How to Choose the Best Outdoor Lighting
Posted on July 18, 2017
As fall and winter approach and the dark gloom settles in, outdoor lighting becomes very important. Outdoor lighting should be given as much thought as interior lighting. Developing a plan to enhance the architecture and improve the safety of your home is an important step.
The first and most important goal of outdoor lighting is for safety and security. This is achieved by illuminating your front entrance, pathways, and stairs, as well as the darkest corners of your property. All of these areas should be considered when designing an effective lighting plan, as well as making sure your plan can be built upon as time, budget, and exterior space allow.
Once the dream plan is done, the usual starting point would be the outside light fixtures and path lighting to greet your guests. Choosing a look which complements the style of your home’s fade and your existing door hardware is the most creative part of choosing your outdoor lighting fixtures. Personally, I like to mix it up and have fun with my styles and colors, and make my own rules. For example, a stainless steel finish with an ornate design is unusual, and definitely sets apart your style from your neighbor’s. It is easy to choose a style that suits you with the many outdoor lighting options and many combinations of colors and textures in stone and siding materials these days. If you like to keep it simple, many lights come in collections, where different types of outdoor lighting fixtures all come with the same design and finish.
When selecting the lanterns for your outdoor lighting there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration, to assure that the outside light fixtures will meet your needs. Scale, mounting, and bulb types are all very important in the selection process. One of the biggest issues that get overlooked is the placement of the junction box on the wall, which often interferes with the direction the fixture will hang. If hung incorrectly the fixture will not illuminate the surrounding area correctly and may even shine back into your windows.