4091 Saltsburg Rd Suite D, Murrysville PA 15668 | emcosprinkler@verizon.net
 
 
 
EMCO Sprinkler Company Inc.
 
Sprinkler Company, Inc. & EMCO Lighting
 
 
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Landscape Lighting in Pittsburgh, PA

 
 

Why Use Landscape Lighting?

 
Landscape Lighting - Sprinkler Service in Murrysville, PA
 
In the past, nightfall chased people indoors, where they would stay until sunrise. But why should the darkness of night bring an end to enjoyment of the outdoors? You can extend daylight hours by adding landscape lights to darkened areas. Low-voltage systems reduce the voltage to a harmless 12-volt supply. The cable for these systems does not need to be buried deep underground, so installation is easy. Our professional low voltage systems are safe, easy to install, and are affordable.
 
 

So, what are some of the key reasons to light your yard?

 

Enhancing the Environment

 
You may want to showcase a particularly attractive aspect of your property. It may be an interesting piece of art that needs a spot light or a flowerbed hidden in the dark. Maybe it's a pool or lily pond that deserves some added attention. Or you may just want to enhance the overall beauty of the property.
 

Creating a Safe Surrounding

 
Getting from one point to another may not always be as easy or as safe as it could be with obstacles like steps, rocks and small shrubbery blocking the path. You may want to install some path lights or step lights to ensure safe passage. Anytime there is a change in elevation the area should be illuminated for safety.
 

Discouraging intruders

 
Floodlights are not always as protective as once thought. Sometimes the shadows can create darkened spaces close to windows where an intruder can hide. You discourage intruders by placing landscape lighting fixtures exactly where the light is needed.
 

Lighting Design Techniques Used By EMCO:

 
  • Conceal the light source when possible, either with a shroud on the fixture, or by tucking it behind a shrub, large branch, wall, or rock. Ideally, you will be unable to see where the light originates.
 
  • Avoid installing fixtures in the undergrowth of low shrubs or tall grasses. The beam of light needs unimpeded passage from the fixture to the focal point so there are no distracting spots of reflected light.
 
  • Experiment with backlighting. Lighted trees in the background of a forested area creates silhouettes in the foreground. An uplighted hedge behind a shrub or tree will do the same.
 
  • Space path lights at least eight to ten feet apart. When illuminating a walkway, alternate fixtures on either side of the path to avoid that runway look.
 
  • Don't illuminate every surface. Shadows work to define lighted areas. Create a different look for your property at night than it has during the day. The night view will often be more dramatic than the day view.
 
  • The addition of a pale blue or pale green lens is a gorgeous effect, as it takes the yellow out of the halogen color and gives the hint of moonlight.
 
 
 

Pre-planning tips for a new property:

  • Install extra switches by exterior doors.

  • Consider transformer locations and provide easy access to current at these locations by installing outlets now.

  • Place conduit under sidewalks and driveways before they are installed so wire can be run underneath without a lot of hard work later.