When you’re focusing on how to light your outdoor living space, you’ll want to concentrate your efforts on three areas: accent, task, and overall. Accent lighting highlights a specific feature or area, like a water feature. Task lighting makes it easier to see as you’re accomplishing an activity, like enjoying a meal with family and friends. Overall lighting aims to brighten up the entire space so that you can enjoy backyard barbeques, pool parties, and birthday soirees. Regardless of the type of lighting you’re looking to add to your outdoor living space, here are some points to consider before you begin the project:
Have a plan ahead of time
If you begin purchasing fixtures and hiring a team to come hang lights with no real sense of the overall vision for your outdoor living space, you’ll probably end up with some regrets about the finished product. As excited as you might feel about transforming your outdoor living space, put in the pre-planning work needed to ensure that the lighting options you choose give a cohesive feel and illuminate the necessary areas perfectly.
Choose your fixtures carefully
When selecting a fixture for your outdoor living space, you’ll want to consider the area in which you’ll place this particular fixture. You may spot a great piece that you’d love to have in your backyard, but if it’s too large and won’t fit easily over the patio table you bought it to illuminate, you’re going to be in for a disappointment. Also, don’t forget to carefully check the materials. You want it to be made of weather resistant, durable substances that won’t take a beating during heavy rain or humidity.
Focus on key spots to brighten
While lighting adds ambiance to your outdoor living space, it also serves an important function: to keep guests safe and to deter intruders. When you’re deciding where to place outdoor lighting, there are a few areas that should earn your focus, including:
- Your home’s entry points
- The sides of the house
- Outside of the garage
If you’re not totally sure which spots you’d like to illuminate, think about how your backyard looks when you’re sitting inside your home. What are the focal points? It may be a fountain, a pergola, a pathway, or a deck.
Beware of light pollution
You want to be able to maximize the use of your outdoor living space, and proper lighting makes this possible. However, improperly placed lights can cause significant light pollution as they negate your view of the stars, wash bedrooms in light and make it hard to sleep, and drive energy bills up. Here are some ways to keep light pollution to a minimum:
- Use low-wattage lighting: Higher watt bulbs drain energy, and don’t necessarily improve your ability to navigate your backyard at night. Opt for low watt choices whenever possible in order to create a soft glow, without an unpleasant glare and high energy bills.
- Place lights on timers: This will ensure the lights are in use only when you’re actively enjoying the space, and not when you’re trying to get rest or watch TV inside the home. When brightening up entertaining areas, keep the lights soft and subtle. No one wants to feel like they have a spotlight on them as they’re enjoying a meal in the evening.
Consider the use of LED bulbs
Not only are they more energy efficient than other options, but they also last longer!
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