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.
There are two basic functions of outdoor lighting. First, outdoor lighting allows areas to be well-lit, making them safe and functional for homeowners and their guests. This is the most practical use of outdoor lighting, as these lights make it possible to have late night grilling, bonfires and get-togethers. Outdoor lighting can also light up driveways and walkways, making it safe for visitors or coming home late. For warm summer nights, outdoor lighting can provide a soft glow for swimmers or those who are fishing off a dock.
If safety is a concern then you should consider installing security lighting. You should keep it as far away from your living area as possible so it doesn't create a distraction. Task lighting should be used for specific functions like grilling or walking. Accent lighting is focused lighting that can be used to make a certain feature stand out, like an outdoor statue or other lawn object.
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