How to Use Outdoor Lighting to Increase Curb Appeal at Night

Pride of ownership is evident when you come across a beautiful, well-maintained home, surrounded by a tastefully landscaped garden. If you’re a homeowner who’s worked diligently at the upkeep and improvement of your property and its grounds, using outdoor lighting can help you show off their beauty well past sunset.

Highlight decorative elements, plants, and shrubs

If your home features architectural details such as an intricate column or if your garden boasts an exquisite statue or fountain that you’re particularly proud of, using directional lighting, such as our stunning Brass Low Voltage Directional Lighting, pointed in the direction of the element you want to accentuate will make it stand out at night.

To highlight the texture of a stone or brick wall, you can use a lighting technique known as grazing by placing your light fixtures right next to the structure with the light directed upwards, casting a delicate shadow.

You can also use spot lighting to show off impressive plants and shrubs in your yard. Use a combination of lighting techniques, such as uplighting, moonlighting, shadowing, and silhouetting to create drama. Well lighting is an excellent choice if you seek to create intrigue and would like to experiment with light and shadows.

Illuminate stairs and walkways

Well-lit pathways and stairs don’t only create a welcoming atmosphere, but they also make your space safer, preventing accidental trips in the dark and deterring potential intruders from entering your property.

By using both path lighting and step deck lighting, you can illuminate high traffic areas of your garden. While it’s important to have an adequate amount of fixtures to provide sufficient lighting for your space, be careful not to place too many lights too close together, which can result in your yard resembling a runway rather than improving nighttime curb appeal. Refer to the photo above to see a good example of how just a few lighting fixtures can beautify your walkways.

Use underwater lighting for pools and ponds

There is no denying that pools and ponds completely disappear without lighting at night. To continue to enjoy their beauty after sunset, install underwater lights that will not only add an element of playfulness and a captivating glow to your backyard but will also make sure that your water features are visible at night, preventing someone from accidentally falling into your pool.

Make sure to pick professional-quality, preferably LED, lights that are completely sealed and specifically designed to be submerged in water.

How do you use outdoor lighting to increase your property’s curb appeal at night? Tell us in the comments section below.

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.