How do you select the right outdoor lighting?

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Your choices in exterior lighting fixtures should exuberate your glowing personality by providing a special finishing touch to your home’s overall appearance. However, there are a few elements to consider when you’re selecting the right look — safety, security and style. While a beautiful display of outdoor illumination is a welcoming feature for any household, taking the proper steps to provide a little safety along your walkways and security in corners of your property is also a good way to take advantage of outdoor home lighting. Needless to say, regardless of your agenda in terms of a nightly glow, there are a few questions to ask yourself before you select the right lighting for your home.

“What style am I going for?”

It’s important to acknowledge that your home has its own unique look and undoubtfully you’ll want to select exterior lights that work well with its existing style. Firstly, is your structure modern looking or does it embellish a more traditional, timeless feel? Now, if you aren’t planning any renovations in the near future, you’ll want to stick with your current theme when you plan your outdoor home lighting scheme. Next, you’ll need to consider the colors in your stonework, siding and roofing. Earthy tones, such as beiges or greens, would look best with bronze, brass or copper lighting fixtures. However, if your home features black or grey tones, you should select fixtures that possess a black, pewter, chrome, nickel, zinc or white finish. Lastly, you’ll need to consider the proportions of your home when you’re selecting outdoor home lighting. How much space do you have between your driveway and the highest point of elevation on your outdoor ceilings? Lighting looks best when it sizes up the architecture, so, consider the height and width of your home before you purchase your fixtures.

“What do I want the light to embellish?”

Regardless of whether you’re wanting to use the light for aesthetic reasons, safety for your guests or as a deterrent for crime, the key to finding the right lighting is to select something that correlates with your objectives. Here’s a good rule of thumb to use when you’re selecting lighting:

  • Front porch area: Outdoor LED bulbs have a longer lifespan than the average halogen bulbs and also possess a higher range of illumination. While step-deck lights offer your guest a safe glow for their footing on route to your front door.
  • Exterior surfaces: If you’re looking for security and a pinch of glamor, place a few directional lights along the siding, high ceilings or narrow corners of your home. Not only do these fancy, durable fixtures highlight your home’s surroundings, but they also possess a striking appeal in terms of uplifting outdoor features.
  • Backyard or front yard: Your yard is a fun area to decorate with outdoor home lighting. You can illuminate your flowerbeds with some LED garden lighting, highlight the glow of your water features with some pond lighting or provide an elegant curve of light along your walkways with some path lighting.

“How bright do I want my outdoor lighting?”

More light does not necessarily correspond to better light in terms of exterior lighting. If you’re placing your light fixtures too close to the glass, the strong rays of illumination can often exchange a displeasing glare that doesn’t compliment your home aesthetically. That’s why placement has the power to make or break a perfect lighting scheme.

“How do I want to incorporate energy efficiency?”

Since electricity is something that we use every day, taking steps towards more energy efficient lighting is the very least that homeowners can do to help mitigate their carbon footprint. That being said, not only do LED bulbs offer a great means of outdoor illumination, they also last longer, are available in various sizes and styles and allow you to save money on your energy costs.

Did our guide help you to decide what outdoor home lighting you’ll need to purchase for your illumination makeover? Tell us in the comments section below.

Alex Wilks is the Social Media & Content Creator for Trek Marketing. Her work has been featured on Global News, Black Press Media, andthe Kwantlen Chronicle

Are you on top of your outdoor lighting safety?

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Outdoor lighting radiates far more prominently in the winter months, where the daylight is scarcer and the constant wind and rain make for gloomier, grayer skies. Although illumination is an essential home adornment, as a homeowner, it’s important to familiarize yourself with all your lighting gadgets in order to prevent any accidental short-circuiting or unexpected fires. That’s why as a responsible lighting connoisseur, you should take a few minutes to enlighten yourself and become acquainted with these outdoor lighting safety tips.  

Never use a damaged cord

Whether you haven’t found the time required to replace it, or you simply were out shoveling the snow and pulled the cord too hard, it’s incredibly easy and common to damage an outdoor extension cord. If your extension cord is run-down at either end or is starting to fray in the middle, you may receive an electric shock when you go to plug in into your lights. Also, even though it seems secure, you’re not exercising appropriate outdoor lighting safety by using electrical tape. It’s much easier, and more prudent, to just purchase a new, dependable extension cord.

