Outdoor Lighting Design Tips

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Outdoor lighting is an excellent way of decorating your home. Besides enhancing security, the lights make the property more attractive and magical, more so when dusk falls. But just how can you use lights to actuate such an invigorating landscape design that blends naturally? Here are several practical tips worth considering.



Decide how to use the outdoor space



The first thing you should do is to determine the outcome that you want to actuate. For instance, is your intention to facilitate a weekend entertainment, prevent slip and fall injuries, or solely to enhance the property's architectural aesthetics by making it alluring to prospective renters and buyers? Whatever your intention may be, it is important to go for lighting solutions that will help you in your quest. Besides, bearing in mind that there are hundreds of outdoor lighting solutions in the market, clarifying your objective beforehand will make it easy for you to identify what equipment to purchase.

Avoid sparsely placed lights



Many homeowners, with the intention of saving a few bucks, often install one or two lights along the walkways, or in the backyard. While such a move might help you to save money, it does not create a magical night scene. Remember it’s an investment property and instead of going that route, consider installing the outdoor home lighting in such a manner that they adequately highlight: the pathways, steps, trees, patios, entry points, as well as unique architectural structures such as pools, water fountains and much more.

Use LED lighting solutions



When installing outdoor home lighting equipment, it is judicious to invest in solutions that will last long, to keep you from climbing trees or digging through snow frequently to change the bulbs. To this end, the LED lights are an excellent pick. They are remarkably durable and can last up to a hundred thousand hours. Moreover, they can withstand inclement weather like hail, winter storm or the hot sun. Another impressive trait of the LED lights is that they boast of unique, versatile qualities. They come in an assortment of colors, and you can dim, brighten or manipulate them to create whatever illusion you want.

Have a focal point and a sense of depth 



The trick to a great outdoor home lighting exercise is to identify one or two elements on the property to towards which you will draw attention. It could be an exciting feature like a waterfall, swimming pool or oriental outdoor plant. Whatever you decide to be the focal point, you should use the lights in such a way that they not only highlight these features but also create a sense of depth.

Position your outdoor lights at Night



The best way for you to identify the perfect outdoor lighting design is to conduct the installation exercise at night. Under cover of darkness, you can get a full understanding of how trees, bushes, or any other object on the property, cast shadows. Subsequently, it becomes easy for you to position your lighting equipment where it will give you the best service possible. Moreover, you will not waste precious time on trial and error exercises since you will get instant feedback on how the lighting arrangement plays out.

Combine Overall, Accent and Task Lighting



An ingenious outdoor home lighting design is one that offers a variety of visual interests. For instance, it should include overall lighting solutions to light up the entire landscape, accent bulbs for accentuating the architectural elements, as well as task lighting solutions for illuminating specific functional purposes. Combining all these landscaping lighting solutions helps to create a fuller feel, and sparks life into the property.

Determine the lighting strategies



As stated above, you can play around with outdoor lights to create different effects. You, should, therefore, consider what nightlife impression you want and install lighting equipment that will help you actuate it. Typically, you have three main ways of aiming the lights. These include up-lighting, down-lighting, and cross-lighting. 



i. If you wish to create a full moonlight effect on your property, then the down lights should be your choice. All you ought to do is to place the bulbs on a raised surface, for instance, a tree or tall lamppost, and aim the lights so that they point downwards towards your property.



ii. Still, if you want to create a strong dramatic effect characterized by an emphasis on bright light and dark shadows, up-light outdoor solutions will suffice. Just aim the lights upwards towards an interesting architectural feature or a tree.



iii. However, if you want to create a magical effect of an incredible outdoor that does not have shadows, then you need to look for lighting solutions that will help you cross-light the property. You then only need point your property’s focal points from all sides.



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22 comments

  1. These are some great ideas for outdoor lighting, we have a few solar powered lights but not many so I'm going to have to look into doing something more, I really do fancy fairy lights.

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  2. My yard gets so dark in spots. I have been working on putting up solar LED lights strategically to brighten things up.

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  3. This is a beautiful idea and totally enhances the beauty of any place, it is looking so festive.

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  4. So many great ideas! I wish I was a home owner so I could jazz up my own garden like this!

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  5. Oh I love outdoor lights ! So pretty thanks for sharing your hints

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  6. Outdoor lighting is awesome because you can entertain outside after it is dark. That's why we have outdoor lighting. This is great advice for good outdoor lighting. I personally like LED lighting.

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  7. Love the outdoors lighting! I have a lovely garden which I have worked on for ages but I'm missing some lovely lighting! Thank you got the advice!

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  8. Fantastic! I really do love, love that ladder with the lights. I'm sharing this. So fun.

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  9. This is a great resource. I have a small front yard and I am planning to add outdoor lighting to it soon. Thanks for the tips!

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  10. This post could not have come at a more perfect time! We haveb iterally been painting fences today as we are in a new build so the garden is a blank canvus and we care currently deciding what we want to do and how. I know I want bright colours and lots of lights but thats it. Thanks for the tips

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  11. I've put lights into plantpots and love the soft feeling of outdoor lighting.

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  12. Great ideas on lighting design! Never really thought of designing it like this.

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  13. Outside lighting looks so beautiful when its done right. I think the fun is picking where to put them and what type of lights you want.

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  14. This post is right on time! At the moment I'm contemplating the best way to light my outside balcony. Thanks for the tips! -Simply Tori

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  15. It's important that you know what theme to follow and it's good to know what you're using the backyard for. These are great tips! I really appreciate them because I'm going to redesign my backyard this year!

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  16. So many great suggestions! I like the idea of lighting the garden and the outdoor and i love candles all around the place, it's just so romantic!

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  17. What a timely blog post! With summer in full swing, we are spending more time in the blacony.

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  18. I really do think that outdoor lighting is so cool. They turn the outside spaces into real living spaces, especially during the summer. It is hard.

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  19. when you do this well and at the right time as timing is important, you get the best feeling in the outdoor areas, its so cool to make every area of a house lively and full of light and effect.

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  20. These are great lighting tips but, I would hesitate to do any of it myself. I have sensor lights in my front yard and path walk lights.

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  21. That's so beautiful. You can instantly turn your backyard into a romantic dinner getaway. I love it. I'd even consider doing that indoors.

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  22. Cool chandelier! Nice home design. See also useful products on this site.

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