Questions to ask yourself when selecting the right outdoor lighting

outdoor lighting

People install outdoor lighting for a variety of different reasons — style, security and safety — but before you invest the time and money into exterior home lighting, it is important to ask yourself the right questions. Answering these questions will allow you to make a plan to achieve the best lighting effects for your home or garden.

What is the style of your home?

Whether you have a small townhome porch or a vast outdoor garden, your lighting needs to match surroundings.

The first step to achieving the right outdoor ambience is to consider the style, colors and proportions of your home. Is your living space modern or traditional? Does it have any colored siding or roofing? What are the tonal colors of the finishes? How tall is your architecture? Once you address all these questions, purchasing outdoor lighting will be much easier.  

Where should you add some light?

One of the keys to using lighting to your advantage is to know where it should be placed throughout your exterior space. Well your home probably already possesses a porch light, adding some directional lighting can really help to illuminate your surroundings. Do you have a nice pond or flower garden as well? No problem. Invest in some underwater pond lights or some path lighting to guide your guests along your beautiful backyard walkways.  

How much lighting is too much lighting?

When it comes to lighting, more light does not necessarily mean better light. Exterior lighting choices are essential to creating the right backyard ambience. More light can typically cause a harsh glare making your outdoor space uninviting. When you choose your outdoor lighting fixtures, consider placing some low voltage bulbs. Not only are they more energy efficient, eco-friendly choices, but they also provide your home or garden with a softer flow that can deliver the perfect amount of illumination.

How important is it to have energy efficiency lighting?

While you have many choices for energy-efficient lighting, it is important to find the bulbs for your lighting needs.

Your outdoor lighting shines and glows far longer than any indoor lighting throughout the day, especially in the darker, winter months of the year. In the long run, saving energy by using better light bulbs will put money back into your pocket. While LEDs are more expensive to purchase, they last far longer than other traditional light bulbs on the market and they work far better for individuals that live in cooler climates.

Are there any other questions that you need answered before selecting the right outdoor lighting for home? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

 

Showcase your garden at night with a variety of directional lighting

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Just like stadium lights that brighten up an entire field, outdoor directional lighting has the ability to completely change the way your landscape looks. Especially when it’s against the backdrop of the midnight sky.

The key to showcasing your garden at night comes down to your ability to control and manipulate a variety of directional lighting. Directional lights help you create different styles and moods, as well as provide you with a great opportunity to showcase your garden when the sun goes down.

What is directional lighting?

The best feature of directional lights, or flood lights, is that they allow you to control the direction your light is flowing. These controlled beaming lights are typically used to provide a higher light level to some direct surrounding areas, which makes them ideal to use to showcase any element that you want to stand out.

Accenting is one of their specialties. Flood lights are a perfect addition to any home and can be used to highlight works of art, architectural features, plants and pretty much anything that you find interesting.

How does directional lighting create moods?

In a world where we want every moment to be camera friendly, lighting is the key to creating the mood. Light has the ability to highlight parts of a tree or even a bed of flowers in bloom. Needless to say, understanding how light works gives you the ability to manipulate the scene and create the mood you desire.

Focusing your flood lights on a certain area can brighten the space and provide a shadow effect behind objects. The further away you place your directional lights, the softer the highlighting light will be. If you use multiple flood lights, they can even bounce off each other and create a deeper intensity.

Garden features are great candidates for directional lighting. Highlighting a beautiful foundation, a large maple tree or a prized statue are all great reasons to use flood lights to add some uplifting drama to your landscape.

Some directional lights to consider

Low voltage landscape flood lights are able to create a bright, softening light that is perfect for highlighting any trees or plants outside of your home. With a charming, sleek, rust colored finish, this landscape flood light would make a great addition to any garden.

Directional lights are always offered as quality LED lights. This product includes tempered heat resistant glass, a silicone gasket and a heavy-duty ground spike to make it easy to place in your grass or garden.

Not only are you able to highlight the beauty of your backyard, but you can do it with a more energy efficient alternative.

Have you ever used directional lighting to highlight any part of your garden? Tell us about it in the comments section below. 

 

Awesome things to do in your backyard this summer

summer backyard ideas

Stepping out into your backyard should give you the same cozy feeling as climbing into your own bed after being away from home. Whether you’ve custom designed your outer space, or are working with already established features, make it a dream oasis for relaxation and entertainment. Consider the following summer backyard ideas for creating an awesome at-home venue for everyone to enjoy.

Comfy Camping

Camping is a great outdoor activity, but you can easily turn your yard into a spectacular spot for appreciating the elements. Gather up snacks and blankets, set up your tent, and take in the wonders of the night sky. If you’re short on space, make a tabletop fire bowl for roasting marshmallows and sitting back to star gaze and identify constellations. If possible, create a lounge area with air mattresses and cardboard “cars” for kids, so you can watch movies on an inflatable or a makeshift screen. Strategically place landscape lights and lanterns along the walkways, for safe, well illuminated movements between the yard and house.

A Perfect Corner Hideaway

A little backyard nook is similar in theory to personal camping, as it’s part of making a warm, inviting outdoor space. Fashioned from string lights, colorful fabrics and expressions of your interests and tastes, picture a super snugly cocoon where the world is yours.   String a hammock between shady trees, make a teepee out of branches and curtains, or drape a canopy over your favorite chaise lounge or chairs. Add plants, tea lights, and pillows and make it the perfect retreat for reading, artwork, yoga, meditation, staycation picnics and whatever else serves as down time.

Outdoor Fun and Games

Sometimes the best ways to unwind are the simplest and the silliest. Use pavement chalk to leave cute messages for loved ones, or adapt the game of Twister to the lawn. Arrange directional lighting so that you can play croquet, horseshoes, miniature golf or swing on repurposed tires or chairs even when the sun sets. Kid-friendly summer backyard ideas include:

  • puppet stages
  • faery gardens
  • hopscotch
  • water gun and bubble making stations
  • scavenger hunts
  • in-ground trampolines
  • water balloon and papier-mâché candy-filled pinatas
  • ball pits, homemade slime pits and sensory stations made out of kiddie pools

Pool Parties for Everyone

Bold, bright dishware, tiki torches, palm trees, inflatable chairs, and low-voltage pond lighting enhance pool areas, but what if you don’t have the space for swimming? Lay a tarp out under a sprinkler for a slip-n-slide, or simply set up a water obstacle course with kiddie pools. Collect stones from your yard and surround neighbourhood parks as well as make your own pebble mats for everyone to clean or dry their feet off on. Toddler wading pools are also terrific for dogs. Make sure to place them under shade so your pup can stay cool.

Creature Comforts

Part of choosing decorating and lighting ideas to make your yard more inviting for yourself is also keeping it a peaceful place for all inhabitants. Since you’re most likely sharing yard space with a few creatures, make it appealing and comfortable for them too. Designate a spot away from where you entertain, for bird-houses, bird-baths, and bat-houses. Avoid food waste by stocking a butterfly feeder with old fruit that the insects love and craft obstacle courses for squirrels to navigate as they forage for nuts and treats.

Multi-Purpose Fencing

Fencing does more than establish privacy and borders, it’s also a wonderful canvas for the imagination. Use slats to mount sculptures, flower pots, or musical instruments. Transform a flat surface into a climbing wall, or use it as a background for to paint glow-in-the-dark murals. With LED garden lights to complement the perimeters, you can create quite a visual statement!

What’s your favorite thing to do in your backyard when the sun is shining? Tell us in the comments section below?