Valentine’s Day: How to Create a Romantic Mood with Outdoor Lighting

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to let the one you love know just how much you appreciate them. For some couples, it’s a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant; for others, it’s a quiet night in, with that nice bottle of wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion. If you fall in the latter category, here are some amazing outdoor mood lighting ideas that are sure to make your Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart a memorable one.

Dazzling Decks

Do you want to wow your significant other with an elegant outdoor dinner? While we can’t help with dinner, we can help you create a romantic atmosphere with lighting. If you’re serving dinner on your deck, use a combination of deck lights, string lighting, and flameless candles to add a touch of romance to your backyard. Make sure to choose a warm light, in the 2000k to 3000k range, that will add softness to your outdoor space and refrain from using anything above 3000k.

Glistening Gardens

What about a night-time picnic in your garden? Let’s face it, without the correct lighting, even the most magnificent of gardens can look dull and uninspiring at night. The good news is that the right lighting elements and techniques can help you transform your garden into an enchanted wonderland at night. With a combination of garden lights and lighting techniques such as moonlighting and grazing, you can create a space that’s warm and inviting and perfect for Valentine’s Day (or year-round) romance.

Shimmering Pools

If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, why not plan a beautiful poolside dinner, and possibly a romantic swim? Turn the pool lights on and use a few whimsical string lights and flameless candles to decorate your table. You can even set up a few flameless lanterns around the perimeter of the pool for an added touch of romance.

Other Outdoor Mood Lighting Ideas

  • For added ambiance and to set up a luminous background for your romantic evening, line fences and hedges with additional strings of light.
  • If you have any romantic architectural or garden decor elements, such as a beautiful statue, use directional lighting and the up-lighting technique to highlight them.
  • Employ lighting contrasts when setting up your romantic scene. For example, a combination of dimmer deck lights that provide a low, soft glow can be paired with a brighter, eye-catching light to create drama.
  • Rather than haphazardly placing your flameless candles, try setting them up in a heart shape for a more Valentine’s Day feel.
  • Add Valentine’s Day decorations to your front entryway and use directional lighting to showcase your efforts. You can even dim your porch lights or replace the bulbs with a Valentine’s Day color such as pink or red.

What do you think about our outdoor mood lighting ideas? How do you plan on making Valentine’s Day special for your loved one this year? Let us know in the comments section.

Outdoor Lighting: What is Light Color Temperature?

Outdoor Lighting: What is Light Color Temperature?

When choosing the right lights for your outdoor environment, there is a multitude of different factors to take into consideration. For example, the wattage and the design of the lights you select will impact the effect of your landscape lighting. Another important aspect to consider when picking lighting for your outdoor space is the color temperature of the lights. Here’s an overview of what light color temperature is and how it will affect the look of your outdoor lights.

Light Color Temperature

Light color temperature is a way to describe how the light appears to the naked eye. Color temperature is measured on the Kelvin scale from 1000 to 10000. So, for example, lights that indicate they have a 2000k to 3000k range will produce warm white light while anything between 4600k and 6500k will mimic daylight in its appearance. Choosing the right light color temperature for your outdoor space is just as important as choosing the right wattage when is come to aesthetics and visibility.

The best color temperature range for outdoor lighting is warm white light or anything below 3000k. Anything above the 3000k range will give off a bluish hue that will make your outdoor space look unnatural and jarring. This is especially true of LED lights because their light quality is crisp and clear in comparison to other lighting choices, and therefore, they can have an overpowering appearance when they have a high light color temperature range. For the best outdoor lighting results, warm white LED lights are ideal.

Layering and Other Lighting Effects

In simplest terms, light layering refers to the use of highs and lows to create beauty or drama in your space. This is especially important for outdoor areas not only because layering creates different moods for different locations, but it allows you to tailor different lighting experiences for different uses. For example, you may want your pathway lighting to be brighter than that of your patio.

Additionally, if you have your pathway lights on an independent transformer from that of your patio lights, there is a wide variety of dimmers and controllers you can take advantage of to create a different look and feel for your patio space. It’s important to note that these effects only work if your color temperature is 3000k or below because anything above this would be too garish and overpowering to be orchestrated properly.

What light color temperature do you use for your landscape lighting? Do you agree that warm light looks best? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Commercial Spaces

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Commercial Spaces

One essential aspect of any location-based or brick-and-mortar business is the outdoor view of your company, including your grounds and signage. In many cases, this will be the first impression that new clients have of your company. While it’s easy to display these features during the day, nighttime viewing is impossible unless you have proper landscape lighting. And with business hours extending well past five o’clock in the afternoon, outdoor lighting is becoming an increasingly important concern for companies. Here’s a list of outdoor lighting ideas to consider for various types of commercial spaces.

Elegant Pathways and Entrances

Make your business look as inviting as possible so new clients feel comfortable visiting your establishment. So, for evening hours, make sure to use beautiful pathway lights that will catch the eye of new customers and make it easy for them to walk to the front door of your establishment.

The front door and windows of your business should always be adequately lit, especially if you operate a retail store. For retail establishments, front entrance lighting not only illuminates the entrance way for potential customers, but it also gives them a better view of your window displays, making a strong impression. Both pathway and entrance lights should be long lasting and provide the best visibility for your clientele.

Additionally, if the pathway to your company has landscaping elements such as bushes or flower beds, it’s important to a combination of flood, well, and directional lights so your customers can enjoy the beauty of your grounds. Make sure to incorporate a variety of lighting techniques to add visual interest to your outdoor space.

Stunning Signage

Whether your establishment is open at night or you simply want to make sure that passers-by take notice of your business, it is essential that your signage is well lit so customers can read it. You can achieve this by using a couple (or more, depending on the size, of well-placed spotlights that clearly show off your signage.

Using landscape lighting to illuminate your signage can prove to be more effective than simply using a sign that features built-in lighting since it is easy to change the position or increase the number of landscape lights depending on weather conditions or times of the year. With most built-in lighting system, this is not yet possible. Additionally, if there are shrubs or other landscaping elements featured around your signage you can use strategically-placed spotlights to highlight both your sign and landscaping.

Outdoor Space Illumination

Whether you have an eatery that features an outdoor bistro area or bar that has an outdoor lounge, it’s crucial that your outdoor space is well-lit so your customers can enjoy their experience. If your outdoor space can be seen from the street, it’s in your best interest for it to look amazing because it can draw new customers to your business.

For an outdoor eatery try combining well lights, flood lights, and the down lighting technique to create an area that is warm and well-lit. Down lights can be especially impressive if your outdoor space features trees or tall bushes. Well lights and floodlights can be used to illuminate walkways, landscape elements, and even the tables themselves.

For outdoor lounge areas you may find that a few well-placed patio lights are all you need to illuminate your space. The beauty of these lights are that they’re not overpowering, so you can always add flameless candles or other lighting options for aesthetics.

Other Things to Consider

  • Whenever possible, choose LED lights for your outdoor lighting since they are the most economical of all the outdoor lighting choices due to their long-lasting nature and energy efficiency.
  • Aside from the aesthetics, your outdoor space should be well-lit in order to keep your customers safe and your company safe from liability.

Have you used any of these outdoor lighting ideas to illuminate your commercial space? Has it improved your bottom line? Tell us about your experience!