Published at Friday, 28 June 2019. Outdoor Lighting. By Jolee Leroy.
Lighting your patios, walkways, gardens and other outdoor areas can be both an art and a science. From the science point of view, when choosing the right bulb or fixture, you should think of the practicalities. From the art point of view, how the bulb or fixture affects the beauty of the outdoor areas is usually considered. Thanks to improvements in bulb and fixture technologies, these two perspectives can go hand and hand these days. Choosing the right outdoor lighting for your outdoor living spaces is one of the most important considerations when building a home. You should make sure that outdoor lights are functional yet aesthetically appealing at the same time. Fortunately, accomplishing this is not as difficult as before due to wide array of lighting available nowadays.
The majority of our exterior lights are best if they are outdoor security lights that brighten up all entryways or walkways leading to our homes. We may even want to consider motion-detection lights, when some type of movement is sensed at all entrances to our homes. This type of lighting is also excellent for detached garages, storage sheds, gates, and for garages that are attached to the house. Dusk-to-dawn sensors and motion-detection lights are also good for covered porches for illuminating the area to welcome guests to our homes.
Post Cap Lighting: Decorative post caps are a fantastic way to add lighting and style to your outdoor room. They are designed to attach to the railings on steps or fences, posts of a porch or garden bridge, or any other outdoor structure with posts. One great part of post cap lighting is that it adds wonderful accents to our outdoor living space during the day, while lighting up the area at night. Most post caps are either low-voltage electrically powered or solar powered. Electrical lights will likely be more dependable and may provide more light, but they do require a skilled electrician to install the wiring and ensure safety. Solar powered lights use a completely renewable resource to ”power-up” during the day, and then shine bright all night! Certainly the green and sustainable option, they also boast the easiest set up. Just attach and you're done! Though, some might find them less dependable. It all just depends on your preference! A long line of post cap lights across an entire porch or backyard structure will likely provide enough light for a party or get together. Though, if you wanted to use lighting to highlight a certain spot, like the outdoor dining set, you'll want to augment this lighting option with accent or hanging outdoor lights.
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