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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DUSK TO DAWN OUTDOOR LIGHTS(Part I)

Date:2021-12-29


Landscape lighting can brighten up your garden, stop you from stumbling around in the dark, and make your outdoor space as smart as your home – but what are dusk to dawn outdoor lights and how do they work?

 

According to a survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Atchitects, the three most popular outdoor design elements in 2018 were fire pits/fireplaces (66%), lighting (64.5%), and seating/dining areas (64%).

 

The survey found that many families want flexibility and practicality from their outdoor spaces. When it comes to lighting this means that people want outdoor lights that work for them and offer more options than the traditional lights that you need to switch on and off. That’s where dusk to dawn lights can help.

 

But what does dusk to dawn mean? As the name suggests, these outdoor lights are placed in your garden or yard and operate after the sun has set and switch off once it rises again in the morning. Hence the name dusk to dawn.

 

These lights can be placed anywhere in and around your garden or driveway. However, unlike traditional outdoor lighting, dusk to dawn lighting doesn’t need to be manually turned on or off.

 

HOW MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF DUSK TO DAWN LIGHTS ARE THERE?

 

There are four main categories of dusk to dawn outdoor lights, including time-controlled, smart/connected, photocell, and motion-activated lights. They operate in slightly different ways but can all be set up with ease and adjusted to your preferences.




TIME-CONTROLLED OUTDOOR LIGHTS

Time-controlled lights are very flexible and can be programmed by you, which means you can choose what time you want them to come on and turn off. These lights can be adjusted at any time to suit your needs and the time of year.

 

Time-controlled lights are useful for those who want to be fully in control of their lights and energy consumption. For example, you can schedule the lights to come on when you go to work in the morning and then turn off when it’s light. You can also schedule them to turn on when you return home and then turn off again when you aren’t using them.




PHOTOCELL AND SOLAR OUTDOOR LIGHTS

Some dusk to dawn lights use a photocell as a source of their power. Photocell technology is used to identify when dusk has fallen, which prompts the lights to turn on. Similarly, these lights detect natural light and turn off when morning comes.

 

Photocell lights are activated by the changing of natural light, which means that they automatically shift with daylight changes and adjust when the nights are longer or shorter. Some photocell outdoor lights also contain motion sensors too.




MOTION-ACTIVATED OUTDOOR LIGHTS

Other dusk to dawn lights use motion-activated technology. This means that when they detect motion the lights turn on. Most of these lights allow you to choose how long you want the light to stay on (usually between 5 seconds and 10 minutes) once the movement has been detected.


Most dawn to dusk lights are activated throughout the night, but the motion-activated lights don’t remain on that long (depending on your settings). These lights are ideal for the back garden if you have pets and for deterring burglars.




SMART/CONNECTED OUTDOOR LIGHTS

Smart/connected outdoor dusk to dawn lights are similar to time-controlled lights, in that you can set the time you want them to be turned on and off, but this can all be controlled from your smartphone or other devices, such as a smart home system. Smart/connected lights can be controlled via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi which means you have complete control no matter where you are or what type of device you have.

 




SMART BULBS

In addition to the above dusk to dawn lights, you can also get smart bulbs for your outdoor spaces. Smart bulbs can be connected to your smart home devices via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and can be set to specific times to turn on and off or be remotely adjusted. Even though they bring flexibility in the choice of lighting fixture, you are somewhat limited by bulb shape, design, brightness, and color temperature. You may also need to check compatibility and installation requirements. Keep in mind that smart bulbs won’t work if the light is accidentally switched off. Finally, you should know that smart bulbs aren’t necessarily made with durability in mind and typically last less than non-smart bulbs or full smart lighting fixtures. Regardless, smart bulbs are a quick way to turn your existing fixtures into a smart set up.














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