Is Your Outdoor Lighting Too Bright?

If you or a neighbor have noticed a glare coming from your outdoor lights, the problem may be that your lights are shining outward, rather than down, directly on what they are supposed to be illuminating.

It’s important to remember that good neighbor etiquette doesn’t start and end with keeping music to a low volume, indeed, the brightness of your outdoor lights will also impact the relationship you have with your neighbors.

Of course, people want and need outdoor lighting but to avoid any conflict, the remedy can be as simple as installing unidirectional lighting with shielded fixtures or flush-mounting, rather than unshielded floodlights.

If the purpose of your outdoor lighting is to simply illuminate objects, you can choose lights which are typically lower wattage (and therefore reduce energy consumption). As well as enhancing the visibility of the illuminated area, there is also a reduced glare.

The great thing about smart lighting is that it’s directional in nature. This means that rather than lighting the sky, it just illuminates the intended area. We may be unaware of this, but the natural light of the sky that we’re used to may be largely influenced by the number of outdoor lights. The more people that have awareness of the glare of their outdoor lights, the more likely they can play a role in reducing light pollution.

The Beginner’s Guide To Choosing Landscape Lighting

If you have no idea where to start when it comes to buying outdoor lights, this post is for you. For many people, outdoor living spaces are becoming an integral part of how we live, with a wealth of options to help illuminate our gardens. From deck and pond lighting, to well lighting and path lighting, there are a multitude of options to consider. So why is landscape lighting important?

Installing landscape lighting not only enhances the beauty of the features in your garden, whether that be architecture, fountains or paths, but it also increases the value of your home, adding to its aesthetic appeal. Having good landscape lighting also prolongs the time space in which you can use your garden, and ensures its safe and secure.

When choosing the best type of landscape lighting for your garden, you need to consider a number of factors. For this reason, first timers choose to work with a professional landscaper who is knowledgeable about the best types of lighting for your garden as well as methods for installation.

Of course, you can do it yourself without any help from a professional, but you’ll need to familiarize yourself with each type of lighting and how they work first. Low-voltage landscape lighting is easy to work with and doesn’t necessarily require professional installation for this reason. For low-voltage lighting, you’ll also need to purchase a low-voltage transformer.

Choose whether you want to install halogen lighting, which produces a higher intensity light which is very bright and white, fluorescent lighting, which produces very little heat, while giving off cool, visible light, or LED lighting which is long lasting and energy efficient. LED lighting is quickly becoming the favorite for this reason, although keep in mind that the upfront costs are more expensive than for halogen or fluorescent lighting.

You should also familiarize yourself with where to place lighting for the best effect. For example, it’s usually best to place path lighting between one and two feet from the path to illuminate it. Ground lighting may be enough to highlight the path, or you might find you need a combination of high and low lights for the best results.

If you are unsure of the best lighting to use and how to install it, consult a licensed professional. If you’re looking to buy outdoor lights, check out our website, or contact us for more information.

4 tips for outdoor lighting in fall and winter

A well-lit home is a safe home, and when adequately lit, it can help to protect your home, offering you peace of mind. Typically, the exterior of our homes is more of a priority during spring and summer when flowers are in bloom and the lawn is beginning to look lush and green, but it’s important to incorporate lighting all year round. Here are our top tips for outdoor lighting in the fall and winter months.

Don’t overlight your garden

When the nights are darker, many people choose to use more lighting, but it’s important to be weary of overlighting. When the light shines into indoor rooms, this can be extremely distracting, not just for you, but for your neighbours. Ensure your garden is safely lit without overwhelming your eyes too much.

Positioning is everything

The position and colour of lighting have a major impact on overall lighting schemes when it comes to outdoor lighting. Try to be strategic with angling, for example, with path lights, point them away from your house, not toward. Also be mindful of when choosing the colour of your lights not to overdo it.

Create drama with pockets of light and shadow

Rather than blasting an outdoor area with lots of light, creating drama with pockets of light and shadow can be really effective. By positioning the lighting fixture close to the surface – whether that be the bark of a tree or ripple of a brick wall – you will better define features and create depth of field.

Stick to halogen lights on the ground

During winter, particularly snowy months, lighting can be muted or completely masked. If you use LEDs on the ground, they are more likely to be disguised in the snow, so you won’t enjoy all the benefits of the installation. Using LEDs up in the eaves of a home and halogens on the ground is a good rule of thumb.

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