We started to create our outdoor lighting scheme about 5 years ago. My spouse and I were charmed by the simplicity and beautiful effect or the outdoor lights of a French restaurant in our town. Since that time we have experimented with many different variations of outdoor lighting designs. Our scheme is a work in progress and it gets tweaked each year. Some years we use a lot of string lights while in other years we use spot lights and twinkly lights. We generally tend to stick to white lights although we sometimes use the odd colored spotlight to great success.
Many homeowners wonder how they can revamp their existing landscape, how they can add value to their home without the heavy investment that renovations require. The simplest and most convenient manner in which to do this is to add outdoor lighting fixtures. By emphasizing the most important areas of your yard you can raise the value of your home while also adding to the curb appeal that the exterior of your home has to offer.
Outdoor lighting used to be very basic. If you needed an outside light, you bought one of a handful of selections and installed it. Now that people are using their outdoor spaces as extra living spaces, contemporary outdoor lighting and other lighting styles have emerged. There are nearly as many options for outdoor lighting today as there are for indoor lighting, and you are sure to find exactly what you want. Even those who are shopping on a budget will be able to find a variety of lighting solutions for their needs, so don't worry if money is an issue for you.
There are many different kinds of lights available for your outdoor area, so you may have to choose between fixed lighting or hanging, portable lighting, if you wish to change or move your outdoor areas. A great idea is to leave hanging lights near pathways and terraces. Once you have your lighting chosen, make sure you think about how it will affect your gardens. You need to look at the lighting brightness and colours, and match them with wall features, or garden plants. A great idea is to string fairy lights around a small pond, for added reflection of the light.
You also need to consider the power source when installing contemporary outdoor lighting. Fire is great if you want your lighting to have a soothing, natural feel. And nowadays, you can get battery-powered rechargeable lights that are both economical and portable. Line-powered lights that are connected to the electrical system of your home are also a good choice since there are no flames to re-light or batteries to recharge.
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