A few handy outdoor lighting techniques

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The transition to fall can sometimes be depressing especially after you’ve spent months enjoying the longer hours of daylight. Needless to say, a good way to brush off the autumn chill is by upgrading your outdoor lighting to something a little more efficient for the months ahead. Most homeowners choose to install lower-voltage or LED lights, while others invest in some directional lighting to provide accent throughout their garden. Some outdoor light aficionados may even strategically place path lighting along their driveways in order to provide an extra glow for when the sun starts to set in the late afternoon. While the practicality of having the appropriate outdoor lighting seems more necessary this time of year, it can also prove to be a rather enchanting way to illuminate the surroundings around your home.

The more darkness there is, the more light you’ll need

It’s no secret that you’re missing the days of summer. As darkness begins to fold across the sky earlier in the day, the need for exterior lighting becomes more demanding. These longer periods of darkness usually correspond with higher energy bills, due to the fact that your household lights, both indoor and outdoor, remain on for a lengthier period of time. An easy way to combat the cost of energy is through the use of both low-voltage bulbs and LED bulbs.

Combined together, low-voltage and LED lights require less energy and usually possess a longer lifespan than the traditional light bulb. If you’re going to spend hours utilizing your exterior lighting throughout the colorful season, it only makes sense to purchase bulbs that offer you savings. Shedding light doesn’t need to be costly!

Directional lighting accents your surroundings

Another solution to the darkened gloom that often follows fall is directional lighting, which allows you to showcase all of the striking elements of your garden through the overcast shadow of an average autumn night. As one of the best ways that homeowners can enjoy their garden year-round, these lights have the ability to either up light the intensity of light towards your favorite, gigantic tree or downlight the radiance of light onto a garden statue.

Directional lighting is also used as a means of security, often facing the glare in the direction of a very dark, inactive corner.

Light your way with path lighting

It’s always a good idea to add some light to your walkways as the change in natural light shifts. In the summer, it’s still bright and sunny when you return home from work, but in the fall, you’re usually left with sunsets barely hanging on by the time you reach your porch. Not only will upgraded path lights help you find your way to your doorstep, but they can also help your invited guests see their way as well.

Step-deck lighting increases your visibility

Incorporating step-deck lighting provides a little warmth to the chill that is offset by a brilliant fall evening, the aesthetic appeal to your properties surroundings and the security that is needed to avoid any careless accidents.

Step-deck lighting is designed to illuminate your backyard, with durable fixtures that highlight your deck as a main focal point. Why shouldn’t you be able to look out your window and enjoy the featured elements of your garden?

How are you using lighting to your advantage this fall? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

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.

How else do you upgrade your lighting for autumn? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

Proper outdoor lighting adds safety and security to your home

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Using outdoor lighting as a means of security is often something overlooked by most homeowners. While directional lights, path lights, step-deck lights and other well-lit garden lights often supply enough power to brighten up your outside space, they also provide your home with enough safety and security to deter any unwanted visitors — both human and animal — all while enhancing your outdoor living space. But just how do they keep your property safe?

Outdoor lighting adds safety to your home

A dark, dim lit property poses a number of risks to you and your visitors. Putting acts of crime aside, when walkways and stairs are not lit properly, it’s hard for people to see those obstacles, which could result in a bad fall.

The best way to avoid this hazard is to install lights along your walkways and steps to improve the visibility of the surroundings once the sun goes down. Path lights are always a good source of illumination along your walkways and often come in a variety of designs to suit almost any kind of outdoor decor. Garden lighting is another handy option as it outlines the proximity of the area all while accenting the beauty of your yard.

Outdoor lighting adds security to your home

It seems like a no brainer that when the lights aren’t on, nobody’s home. Criminals feed off of this notion assuming that the homeowner left for a night out, but forgot to turn on any interior or exterior lighting. Needless to say, outdoor lighting has been known to deter some crime once darkness rolls around.

Flood lights, or directional lighting, is a good choice for added outdoor illumination. It targets certain areas of your property, shedding light on all the corners of your front yard, backyard, porch and driveway. To save money on energy, and to avoid your home looking like Alcatraz, some directional lights offer the option to be installed with a motion sensor. If a motion is detected, whether it’s a guest or an intruder, the light will turn on. Now that’s security at its finest!

Outdoor lighting adds functionality to your home

If you don’t believe that you need any added security or safety features for your home, then at least use outdoor lighting to provide an extra element of functionality. Exterior lighting allows you to enjoy your backyard deck or patio even after the sun has set for the evening.

Deck lights or stringed twinkly bulbs can also be integrated around your outdoor entertainment space to provide an enhanced, ambient look to your space. Overall, illuminating the area will allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy the visibility of your backyard whatever the time of day it is.

Do you use any form of outdoor for the safety, security or functionality features they offer your home? Tell us in the comments section below.