Outdoor lighting holds a great deal of importance in many ways. First of all, outdoor lighting creates the mood for the exterior of your home and is the first impression provided to those passing or visiting your home.
Secondly, key lighting fixtures provide both safety for those approaching your home and security from those infringing upon your property.
Lastly, exterior lighting allows you, your family and friends to enjoy the outdoors surrounding your home well after the sun has descended.
When you begin to plan placing and adding outdoor lighting around your home, keep these home lighting tips in mind.
Less is More
When it comes to lighting any area, the rule of thumb is “less is more”. A much better effect is achieved when using several low-light fixtures to light an exterior space instead of one very bright light.
You should also try to keep light sources out of sight whenever possible. Ground bases fixtures work very well for creating enhancing lighting effects outdoors. When you do need to use exposed lights, such as in pole or doorway fixtures, use low watt bulbs and covers to diffuse the light.
Lighting Paths, Patios and Driveways
Resist setting lights along paths, patios and driveways in straight lines, a common error in exterior home lighting. Doing so creates a “runway” effect which is not an aesthetically pleasing feature.
When placing lights along these areas, you should offset them instead of placing them parallel to each other. This will provide a more pleasing effect as well as better light the entire area.
Use Correct Bulbs
Avoid using yellow bulbs in exterior fixtures. Many people believe that they help with deterring insects. However, yellow light is unflattering to both surrounding plants and the people who are lingering in the area.
Safety and Maintenance
Whenever decorating with outdoor fixtures which require electricity, be sure to consult with a qualified electrician for help with installation and maintenance. Keep in mind that exterior lighting fixtures are constantly exposed to rain, dew, humidity and other forms of moisture.
Also, remember that bulbs will eventually need to be changed. Positioning outside fixtures in spaces which are easily accessible will make changing them much more convenient. You can further reduce maintenance by utilizing long-life bulbs designed specifically for outdoor use.
Kick Back and Enjoy
By following these exterior home lighting tips, you can rest assured that your home’s exterior looks great, is safe and secure and easily maintainable. All that is left to do is to kick back and enjoy the results!