Outdoor lighting is an incredibly important part of your home. The placement and types of outdoor lighting that you use are much more important than you may realize.
We are going to look into some of the best tips for improving your home’s outdoor lighting. You may be surprised by how many things you need to consider in order to set up your outdoor lighting well.
#1 – Don’t Overdo It
Outdoor lighting is quite a specific thing to work out. If you don’t have enough lights, there will be dark spots around your home that could pose a threat.
On the other hand, too much lighting and you’ll run into a number of other problems. For starters, too much lighting could be a nuisance for your eyes and may even cause a headache. On top of that, you would be wasting electricity and money.
You may also cause trouble for your neighbors if the lighting reaches past your property. The ideal amount of light is just enough to cover all the dark spots of your outdoor area but not so much that the light spills into your neighbors’ property.
#2 – Consider the Aesthetic
Your outdoor lighting will also set a certain mood outdoors. You can’t just slap a bunch of lamps around the place and hope that everything works well.
For starters, you should think about the various areas of your outdoor location and what kinds of lights will work in them. (We’ll discuss that further in a later section)
You also need to consider how you will safely conceal any wires between your outdoor lights. Generally, you would connect all of your outdoor lights through the same circuit, making sure to keep the wires well secured and away from places where someone could trip on them.
Burying your wires so that nothing but the light itself is showing is one of the best ways to improve the aesthetic of your outdoor lighting.
#3 – Consider Energy Conservation
Using too many lights or lights that require a much higher wattage than others will cost you a fair amount of money, not to mention waste our limited electricity. For this reason, we need to consider both the number of outdoor lights we need and the types of lighting we will use.
Certain types of lights, such as LEDs, require far fewer watts than others. This is because LEDs produce far more lumens in each watt than other lights, like halogen lights.
You can also continue conserving energy by utilizing a lighting timer. You can set up your timer to turn on your outdoor lights at a time when it generally starts to get dark outside, and off when the sun tends to rise in the morning. This way you will utilize your outdoor lighting for as short a time as possible without running the risk of accidentally leaving them on all day.
#4 – Consider Weather Conditions
If you live in an area where heavy rain and/or snow is common, you need to consider some emergency methods to keep your outdoor lighting safe. For starters, you should consider having a tarpaulin cover. (Or something that will serve a similar purpose)
If you allow your outdoor lights to be exposed to these hazardous elements, they won’t last as long as they should. On top of that, rust and other marks may appear on the casing, decreasing the aesthetics of your outdoor area!
#5 – Locational Lighting
The front entrance of your home is one of the most important places to light up well. If you have poor lighting at your front entrance, it casts a dim light on the entire home. Any guests that go to your home may feel spooked or unwelcome at the site of a dimly lit front entrance.
You don’t necessarily need to have a brightly lit garage. (From the outside, that is) Whenever you use this area, you will be in your car. However, you should at least have a couple of lanterns or wall lamps for safety as well as for aesthetic.
Porches & Patios
If you want a nice-looking patio area, we recommend using creative lighting forms. One example could be to install floor lights behind any benches or railings. This way, the lighting effect will shine upward and create an attractive environment.
If you do decide to take up a creative lighting style, just make sure you install enough lights so that you can see where you are going at all times. Utility comes before appearance!
The best lights to use with water features are low-voltage lights. These lights will glow and reflect slightly on the water without completely blinding everyone around it.
It is actually quite important to set up lighting for your water features as keeping them in the dark runs the risk of someone accidentally falling in and getting injured.
You can use these tips to further improve your home’s outdoor lighting. If you have any other questions that have yet to be answered, do not hesitate to contact us!
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