Use timers on your outdoor lights

Timers are not only a great eco-conscious tool that you can to help you save money, but they’re also a marvelous way to ensure that your home is secure with lighting. The timers can be set to shut off your outdoor lights when the sunrise in your area is expected and vice versa for when the sun goes down. Not to mention, the best part about lighting timers is that you’ll never have to leave the comfort of your home to turn on your outdoor lights.

Don’t overuse your outlets

Plugging an excessive amount of lighting into a single outlet has the ability to wear down and even trip your breaker. As an outdoor lighting safety measure, be sure to check that the electrical devices you’re plugging it do not exceed the recommended watt load.

Utilize your GFCI outlets

Many modern-day homes possess ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets on their exterior. The benefit of these outlets is that there is electric shock protection, which aids in keeping you safe around wet environments. The GFCI outlet trips when there is an electrical current on an unintended path. So, considering it’s only the start of winter, utilizing these exterior outlets are an incredibly advantageous way to promote outdoor lighting safety.

Are there any other outdoor lighting safety methods that you use? Please share them with us in the comments section below.

 

Alex Wilks is the Social Media & Content Creator for Trek Marketing. Her work has been featured on Global News, Black Press Media, andthe Kwantlen Chronicle

Here are some economically efficient ways that you can upgrade your garden

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It’s no secret that proud homeowners take pride in the way their residence looks both on the inside and out. While the layout and design of the home plays an important part, equally as important is how things are placed and the purpose that they serve in the overall construction, composition and arrangement of the household. That being said, many people tend to spend more time and money thoroughly upgrading the interior of their living space, ensuring that their flooring is high-quality and their walls are lavishly painted. But what about exterior home upgrades? The intuitive design of the outside of your home is more than just gardening and the upkeep of its structure, it’s about creating an economically efficient environment that you can also be proud of. That’s why we’ve come up with a few ways that you can make your garden more economic, eco-friendly and an even more stunning outdoor space than it already is.

Install lighting timers

A timer switch is an electric device that controls the timing mechanism of your outdoor lights. Usually when you’re shopping for a timer, you’ll find that they come in mechanical or digital. Known for their durability and weather resistance, these outdoor light timers are the perfect way to control your exterior lights (security directional lights, LED lighting for your landscape and even holiday light decor) as while also saving a bit of money on your energy bill.

Switch to an efficient irrigation system

While it’s hard to imagine working on your garden in the dead of winter, you should keep this idea in the back of your mind for when spring rolls around. An efficient irrigation system for your garden is both economical and valuable. There are two types of irrigation systems — drip systems and rotor heads. While drip systems slowly release water, rotor heads can be adjusted depending on the area you’re wanting to reach. Installing an appropriate irrigation system is a simple, yet effective upgrade.

Upgrade to some more flawless lighting

There is an assortment of outdoor lighting that has the power to dazzle the exterior of your home, as well as put a little savings into your pocket. Installing LED garden lighting creates a show-stopping glow of illumination, day or night. Not to mention, once the clouds cascade over the moon, pure darkness will never fall over your lavish garden. Directional lighting is another upgrade that casts a perfect beam of illumination. Arranging these outdoor lights strategically around your home provides security, style and a dynamic flow of unsullied light. Lastly, we recommend upgrading your LED lighting. While LED lighting is proven to be a more powerful and an impeccably long-lasting investment, it’s also a warm, inviting alternative when compared to the more traditional halogen bulb.

Try composting

Being aware of our carbon footprint is an enlightening way to live, especially when it comes to homeownership. If your municipality doesn’t already handle the composting for you, then you should consider starting one of your own. Composting is a great way to produce nutritious soil for your garden, an efficient way to sort through your waste and an economical abundant way to improve your everyday sustainability.

How are you being economic as a homeowner? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

Alex Wilks is the Social Media & Content Creator for Trek Marketing. Her work has been featured on Global News, Black Press Media, andthe Kwantlen Chronicle