Published at Thursday, 27 June 2019. Outdoor Lighting. By Jeena Mace.
By modifying outdoor illumination to work with the Dark Sky Movement, homeowners are enjoying a more efficient use of their lights. They can receive the same amount of lumens with half or one third of the wattage. New outdoor lighting fixtures are being produced by manufacturers which work in compliance with the Dark Sky Movement. Homeowners can even change current light fixtures into a Dark Sky fixture for a nominal fee. While not an official government standard, lighting fixtures are being evaluated in terms of their compliance and those which fall within the category of compliance are offered a seal of approval that states that the fixture meets all requirements. Over seventy five lighting manufacturers enjoy the seal of approval.
Some of the choices for landscape lighting are pathway or walkway lights, which are typically low voltage lights or solar-powered, so set up is a breeze. These lights are a great way to start, an easy and affordable way to add outdoor lighting, without breaking the bank. These lights can make a big difference, and are available in many styles and colors that can fit with your individual preferences. If you find that the patio or deck is on your list for outdoor lighting then you are not alone. A popular trend right now is turning a deck or patio into an outdoor living space. So many of us spend most of the day inside at work, so having a nice outside space, to get some fresh air and to spend the evening has been the option of choice. It doesn't have to take a lot of lighting to change the look and feel of you outdoor space, whether it be for security or aesthetics, it just has to be the right lighting.
Outdoor fixtures are often either absent or done with too much lighting. It is important to take an objective look at the exterior of your home from the curb. Determine which aspects of your yard deserve to stand out. After dark, walk into your home from the curb and note which areas look dull and need outdoor light fixtures. You can add outdoor fixtures around your front door or along your walkway aimed toward any trees to make the appearance more interesting. If you utilize fixtures during later afternoons and the early evenings, you can highlight architectural details of your home.
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