Outdoor lighting is a fundamental component of any home. These fixtures provide extensive value that ranges from building ambiance to promoting the safety of you and your loved ones. If you’re in the market for new outdoor fixtures, follow these general rules of thumb to streamline your lighting selection process!
First, choose your lighting fixtures based on their function or purpose.
Decorative lighting can act as the perfect accent to your outdoor space. From outdoor pendants that live on your back patio to string lights draped above your backyard, the options are boundless. Think about your space, and ask yourself important questions such as, do I often entertain outdoors? Do I eat dinner with my family there? Do we enjoy dim ambiance or a fully lit space in the evening? For most homes, our overhead lighting is a safe bet that provides both function and form – appearing sleek and minimalist, but able to fully illuminate an outdoor space, even when the sun is down! Furthermore, our wide selection of outdoor lighting is equipped to fit any style preference, from contemporary to traditional. You may also want to consider the type of coverage your outdoor space provides when choosing your fixtures. Damp-rated fixtures are available for porch or patio areas that provide some shelter, and wet-rated styles are available for your yard and other high-exposure areas.
Wall sconces are extremely popular among most homeowners. These wall lights line doorways and walkways and are extremely versatile, as they can be installed anywhere wall wiring is available. Another beneficial attribute is the wall sconce’s ability to provide different levels and types of light. From subdued, ambient light, to vast, directed light, the breadth of options will ensure you find a fixture that illuminates your outdoor space in the exact way you want. Most outdoor wall lights are manufactured to endure heavy weather exposure, but if you live in a region with particularly harsh (wet or cold) temperatures, pay extra attention to weather rating and finish.
Some areas of your home are inherently more in need of security than others. These areas include garages, windows, front and back porches, walking paths, and more. Flood lighting, recessed lighting, and landscape lighting can all ensure that these important areas are safe and well-lit.
Landscape lighting planning can become extremely technical, and may require more attention than other areas in your home. Having basic knowledge of the different elements of landscape lighting is a good first step to discovering your yard’s lighting blueprint. When considering path lights, know that you can find both solar and wired options. Wired lighting will require you to run power sources underground, so it’s important to understand that this may be a big undertaking. Path lighting is most useful when placed along pathways, around garden beds, and along the perimeter of your house. When placed closer to your home, these can be used in tandem with wall lighting to add dimension to your home. Recessed lighting is great and can be built into the ground of your patio, deck, or driveway. These provide subtle light that blends effortlessly into the landscape, and are great for security as they flood your home’s perimeter with light. Recessed lights are less decorative in their form, but bring style to your home when used to highlight plants, trees, and other outdoor features from the ground up.
Once you discover which types of lighting you’re looking for, there are a few key factors you may want to take into consideration when deciding which specific fixture to install, the first being style. Refer to your home’s existing architecture and current decor when choosing your outdoor lighting to ensure it is streamlined with the rest of your home. Next, make sure to consider what materials your lighting is made of. Materials not only impact the physical appearance of your lighting, but also have different durability. Most outdoor fixtures are manufactured from brass, copper, or aluminum. Choose materials that will remain in good condition when exposed to the harsh weather of your home’s region. Lastly, don’t forget to consider efficiency. LED, solar-powered, and energy efficient CFL lighting are all available.
Hopefully this article will act as a guide while you set out to find the perfect outdoor lighting for your home. You’re well on your way to creating a beautifully lit outdoor space! If you’re in need of design assistance or product recommendations, contact us to set up a consultation!