- Mar 30, 2015
- Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Our backyard is much larger and wider than what we had. It is both walled in and wrought iron fenced. Our dog loves it, and has much more room to run and roam. The entire back, as well as both sides of the property are his to run around and enjoy. The problem is Coyotes out here at night. Our little guy can't get out, but a Coyote can easily jump the gate and get in. My back patio lights were pretty weak, (typical single bulb, el cheapo builder grade). So I replaced all the outdoor bulbs I could with 1,700 Lumen LED's. That helped a lot, but it still didn't illuminate the back part of the property. So yesterday we took a trip to Lowe's to replace the back patio wall light with something a little better. I installed a 3,100 Lumen triple LED setup that has 3 independently adjustable lights. Each one is over 1,000 Lumens each, but the whole thing only draws 34 watts. It's a nice fixture that is all powder coated Aluminum. (Except for the plastic adjustment knobs). It has a dusk until dawn photocell, that you can turn on and off by simply turning it to cover or uncover the cell itself. It came with all the hardware, wire nuts, junction box brackets, etc. So I didn't have to make 14 trips back and forth before I ended up with everything I needed. (You never know what you're getting into when you open up a 30 year old junction box). The installation took all of 5 minutes, and was easy as pie. Now the backyard looks like Gillette Stadium during a Monday night Patriots game! LED's have really come a long way fast. I was amazed at the light output. These are rated for 50,000 hours. I'll be happy if they last half that long. Years back I had one of those farmer type mercury vapor lights that was huge, and ran hotter than a blast furnace. I believe it was around 300 watts, and it didn't provide anywhere near half the light this one does. Not to mention in the cold weather it took forever to, "warm up". My wife is thrilled because now she doesn't have to follow him around at night with a flashlight, worried he's going to be dinner for a Coyote. (Coyote's hate bright lights, and will avoid them like the plague). I went from this: To this: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Lithonia-L...