been proved time and time again that quality exterior lighting can and often does increase perceived property values significantly. And when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors, nothing ups the atmosphere outside than superior quality lighting.
All of which makes it crucially important to know what you’re dealing with, before getting started.
For example, bollard lights are available in a wide variety of sizes and specifications. Some measure in at no more than about 35cm while others go right up to 120cm or higher. As such, it’s important to think about the required sizes for the garden in question, in accordance with where the lights will be placed. It may be a case of mixing sizes, in order to create a sense of continuity from one area of the garden to the next. If you cannot find the ideal size for your purposes, speak to the manufacturer about the possibility of a custom order.
In terms of installation, the most important and obvious consideration of all is of course location. You need to think about not only where the bollard lights will serve their purpose most effectively, but also where you’ll be able to connect them to an electricity supply. With a few exceptions here and there, the wires connecting a bollard light to the property’s main supply will be buried underground and gradually lead to the home. The more obstacles there are in the way, the more difficult the job will be. Likewise, burying cables under a good amount of soil and grass is much easier than doing the same under stone and concrete. So be sure to think about exactly where you intend to install your bollards, before deciding on any purchases.
Different bollard lights also have very different requirements when it comes to exactly how they are installed. In some instances, bollard lights may be effectively free-standing, usually supplied with a bracket to attach them securely to the floor. In others however, it may be necessary for the lights to be set in a base of concrete – a process that requires quite a lot more time and effort. Be extremely conscious of the specifics of the lights you plan to buy before you actually purchase them, as you need to know what you’ll be doing with them when the time comes. If in any doubt, ask the retailer for their advice or get in touch with an expert installation service.
As for the overall quality of the lights, it’s pretty much the same story as when buying any other exterior home lighting products. Given the fact that it’s inevitably going to be exposed to the harshest elements throughout the year, you need to invest in products that are built to last. Inferior-quality outdoor lighting products begin showing their age in no time and can even represent electrical hazards in their own right. Quality products with premium bulbs can go on performing for decades with practically no maintenance – a small price to pay for total peace of mind.
Last but not least, it’s also a good idea to take into account from the earliest possible stage how exactly you intend to control your outdoor lights. The reason being that when it comes to automated timers, dimmer switches and so on, it can be much easier to integrate them into your system if you look to do so when first installing the lights. By contrast, trying to add these kinds of things on a little further down the line tends to be rather more difficult. You may not be aware of the options available to you or the benefits of each respectively, so be sure to speak to a specialist retailer for more information. You don’t have to spend over the odds, but there’s really no sense in cutting corners with such incredible value for money on offer.