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Safety First: LED Dog Collar

Glowing Dog Collar

Dog Collar Light

These LED dog collars keep our K9 friends safe when out for walks at night. These collars are highly durable and are 100% waterproof – they are used by K-9 Search & Rescue units around the world.

“Glowdoggie™ LED dog collars are the perfect way to keep your dogs seen and safe, whatever the conditions…along city streets, off leash in the park, on your property, out in the countryside or on the water.”

Available from Glow Doggie and priced at $49.99

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A DIY Biking Jacket with Indicators: A Light Suit for Street Cyclists

Biking Jacket Lights

Watching the video demonstration of the Turn Signal Biking Jacket brings up references of the TRON Light Suit. Leahbuechley of Insturctables has designed a jacket for bicyclists that display indicator lights on the back of the jacket that are controlled by switches in the wrists of the jacket.

The Turn Signal cycling jacket is such a simple idea (though slightly complicated to make with all the programming, wiring, and an Arduino circuit board), which would make cycling around town a lot easier and safer at night. Check out the video below for a demonstration of the DIY indicator jacket. You can find the instructions to make your own DIY jacket here.

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Outdoor Pathway Lighting Ideas: From Post Lights To String and Tiki Torches

Pathway lighting is ideal in a garden as it adds to the safety and the visual appeal. The following outdoor pathway lighting ideas can help you create a well designed outdoor space – we go over everything from standard post lights to pergola lighting and string lights.

Post Light Fixtures

Post lights are the most popular form of outdoor pathway lighting because they are simple fixtures that come in a number of styles. They are usually short which reduces glare and can be easily installed as solar powered or low voltage pathway lighting.

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Post lights are the popular choice for pathway lighting

Post path lights

The post lights are capped so they only shine light downwards

modern outdoor pathway lighting

Modern outdoor pathway lighting

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Another style: Japanese lanterns

solar path lighting

Solar path lights

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Street lights: taller post lights

Recessed Pathway Lighting

Recessed floor lights are another way of lighting up a path. Though they look modern and elegant, they can produce a lot of glare as they shine upwards. One way of reducing the glare is to have a diffused cover like in the first picture below:

recessed floor lights

Recessed floor lights

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Another example of recessed floor lights

Outdoor Wall Lights

If you have any walls lining your pathway, these can be used to fix lights onto. You can either use recessed wall lights, flush mount or lanterns and wall sconces.

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Those black circles on the walls are flush mount lights that will light up the path at night

flush mount path lighting

Flush mount path lighting

A wall lantern

Another way to light a path is to use wall lanterns

wall sconces

Wall sconces make for more modern outdoor wall lights

 The wall sconces above can be found here on Amazon.

Pillar Lighting

Pillar lighting is when you have a light fixture on a solid base. These bases, or pillars, can be short so that the lights shine on a path or the pillars can be tall to light the entrance of a driveway.

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Pillar lights lighting up a pathway

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Another example of pillar lights

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Pillar lights on a railing

Outdoor Step Lighting

recessed step lights

Recessed step lights

If you have any steps along your path there are a few lighting ideas that can be used to light these areas – like lip lighting, recessed or downlights. Have a look at our post here for 5 outdoor stair lighting ideas.

String Lights

String lights are inexpensive fixtures that can come as electric powered or solar pathway lighting fixtures. You can use them to light up pathways by hanging them from trees, fences, the house walls, and polls.

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String lights hanging from a tree lighting a path

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String lights hanging from the walls

Pergolas

If you have a pergola over a section of your path they can have lights attached to them. If you don’t have one, they can be nice additions to a garden. During the day they provide shade, and at night they look great lit up.

There are a number of pergola lighting ideas for a pathway:

  • You can attach lanterns to the posts
  • Recessed lights can be installed into the posts
  • String lights can be wrapped around the overhead beams and the posts
  • Lights can be fixed to the overhead beams
hanging pergola lights

Hanging pergola lanterns

Tiki Torches

Tiki torches can line a pathway and provide soft glowing light. It can be a hassle to light a number of torches individually – an alternative is to install gas burning tiki torches that can be switched on all at once from a central valve.

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Tiki torches can be used to light outdoor pathways

Led Pathway Lighting Using Rope Lights

Rope lights are led lights incased within a plastic tube. Because the tube is flexible, rope lights can bend and be shaped how you like. They can be fitted along railings or lined along the perimeter of a garden bed.

