The Do’s and Don'ts of Outdoor Lighting
Landscape lighting requires more than just a haphazard collection of spotlights in your yard. To highlight the architectural and landscaping features of your home, you need to strategize where the lights should go and what material to make the fixtures, among other details. If you’re unsure of where to start with planning this project, here are the main do’s and don’ts when designing outdoor lighting.
Use LED Lights
Now an industry standard for landscape lighting, LED is an environmentally sustainable option for your yard. They last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they are incredibly energy efficient, turning 80-90% of their energy into light rather than heat. As a result, they are also safer because they emit less heat. This sustainable option isn’t just great for the future, they’re also powerful light sources, and they come in a variety of hues. For your outdoor lighting, opt for a warm-toned LED light to avoid a harsh glow that strains your eyes at night.
Invest in Fixtures That Withstand Weather Conditions
Outdoor lighting needs to have the durability to withstand the elements, whether your home faces blistering heat, bone-chilling winters, or heavy rain. Choose fixtures made of durable materials that can handle being outdoors during these periods of inclement weather. Besides its stylish appearance, heavy brass is tarnish- and corrosion-resistant in the face of heavy winds and rust-worthy conditions. Work with your lighting specialist to choose the right option for your hometown’s biggest weather concerns.
Light Pathways & Steps
Strategic landscape lighting through multiple fixtures is not only an effective way to highlight your home, but it is also an essential tool to light pathways. Down lighting on walkways and staircases throughout your property makes them safe and easy to use at night, as the light directly faces the surface. It also helps to avoid overdoing the nighttime brightness on your property, which can make it hard to sleep inside if it is too powerful. To make the most of pathway lighting, stagger the fixtures for a more styled look, rather than a straight runway look of aligned ones.
While outdoor fixtures should illuminate your yard, it shouldn’t feel like you have floodlights on at all times. When lighting your home’s exterior, use a strategic combination of fixtures that highlight its architectural features and provide adequate security in every shady corner. A lighting specialist can help you organize this delicate balance of providing sufficient lighting outside without undercutting the ambiance of nighttime in your yard. For lighting not directly focused on lighting your home’s exterior, opt for smaller fixtures with lower wattage. When in doubt, less is more.
Shine Lights Directly Into Your Home
When positioning spotlights on features of your home, avoid pointing them directly into windows. It can not only distract from sleep in bedrooms, but it can also be unnerving not being able to see anything outside the window besides light. To avoid this issue, filter spotlights through landscaping in your yard to create a shadowing effect. For featuring your upper story, don’t put lighting in the surrounding trees. Opt for low-voltage lights that offer a gentle glow throughout your yard.
Cover Wires in Mulch
For extensive landscape lighting, you need to go the extra mile with the wiring. While it is an additional step in the process, thoroughly bury all wiring and cords regardless of if they are by your grass or not. If you choose simply to cover them with mulch, you run the risk of wiring shifting over time or even getting destroyed by the lawnmower. Save yourself the hassle of replacing all the wiring by putting in this added bit of effort when you initially install the fixtures.
From spotlights and floods to wall lights and posts, Hansen Wholesale has you covered on all your outdoor lighting needs. To learn more about our vast selection in a variety of styles and finishes, give us a call today at (800) 201-1193.