The right outdoor lighting to get you through fall

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A crispy, cool scent is in the air, as the crimson red leaves begin to blanket the majority of your backyard space. Autumn has finally arrived. Although the colors and temperate climate are rather mild during the first few weeks of the season, these conditions will slowly fade as the nights become longer and rays of daylight diminish. As cooler, rainy evenings consume the weather forecast, you’ll want to find other ways to brighten up your spirits and your home. Avoid falling behind on seeking the appropriate backyard lighting solutions. After all, don’t you want to take advantage of your backyard all year long?

One of the key ways to enjoy your yard or porch during the harvest season is by ensuring that you have the right lighting that will suit all your moods and outdoor activities. Whether you are sitting out on your wrap around porch watching the rain trickle down, or snuggled up in your backyard staring up at the moonlit stars, you’ll want to ensure that you have enough lighting to brighten up your surrounding area.

Path Lighting

Use path lighting to brighten up your front walkways for all the guests you’ll be having over this fall. After all, autumn is a season of warm gatherings and socialization. Whether it be treat-or-treaters running along your driveway to get to their candy or your family member gently stepping towards the front door with a divine Thanksgiving turkey, path lighting ensures that your guests arrive safely to your doorstep.

LED Lighting

The autumn season is known for being its foggy, dark visibility and as the temperatures give way to the change in seasons, you’ll need to prepare yourself for less natural light, and longer periods of darkness. Stay out of the dark by upgrading your outdoor lights with some LED bulbs. Not only are LED lights more powerful, but they are also more energy efficient. Longer nights mean more energy is going to be consumed, especially if you want to keep your home well-lit when the sun sets. Also, if you enjoy looking at your garden, it’s worth Installing some high-quality LED garden lighting. This will allow you to accent your backyard at night all while illuminating your beautiful home.  

Step-Deck Lighting

Outdoor entertaining doesn’t have to stop just because fall is here. If you have a nice awning or gazebo, accompanied with a few outdoor heaters, you’ll be able to enjoy the perks of your backyard on autumn evenings. Although the act of sitting in complete darkness is never enjoyable. Drape your area with delicate, white string lights, install a few clean looking step deck lights for safety and enjoy the crisp, coolness of fall without fighting off the darkness.

Directional Lighting

Illuminate the beauty of your home, all while providing appropriate security measures, with the use of directional lighting. Whether you want to showcase a bare tree to add a spooky element for Halloween or simply shed a little light on the darkest corners of your property, directional lighting is able to provide strong, focused, elevated lighting that perfectly points like a spotlight at any desired area.

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When to downlight or light up your landscape

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Light has the ability to evoke emotion and add a tasteful element of beauty when it is placed in the right spot. Needless to say, It can be very challenging, but also fun, to mount your outdoor lighting either above or below features in your garden, depending on what you are hoping to illuminate. In the end, it is all about direction. Whether you delicately place lights in your trees our strategically mount lights along a pathway, there are so many possibilities when it comes to directional lighting.

When should you light up your landscape?

Up lighting provides your backyard with alluring effects that embellish your landscape. When outdoor lights are mounted below a tree or shrub and are shined upwards, they have the ability to show off added elements of the plant or structure that is not as visible during the day.

For instance, directional lighting that is placed upwards shows the intricate details and bumps of the tree bark, the curvy structure of the branches and the gentle venation pattern of each individual leaf. When it comes to architectural structures, lighting up columns has the ability to add a dramatic effect by casting shadows against the pillars.

It is important to note that you can also up light your garden using well lights — fixtures that sit even with the level of the ground shining directional lighting onto lower sitting shrubbery. These lights are ideal for flower beds because they shine straight up highlighting the beauty of the petals.

When should you downlight your landscape?

Although it may seem like the more light you have to display your garden features at night the better, sometimes less is actually more when it comes to lighting. Outdoor seating is a perfect feature to consider downlighting. Usually benches and chairs are not as pleasing to the eye so when you cast a subtle shadow, usually underneath the objects, they are highlighted enough to see in order to navigate around them, but not highlighted as something that needs to be put on display.

Use faux lighting to resemble natural lighting

One of the best and most effective form of downlighting is the beautiful hued glow of the moonlight beating down upon your garden. If the moon doesn’t always grace you with its presence, perhaps placing a light fixture high up inside your tree could offer the same aesthetic appeal that feels natural to the eye.

Patios, driveways and ponds are two ideal places that always look amazing cascaded under moonlight, while also helpful to guide you in the pitch darkness. Entertain your guests with your own moonlit sky and light up your garden the way mother nature does with some awesome directional lighting.

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Questions to ask yourself when selecting the right outdoor lighting

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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.

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