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4 Tips for Choosing Coastal Outdoor Lighting  

Why do coastal outdoor lights require more protection? Sand, moisture, salt from water, humidity can seep into the fixture and affect the bulb as well as escalate corrosion of the fixture—unless proper housing is used. As a lighting professional, you can avoid potential warping and rusting by fashioning your clients’ beachfront abodes with reliable, long-lasting illumination.  Follow these four quick tips on what to consider when choosing coastal outdoor lighting.  

1—Contemplate the Location  

Before choosing a coastal-friendly fixture, it’s important that you examine the jobsite-to-water proximity in order to calculate exactly what fixtures, bulbs, and accessories can function without compromise. If you’re installing an outdoor light within 5 miles from the sea or beach, it’s safe to forecast an elevated salt concentration in the air in addition to harsh weather effects. In this case, you should always opt for fixtures especially tailored to coastal locations.  

2—Choose Adequate Fixture Material  

Equipping your clients’ lights with robust, reliable housing is arguably the most crucial coastal lighting consideration to adopt. To prevent fast-aging fixtures, use fixtures that can handle extreme weather exposure, humidity, salt, and sand.  

Brass  

Though comparatively costly, brass offers superior durability and longevity due to its elevated corrosion resistance to sand and seawater.  

Bronze 

Bronze’s upfront expense is outsized by its heightened resistance to rust and corrosion. Bronze also evolves into an appealing blue/green patina as a result of oxidation.  

Copper 

Like bronze, copper grows darker with oxidation and creates a blue/green patina. Though sensitive to household cleaning products, copper is rust-resistant, corrosion-proof, and environmentally friendly.  

Aluminum 

Its budget-friendly, easy-to-manage benefits make aluminum a popular choice for landscape lighting clients. Bear in mind that, although aluminum is coastal-compatible, it’s more prone to corrosion than other metals and damages more easily in salty environments.  

Stainless Steel  

Corrosion-resistant at the highest level, stainless steel boasts a pleasant, shiny appearance when polished. The only catch is that standard stainless steel requires routine maintenance to hold its durability and shine as it can potentially discolor in coastal areas. 

Plastic  

Though its unbeatably low cost can be attractive, plastic isn’t as ideal in coastal locations as it can be easily distorted by severe weather conditions.  

3—Consider the IP Rating  

To ensure absolute protection from ruthless weather, choose a fitting with no less than an IP66 rating. This completely prevents liquids and debris from breaching—and shortening the lifespan of—fixtures and lamps. If you’re working with a beach garden setting, you can get by with an IP44 rating to at least dismiss sand, sea spray, and heavy showers. For decks, patios, and outdoor wall lights, shoot for a minimum of IP65. If your project involves illuminating a pool, hot tub, or water feature, use products with an IP68 rating to ensure the fixture is completely waterproof.  

4—Explore Specialist Features 

Depending on your client’s location, it might benefit you to invest in special lighting that cooperates with area wildlife. A surfacing hot-button issue is the effect artificial lighting has on turtle reproduction.  Studies show that 1 in 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings survive to adulthood. To protect against predators and the sun, turtles on a nesting beach hatch at night and use reflections of the moon and stars to navigate to the ocean. Artificial lighting can cause hatchlings to become disoriented and wander inland, decreasing their odds of survival.   

“Wildlife natural selection isn’t a priority to me”—while you might be thinking this, some areas don’t give much of a choice. Groups such as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have imposed ordinances outlining approved sea turtle lighting guidelines. To satisfy these guidelines and/or market and sell “turtle-safe” lighting products, check out the following suggestions.  

  • Mount fixtures as low as possible while still meeting the needed purpose.  
  • Angle spotlights at no greater than 90°.  
  • Use lamps with long wavelengths.  
  • Shield lamps from the beach or natural wildlife area. 

For further information on how to choose coastal outdoor lighting, call or chat with one of our expert Customer Service representatives at Lighting Warehouse to shed more light on the subject.   855-444-8424

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