Published at Tuesday, 25 June 2019. Outdoor Lighting. By Blondelle Guyon.
More and more people are spending more time in their outdoor living areas these days. Many houses now have outdoor kitchens, decks, patios, gardens and backyards where people can relax. In all these areas, the outdoor lighting plays an important role. Obviously, lighting is necessary during the night. It can also make your outdoor look more beautiful. Outdoor lighting design can set the mood of your outdoor living areas. For many people, they put outdoor fixtures up for practical purposes only. They do not usually consider the aesthetic value of a properly lit area. However, those who realized the importance of lights can put them to good use. They can definitely make their outdoor areas come alive with the help of well-chosen lights. Strategically placed lighting can highlight the beauty of your home and surroundings.
Solar lighting now seems to be very popular among homeowners because you do not any wiring to worry about and they do not need to be plugged in anywhere. There is a wide selection of styles to choose and they are easy to install and the upkeep is very simple. Solar outdoor lighting is an easy way to lighten up walkways, garden pathways, pool areas, and steps. These lights use photo cells that charge a solar battery or NiCad battery during daytime hours and will send power to the light during the night. Solar lighting kits do not have wiring unless you purchase the ones used as spotlights to shed light on objects that are in the shade. These units use a solar panel that is detached with a thin wire from the light source, this way the light is situated in the shade and the solar panel is sitting in a sunny area absorbing the energy.
There are new city ordinances that are attempting to thwart these negative effects but lessening the outdoor lighting we use. Commercial and residential lighting should seek now to only shine light upon the areas seeking to be lit, not upward into the atmosphere. The Dark Sky Movement seeks only to face lighting downward, instead of above a horizontal line. This does not mean that homeowners are forced to devalue the exterior of their homes or cannot enjoy aesthetically pleasing lighting. What it does mean is that homeowners are enjoying the additional bonus of reducing energy use by using lower wattage bulbs to achieve the same outdoor lighting they had enjoyed before. Before this movement, homeowners would be forced to implement outdoor lighting which opened at the top and bottom, requiring a higher wattage bulb. Now, with no light meant to shine from the bottom of the fixture, the wattage can be reduced.
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