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.
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.
The first thing you need to consider when developing an outdoor lighting scheme is safety. The pathways and the doorways need to be properly illuminated in order to prevent any unexpected stumbles. Properly lit entrance ways including any back alleys that might border your property also increase your level of personal safety. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 60-80 watts of light at every outside door, set of outside steps, or any other place that you might want to go to at night ie alleys or garbage bin areas.
When organising your outdoor lighting, it is important to decide what things you will need before you head out to make a purchase, you will need to think about what themes and colours you are trying to decorate your home with. It is also important think about what kind of events of celebrations will be held in your outdoor areas, and what kinda of lighting you will need. Different kinds of lights can give different moods and themes to your outdoor space. Some common types of outdoor lighting solutions include, hanging lanterns, paper or candle lanterns, and even LED lights.
The purpose of outdoor wall lights are to make the exterior portion of your house light up so that its beauty is shown off. You can combine wall lights with outdoor wall sconces. Lighting up the exterior of your home is also effective for protecting you at nighttime against burglars.
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