Contemporary outdoor lighting offers a variety of options for people who are looking to light up their outdoor spaces with a touch of class and style. There are traditional wall sconces for beside the door, post lights, spotlights for the yard, and even driveway and walkway lights to light up the paths in and around your yard. With so many different options to choose from, it's not hard to find the lights that are ideal for your home. You can even now pick from a variety of types of metals, glass, colors, and finishes to match your outdoor living space and set your home apart from the rest.
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.
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.
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