OUTDOOR LIGHTING SELECTION
Trying to decide on outdoor lighting can be a little difficult. Because the
selection is so vast, for both functionality and appearance, trying to
choose just one definitely takes serious consideration. Remember, you want
outdoor lighting to be well designed so that when installed properly, it
will be useful by providing just the right amount of lighting while also
providing you with a sense of security. In addition, good outdoor lighting
should be energy efficient and affordable.
When making your selection for outdoor lighting, there are specific things
to think about. For example, you want your lighting to be soft yet provide
just the right amount of light. What you want to avoid is glare, which will
cause problems in seeing clearly and could be a serious problem. For
example, if walkway lighting is glared, it could cause someone to stumble
You also need to consider your neighbors. Take sensor or motion lighting
for example. While this type of outdoor lighting is excellent for
protecting your property, if animals come up onto your deck at night, the
night could flip on and if not directed right, glare right into your
neighbor's bedroom. Therefore, whatever selection you choose, be sure it is
attractive for your home and those around you.
Then, energy is really important when making your selection on outdoor
lighting. Good lighting should not waste energy but save you money. When
energy is wasted, you pay a lot more on your monthly electric bill.
However, by choosing the right type of lighting, not only will t look of
your home look better but you could easily save between 40% and 50% off your
annual bill, which is quite a savings.
Another consideration for choosing outdoor lighting has to do with what they
call "sky glow". With this, the installed lighting would do no more than
shine up to the sky, which means that the beauty of your home and
landscaping fades away. The key with any lighting selection is to find
options that provide you with adequate light but not too much, lighting that
uses fully shielded lighting fixtures, meaning the fixture control the
amount of light output, maintaining it in the intended area, and then
finally, a good selection would be lighting that is optimally effective.
Just remember that you want your outdoor lighting selection to be an
enhancement to your home. That means that not only would the fixture itself
look great with the type of home you have but also the type of light the
fixture emits. Since different lights can produce different and varied
beams, this too is important.