You don’t have to stop the fun at sundown just because your outdoor lighting is poor or absent. When you go outdoor light shopping, never forget that the market is flooded with different products that are not created equal. You have to consider a few basic points before actually paying for anything.
Three Types of Lighting
First of all, get acquainted with the three key lighting types – ambient, task and accent lighting. To create ambient lighting, you can use wall, post and/or hanging lights. Two common choices for task lighting are pathway lights and deck lights. Accent lighting can come with spotlights and landscape kits.
Computing for Your Requirements
To know how much light is needed (total wattage) for your outdoor space, multiple its square footage by 1.5. For instance, for an area of 200 square feet, 300 watts is required. Pro tip: LEDs (instead of halogen or incandescent bulbs) offer energy and cost savings, and are maintenance-free.
Making a Plan
Using a paper template, know a fixture’s size and position before buying it from a store. If you’re planning to set up an outdoor wall light in your back patio or front porch, get one whose height is more or less one-third of the height of the door. The materials should also be made of high-quality materials, making them sturdy and weather-resistant. One of those kits that could be plugged into an outdoor outlet makes a good quick fix for your lawn, and so is solar landscape lighting.
An Inside View
Looking at your outdoor spaces, such as your garden, pathway, porch, etc., from inside your home can help you decide which outdoor lights to buy. For example, having the right lighting in a garden that can be seen from your living room, creates a room-expanding effect at night time.
Soft Light for Entertaining
Your guests won’t likely appreciate the spotlight when enjoying their outdoor meal, so stick to soft glow lighting. So the best choices for your outdoor dining area would be pendants, outdoor lanterns and other along those lines. A dimmer sure comes in handy for these fixtures – turn it to high for the food prep and cooking, and low for eating and interacting.
Lastly, while outdoor light should offer a desirable ambiance, it should work to secure your home too. Make sure all your entry points are well-illuminated. Every side of your garage door (outer side) could use a wall lantern, or you can install one at the center on top. For more security, you can set up spotlights on your eaves to illuminate any shadowy areas in your property, and install wall lanterns too on your garages, windows and similar locations.