4 Tips for Choosing Outdoor Lighting

Posted on April 6, 2016 By

imagesYou have invested a great deal of time and energy to create the perfect lawnscape. The shrubbery has been carefully chosen, the walkways curve to complement the design of the house, there are custom designed stepping stones and the natural area is a work of art. However, this is only visible during the day unless you have also taken time to consider and implement the most important feature – outdoor lighting.

Without outside lights, not only will no one be able to see your lawn as the drive pass, but it can be a dangerous place for one to walk. Fortunately, it is not necessary to keep all your creativity hidden by darkness, and even better, there are a variety of outdoor lighting designs that can make it easier to show off your handiwork.

But before you go purchase the entire outdoor lighting section of a store, there are some basics you need to understand. The most important thing being that you want to avoid light pollution. Light pollution is what happens when your lighting is overwhelming to the point of washing out the view of the stars, your natural area or creates a glare that temporarily blinds people. To avoid light pollution, keep these tips in mind:

· Carefully position the lights. You may need to adjust them several times before you get it exactly right.

· Use lighting that has reflectors and shielding designed to concentrate light where you want it.

· Use lower wattage bulbs rather than higher ones as low wattage is usually enough to add the ambiance an illumination needed, without causing pollution. Better yet, the lower wattages cost less to operate.

· Don’t have everything working at the same intensity at the same time. Have separate light zones with dimmers, controls, dimmers, or motion sensors.

Outdoor lighting can be used in a variety of ways an places. For instance, if you want to highlight a single element such as a fountain or art piece, consider using several low intensity lights, rather than a spotlight that will create harsh shadows. For a garden path, the lights need to be placed at equal distances so that each step is illuminated, while a moonlit area can be achieved with blue tinted lights. Love to entertain? Then consider hanging lanterns or simple rope lights that add a festive atmosphere.

When it comes to outdoor lighting, there is no limit to what you can do. From creating subtle highlights to bold illumination, you can achieve the look you want. Outdoor lighting is a great way to show off your delightful yard.

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