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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The benefits of choosing LED lighting

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Not long ago, there was very limited choice when it came to light bulbs. You would choose a wattage based on how bright you needed the light to be and there wasn’t much else to decide on. After some time, traditional incandescent bulbs became a phase as people started to seek more energy-efficient light sources. LEDs in particular are a far more energy conscious and green system of lighting, and since 25% of the average energy budget goes towards lighting, they are well worth your investment. Here are the main benefits of choosing LED lighting.

  • LED bulbs use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs
  • They produce less heat, and because of their design, remain cool to touch
  • They don’t contain toxic mercury or filament. They also reduce CO2 emissions
  • They are far more durable than other kinds of bulbs because solid state LED technology is vibration and impact resistant
  • They have excellent cold weather performance. They perform well at a low temperature, minimizing fire risks greatly
  • They direct light efficiently. LED bulbs produce highly directional light, sending all the light exactly where it’s needed. More control over beam direction means less wasted light
  • They are more efficient and longer lasting forms of technology they actually last up to 50,000 hours (that’s the equivalent of leaving a light on permanently for three years!)

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How to save energy on outdoor lighting

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With fall upon us, we’re met with shorter days and longer nights, which means utilising lights inside and outside our homes. Switching to energy-efficient sources can drastically cut your energy bills, so we’ve put together our top tips to save energy on outside lighting.

Low-voltage lighting is a good option for decorative and landscape lighting. Most of our lights are low-voltage and use LED lamps, which are well-suited for outdoor use and use less energy than halogens. LED lights also last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

Lights that have enclosed fixtures are a great option for outdoor lighting, since they are protected from the weather. This elegant small hat shape fixture provides a circle spread of warm light.

The sun may have disappeared for the most part, but when we’re blessed with the occasional sunny day this fall, you could try solar outdoor lighting fixtures. Easy to maintain and install, solar fixtures work well for lighting driveways and paths and make a beautiful addition to your garden.

You should also be sure to clean bulbs and fittings regularly to avoid them getting dirty, which reduces light input and efficiency.

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