Aluminium is a metal that can be successfully used to manufacture a huge variety of products ranging from patio furniture to decorative lights. Cast aluminium is one of the most popular materials in furniture industry, doors and window framing and commercial lighting, to name a few. There are many reasons why cast aluminium is the material of choice for decorative lights and garden furniture in Australia. These include corrosion resistance, high durability, ductility, low density, high strength and electrical conductivity. Outdoor decorative lights made from cast aluminium allow homeowners to highlight the architectural details of their home and brighten up the landscape with just a little investment. So, how to choose the best outdoor lighting for your home? Let’s have a look at some helpful tips.
- Choosing the right size and placement – Outdoor decorative lights come in a huge variety of fixtures- and you can choose the ones that perfectly match your exteriors. For instance the perfect location to install outdoor pendant lights is around 6 inches above the front entryway. For wall lighting (side doorway), the standard height is one fourth the height of your doors.
- Material: Apart from providing beauty, security and safety to your home, outdoor decorative lights should be able to withstand harsh Australian weather. Cast aluminium is a great option for outdoor lighting. It’s lightweight, non-reflective and quickly forms a thin layer of aluminium oxide when exposed to atmospheric oxygen. This layer formed by a process called ‘passivation’ makes it virtually rust proof. With aluminium, you’ll get decorative Lights that are as strong and resilient as those made from stainless steel but are about 1/3rd of the weight.
- Maintenance: For your own safety and to make your outdoor lights last as long as possible, it’s important to follow some care and maintenance procedures. So, make sure to replace burned out or broken bulbs immediately, clear branches and shrubs in your garden so that they don’t obstruct the light, use a cloth and mild soap to clean lenses on regular basis.
Quality decorative lights are an affordable way to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. For more guidance and to choose from an extensive selection of decorative lights and outdoor furniture for your home, visit Colonial Castings today!