It's always around this time of the year that I appreciate the design elements of our outdoor lighting scheme. The days are getting shorter and I find that I am turning on our outdoor lights slightly earlier each day. We have both lights for safety and outdoor party lights. The result of decent outdoor lighting is that we can still enjoy our outdoor space into late August and September.
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.
The ambiance of your outdoor area can really make a difference to your home. It's easy to see how lighting, and indoor features can make a difference inside, well that is also true for your outdoor areas too. With the right types of light sources you can make your house look elegant and beautiful. Entertaining your friends and family, while sitting outside in the evening with a cool drink is a great experience, and with the right light settings, your outdoor entertainment area can be an experience that you look forward to every evening.
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.
Ceiling fixtures are attractive for the outdoors and come with fashionable designs. Usually you will find them made out of nickel or brass or other high quality metallic finishes. Watch out for energy costs with exterior ceiling fixtures because they tend to be kept on for many hours. So, again, check out what the potential energy costs are before choosing any ceiling lights.
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