OUTDOOR LIGHTING TIPS
If you are thinking about adding outdoor lighting to your home, you want to ensure you do things right so the results are not just good but truly amazing. With the right lighting, you can create shape, color, shadows, emotion, and a sense of drama, mystery, and romance. When choosing outdoor lighting, you need to keep three specific things in mind: orientation, aesthetics, and most importantly, safety.
Outdoor lighting can be used for safety, keeping intruders away and to help people not to fall when walking up stairs or down a pathway. In addition, it can create an illusion that enhances the appearance of your home and landscaping, making things look beautiful. Finally, outdoor lighting can add perspective visual effects, and other orientation type things.
Again, choosing can be difficult, especially with so many different options on the market. However, when looking for outdoor lighting, remember that practicability is crucial. For instance, you want the lighting to offer sufficient lighting but not too much. The lighting should do the job, light the way, but not overkill with too much brightness that takes away from the beauty life can create.
Outdoor lighting should also not produce glare. For example, if you plan to set up lighting around an outdoor pool or waterfall area, then you want the water to be reflective, not harsh. Additionally, if you are thinking about adding sensor lights or motion detectors for security purposes, then choose lighting that is both attractive and functional.
You want to illuminate only what you want to see and nothing more. For instance, if you have a beautiful tree or bush, or perhaps a stained glass window, then you want the light to hit those things and not the area around it. Then, if you need to soften the appearance of the light or create something exceptional and dramatic, colored lenses or diffusers can be used.
Finally, when choosing outdoor lighting, you want to go with low voltage lighting that will not produce so much heat to cause potential fire hazard. You have so many great choices to complement your home. Just always remember that your lighting should be functional, serving the purpose for which it is intended and it should create a beautiful illusion so your entire home is magnificent, the envy of every neighbor.