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Rope lights can be used in a number of ways to light pathways

Indirect Outdoor Pathway Lighting

Lighting other areas of a garden can help light a pathway. For example in the photos below, trees and plants have been lit up with spot lights, swimming pool and pond lights also provide indirect path lighting.

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Lighting trees and bushes provides indirect lighting for pathways

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Another example of indirect lighting

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Tree lighting

Other Photos For More Outdoor Pathway Lighting Ideas

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Outdoor path lighting

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Decorative star lights

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Post lights and string lights wrapped around the tree branches light up this pathway

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Bathroom Lighting Zones Explained: IP Ratings, Zones, and Diagram

Bathroom Lighting Zones

When it comes to UK bathroom lighting, you will have to know the different zones that make up a bathroom layout. Bathroom lighting zones are based on how close they are to water and how likely any light fixtures in the zone will get wet. By knowing the different zones, you can then choose the right light fixtures for safe lighting. Bathroom light fixtures will have an IP rating, which rates how well the electrical components are protected. The zones and ratings are set by the IEE Wiring Regulations, a UK national standard in which all wiring must adhere to. So if you are looking to install a range of bathroom lighting ideas within in the UK, these zones and ratings are important for safe wiring.

IP Ratings

Each bathroom light fixture will have an IP rating. There are two numbers in an IP rating, the first is the protection the light has against dirt, insects, and other foreign things. The second number is the one that applies to bathroom lighting, this is the amount of protection the light has against liquid and moisture. The second number will range from 0-8, with 8 being the most protected from moisture and water.

8 = the light fixture can be used for pressurized immersion
7 = the light fixture can be submerged in water up to 1 meter in depth.
6 = the light fixture can withstand high pressure water jets, coming from all directions
5 = the light fixture is protected from water jets
4 = the light fixture is protected from water spray from all directions
3 = the light fixture is protected from water spray when tilted 60º
2 = the light fixture is protected from water spray when tilted 15º
1 = the light fixture is protected against condensation

The Different Bathroom Lighting Zones

Lighting zones in a bathroom is determined by the distance from a water source. In order for safe bathroom lighting, light fixtures with the right IP rating need to be used within specific zones.

bathroom lighting zones explained

Zone 0: There are a number of ways to add decorative lighting within water fixtures. For example taps and shower heads can have LED lights fitted inside of them. Zone 0 refers to areas that will be submerged in or have direct exposure to water: inside bath tubs, the shower base, or inside a basin are other examples. Lights in zone 0 must have an IP rating of IP67, and must be low voltage (12v or less).

Zone 1: This zone is usually made up of areas above (up to 2.25m) a bath tub and a shower base. Lights for this area should be rated IP44, or if the lights will be in direct contact with water, such as inside a shower space, the lights need to be rated IP65.

Zone 2: This is where any water might be splashed. So right next to zones 0 and 1, measuring 0.6m horizontally and up to 2.25m vertically. This zone also applies to wash basins, ranging 0.6m in diameter around the water source (the tap). Light fixtures in zone 2 need to be rated IP44 or better.

Not Zoned (Use to be Zone 3): This is any area beyond zone 2 (white area in the diagram). There are no requirements when it comes to lighting past zones 0,1, and 2. It would be wise though to use lights that are rated IP44.

The information provided above should only be used as a basic guide. For the full comprehensive guide, the 17th Edition to the IEE Wiring Regulations can be bought here. An easier route would be to use a qualified electrician when deciding what light fixtures to use in the bathroom. After having bathroom lighting zones explained, why not take a look at our posts regarding different bathroom lighting design ideas and styles:

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The Importance of a Light Bulb: Home Security Lighting

Light Bulb

Can a single light bulb fight crime?  Diana Lowery, a councilwoman of Stockton California, is campaigning that residents have a light bulb near their front door that is left on during the whole night. The campaign goes the extra mile by enlisting corporate donors (Siemens and Pacific Gas and Electric), which allows for the residents to pick up a free energy efficient light bulb to use as outside security lights for a house.

Stockton California

The campaign was started due to record levels of crime due to a poor economy. 55 people have been killed in Stockton this year. This idea allows residents to play an active part in fighting crime. Though it won’t solve the problem, Diana believes it will only help the cause. Running one of these bulbs by the front door will cost residents a mere $12.46 per year, a small price to pay for an increase in safety. The Interim Police Chief backs this idea, as streets that have exterior security lighting will deter crooks – hence the slogan “Light up the night, Crime hates the night”.

source: recordnet.com, image source: Anthony

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