Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Outdoor Lighting Tips

There is a wide array of outdoor light types, styles, and designs these days. From incandescent light bulbs which are still available in the market, to the fluorescent, and to the latest LED light. Each kind is made for different uses but all lights are just made mainly to make a bright place and to add aesthetic value to a setup.

Good outdoor lighting can help us create a great place for dining, get together, and receiving guests outside the house. Add an outdoor patio heater to the setup to keep a warm and comfortable ambiance and a patio umbrella for cover. Wide open space, fresh breeze, and relaxing outdoor views are the reasons we consider creating a functional outdoor place.

Lights are also great for adding aesthetic value. Good lighting draws attention so they are good to use for highlighting featured elements, patio furniture sets, and focal points to an outdoor space design.

Setting up a good lighting requires planning and a right choice of light. You can plan a lighting setup or design but materializing it needs some knowledge. If you do not have some technical know-how about lighting you need an advice or assistance from a professional. You can also find good guides from the internet.

Here are some tips to help you get started planning.

Determine the Purpose
It is best to determine the purpose of your outdoor setup first. This step will help you find the best and functional outdoor lighting solution. You must know that each outdoor space design has its own applicable lighting.

Light Color Matters
Surface colors do not work very well in creating a color themed outdoor setup at night or in a dark area. Daylight lighting works well for intensifying surface colors but it can be an impractical and expensive solution for you.

Colored lighting is a great alternative solution to get that color themed setup and to create a specific mood in your outdoor space. Light colors can create a great display as well as a specific mood.

Get Familiar with Light Types
Each type of light works and operates differently. It is helpful if you have some knowledge to help you choose the most applicable one.

Solar powered lights do not add to your electric bills but they are less bright. However, they are good for highlighting your garden and as a path light because they do not need direct wiring.

Battery powered LED lights are also popular today. They are handy, economical, and have many purposes. They are used to decorate, highlight, and even provide alternative room lighting. We can find them useful in outdoor getaway and camping. They are also used as a outdoor umbrella light.

On the other hand, electric lighting is a common and is good at providing brighter light.

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