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.

5 Landscape Lighting Tips for Outstanding Curb Appeal

5 Landscape Lighting Tips for Outstanding Curb Appeal

Your home is an extension of yourself; it reflects your styles and values. While most homeowners invest a considerable amount of time and money planning their landscaping, selecting only the best plants, trees, flowers, and garden decor items, a landscape element that they often neglect is lighting. Used properly, landscape lighting can enhance your curb appeal at night and allow you to continue to enjoy your investment well past sunset. Here are five landscape lighting tips to help you create outstanding curb appeal at night.

1) Consider your needs and set your goals

With so many fantastic options for outdoor lighting, it’s easy to get carried away. Before you begin choosing the most suitable light fixtures, it’s crucial to first consider your needs and the effect you want to create and set your goals. Since landscape lighting accomplishes many different things such as improving the overall aesthetics, security, and usability of your space, your objectives will determine the best choices for you.

2) Cover all the basic elements

There are a few essential elements of landscape lighting that you should always include in your design. The areas to address are: your driveway, pathways, entryways, patio or porch, plants and trees, and ornamental garden or architectural features.

3) Create visual interest by combining ambient, task, and accent lighting

Use a combination ambient, task, and accent lighting to make your property stand out. Ambient lighting refers to the overall, general illumination of your space while task lighting provides light for a specific task or function, for instance, lighting focused on your barbecue. Accent lighting, on the other hand, accentuates a particular element, such as a water feature. Using all three options will add dimension to your landscape.

4) Choose the correct lighting technique(s) to achieve the desired effect

Depending on the effect you’d like to achieve, you will choose different lighting methods. Down-lighting, which involves directing the light downwards, is an excellent technique for a soft, romantic feel whereas up-lighting, which requires focusing the light directly on specific elements of your yard, results in a bold, dramatic look.

5)  Place your outdoor lighting fixtures at night

Most people position their landscape lighting fixtures during the day, and when they turn the lights on at night, they realize that it doesn’t quite look right. We recommend placing them at night so that you can check the effect and make the required changes.

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4 Reasons to Have Outdoor Accent Lighting

4 Reasons to Have Outdoor Accent Lighting

Outdoor accent lighting, also known as directional lighting, directs light at a particular object or architectural element you want to accentuate. Often used to illuminate and highlight a specific plant, tree, or prominent feature, it adds visual interest to your property while providing a multitude of benefits to homeowners. In this blog post, we’ll discuss four reasons to have outdoor accent lighting.

1) To enjoy your landscaping at night:

Whether you’ve toiled at it and completed your own landscaping or whether you’ve hired a professional landscaping service, there is no reason you should only enjoy the fruits of your labor (or your investment) during the day. Outdoor accent lighting directed at shrubs, plants, trees, or your most prized decorative feature will allow you to continue to enjoy the beauty of your garden.

2) To enhance your home’s curb appeal:

By incorporating outdoor accent lighting, you’re increasing the curb appeal of your home. For instance, you could illuminate a stone path, specific areas of the garden, or the majestic trees in your front yard. Accent lighting adds warmth to your property and creates an inviting and convivial atmosphere.

3) To extend the usability of your outdoor entertaining areas:

Outdoor entertaining areas require a combination of task and ambient lighting such as accent lights to get the best results. While task lighting is best for areas such as the grill, accent lighting, used with additional ambient lighting is excellent at creating a warm atmosphere around the seating areas.

4)  To add value to your home:

Outdoor lighting is a great investment and an inexpensive way to increase the value of your property while making it stand out at night. If you’re planning on selling your home, it can help you get a higher valuation and convince that potential buyer to put an offer on your property.

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