When creating your outdoor living space there are so many things that need to be taken into consideration. In this blog we are going to discuss lighting. Lighting is generally the last thing home owners think of when it comes to their home’s exterior it but it’s an important purchase that can create a welcoming environment as well as increase the security of your home.
The first thing to think about is the purpose of your lights: design, security or both.
When purchasing for security there a ton of different options that can be utilized at your home. If you find yourself outside in the evening entertaining or even just lounging you will want to make sure that you have the appropriate lighting to perform your tasks while ensuring your family’s safety. There are wall-mounted lights that can be set on a timer, motion detector lights and your run-of-the-mill lights that turn on and off manually. FACT: many crimes result due to opportunity. By providing enough lighting outside of your home, you are offering no hiding places for anyone to take advantage.
For those who are looking to add lighting that will complement their home’s style you will want to make sure that you have a full understanding of your home’s design. For example, a Colonial style home might not look the best with industrial-style lighting. Think of your lights as decorative accents that showcase your home’s unique style as well as your own personal sense of style.
So now that you picked your purpose – let’s talk about the style of lights you get to choose from. These options are wall-mounted so most of them will require you to run electric to your home, but you can find solar powered in some of these beauties as well. Just remember, if you chose a solar powered light – you want to make sure that you have it in proximity of the sun.
- Flash Mount Sconce, Semi Flush Mount, Wall
Lantern, Barn Light, Bulkhead Light, Spotlight and Floodlight
- found in a variety of finishes and colors
My favorite part, DESIGN! Remember you want your lights to compliment your home, so you want to be sure you pair the right type of design to your home’s style.
- Modern/Contemporary, Traditional, Coastal, Cottage/Country, Rustic/Lodge, French Country, Mid-Century Modern, Mission, and Industrial
One of the final decisions you need to make about your outdoor lighting is the power source; electric vs solar powered. The benefit of electrical lighting is that you are always guaranteed lighting, however, these lights should be installed by a professional. When you utilize solar powered lights, you are offered many advantages such as energy efficiency which will save you on your monthly electric bill. The downfall – you need to ensure that they are placed in a spot where the light will get efficient sunlight throughout the day.
Are you ready to light up your outdoor living space? Well, give us a call – we would be more than happy to help you create the perfect ambiance for all of your family’s needs!!!