First and most important, your outdoor light should build a safe and inviting atmosphere beyond your home. With so many varieties of outdoor light available today, how will you pick the best accessories for your home? Continue reading to discover more about the fundamentals of selecting and putting your outdoor lighting, no matter what space you want to illuminate. The lighting effect is the most important aspect of what we do. Every home has a different layout, so we take your entire property into consideration, from the grade and existing landscaping to the build and color of your home. We work to create a cohesive space both inside and out, and we take our cues from years of past projects, so there’s nothing we haven’t seen before.
Lighting Your Home’s Entry
At the home’s main entry (usually leading door), your outdoor lighting should illuminate the lock and help you identify visitors. A good choice is using an outdoor wall light on either part of the door. Secondary entrances should also be well-lit, but a single fixture will normally suffice for those other entrances.
Although many homeowners prefer decorative outdoor lights at the home’s entrance, the most important thing is not how it looks, but rather that the fixture provides enough light without causing glare. It is a good idea to choose a design that allows plenty of light pass through.
Lighting Stairways and Passages
At steps and passageways, make sure that your outdoor light gets to steps, slopes or other changes in the grade for safety. (Deck and step lights are a good idea here!) To light breezeways, pathways or other passages, you will want to use fixtures that aren’t too shiny. Choosing a fixture that is too shiny helps it be harder to start to see the surface during the night or anything around you! If required, use some outdoor lights, such as landscaping path lighting, to light these areas.
Lighting Your Deck and Patio
To ensure that your deck or patio is a functional social space, mount outdoor lighting fixtures at the height of your patio furniture cushions. This could keep folks from getting severe glare to them when they sit back to savor the area. Test the elevation before installation to ensure there will not be any soreness, specifically for shorter or taller people. When planning outdoor lighting for your terrace or deck, pay special focus on areas where activities are performed, like across the barbeque grill or at the poolside. Consider adding extra job light wherever it’s needed.
Lighting Your Garage and Driveway
On the driveway turn in, think about using a pair of outdoor post lights to announce your property. They don’t need to be overly bright to be effective, but you don’t want to skimp on quality here. It’ll make it easier for visitors to find your home. Consider adding extra lighting to the garage door for an added measure of safety. (Garages of different sizes are best served by different variations of lights–check out How to Choose the Right Size Fixture for more information.) If your driveway has a basketball hoop, it too can be easily illuminated from the roof line. For easy maintenance and energy savings, you may want to consider a light with a photocell or timer so it turns on and off automatically.