Published at Friday, 28 June 2019. Outdoor Lighting. By Jolee Leroy.
Outdoor Table and Floor Lamps: For those who favor ambient lighting instead of overhead lighting, but still want the comfortable appeal of indoor-style lighting, outdoor table lamps paired with outdoor floor lamps might be your best bet! Available in nearly as many styles as indoor lighting, you can certainly stick with your design scheme while creating your lighting scheme! A lot of lines contain short table lamps and tall floor lamps that match each other, which will give you a more holistic pattern. While, mixing and matching styles can certainly create interest. Plus, outdoor lamps can be moved to wherever you need more lighting. If you split your outdoor table and floor lamps between your outdoor seating area and alfresco dining room, you can move all of the lighting toward the outdoor dining set when the family is gathered there for an intense game of Scrabble. After all, you'll want to make sure nobody is substituting a ”Q” with an ”O” because the low lighting lets them get away with it!
Patio Lights – These are vital if you want to use this valuable space in the evening, or during the night. Patios are popular entertainment areas and it can be difficult to find illumination to add to the ambiance of the area, as well as providing enough light for normal vision. The answer is to choose two or more different types: perhaps fairy lights for creating a nice atmosphere, and wall lanterns for general illumination. Flood Lights – These can be used to illuminate a large area. Flood lights are normally affixed to the ground or walls and can also add light to a specific area, such as a patio or flower bed. They come in a wide variety of finishes like bronze, steel, plastic, etc. Floodlighting your garden or backyard can create a safe and well-illuminated environment. Since these are designed to be weather resistant and tamper-proof, they can last for many years.
If you want to light a large area, say the backyard for when you let the dogs out at night, spotlights or area lights are a good choice. Spotlights can be used anywhere you need a large amount of light, are typically installed on a high point of a house or garage so the light can expand over the area. Small spotlights can be used closer to the ground to point light up, at the exterior walls of the home, a group of shrubs or a tree. Next, outdoor landscape lighting is about highlighting the best features in the yard. Its main purpose isn't really for security, however, it can help. So, the same steps can be done as with security lighting to determine your outdoor lighting needs. This time think about visual appeal, step back from the home and think about what you would like to see which areas would be best to accent. In the front yard, it may be the pathway from the driveway to the front door, the landscaping around the edge of the home, a water feature or tree. Or, in the backyard look at areas like, the patio or deck, gardens or around the pool.
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