Make a Backyard Pond Shine at Night

Pond lights are a good way to add nocturnal atmosphere to water features at the backyard. There are several lighting options available that transform dark and uninviting locations into safe enclaves by illuminating nearly magical quality waterfalls, fountains, trees, decks, and pathways. The health must always come first when applying pond lights to a landscape. Water and electricity don’t go hand in hand and the effects of a mishap could end up fatal. Using solar powered or low voltage fixtures only while operating in the vicinity of ponds or other water features as a health precaution.You can learn more at Backyard Pond Construction Near Me.

Technologies for lighting the ponds

The efficiency of light bulbs measures the cost of producing light units. The electrical costs of lamps are a direct function of the total wattage of the luminous bulbs, and the light emitted by those bulbs is measured in lumens. The other major efficiency factor is the cost of the bulbs themselves, and the mean replacement time. For a given wattage the most efficient lamp would produce the most lumens; have a low purchase price and the longest life before burning out. Unfortunately that bulb is not yet in existence.

Let’s compare 2 alternatives to base low voltage lamps — halogen and LED. Halogen lights have a lower selling price, but are going to flame out faster and require more fuel. LED costs more upfront, but uses less electricity, and fails a lot longer.

A standard low tension halogen lamp emits 15 lumens per watt and has a life expectancy of 5000 hours. A similar LED, in contrast, emits 50 lumens per watt and can last as long as 50,000 hours (nearly 6 years if left on 24 hours a day) before requiring replacement. And in this case the LED will be 3 times more powerful and will last 10 times longer than the Halogen. For a 3.5 watt LED a 10 watt halogen lamp costs around $6 vs. $15. As LED technology is improving and more manufacturers are beginning to adopt this product, the purchase price should drop significantly, and LED low voltage should eventually dominate the market for outside lighting. There are 3 common groups of pond lights which use both these lighting technologies, submersible, floating, and accent lights based on land.

Lighting in a submersible pond

Since the title implies submersible lighting inside the pond are situated underwater. Submersible pond lights are intended to give a sparkling appearance to the pond water, and to highlight fish and plants. However, submersible illumination from the pond still illuminates “everything” that is in the mud. So, unless the pond is extremely clear, submersible lights can cloud the water. A light pointed down from the overhead in the lake, as a replacement, illuminates the entire pond without adversely influencing the appearance of water clarity. In particular, should you keep colorful fish inside the pond, such as koi, lighting the pond from above will make the fish stand out against an opaque dark background all night long. In the illumination of waterfalls and fountains, however, submersible lighting is singularly spectacular. Submersible lights may include different color lenses and may be placed at the rear of waterfalls or under fountains to create beautiful after dark light shows. Submersible ring lights with the fountains are especially effective.

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