When designing your home or renovating, exterior lighting is an important feature to take in consideration; more we will say, equally important as interior lighting. Beside, that it should be properly and functional, to provide relaxing atmosphere, it should provide in the same time safety and fun.
If you own a garden or small patio, the lighting will have a big impact to the whole look , and that’s why more attention should be payed to, where you will set the lights and what kind of lighting you want in these spaces.
Choosing between so many lights, shapes, colors; floor, wall or hidden lights, it is not an easy task if you have no experience in this department.
A designer will definitely help you find best solution, and right lighting suitable to your exterior.
Let’s talk about safety
When installing outdoor lighting is as much about safety as it is about aesthetics. It doesn’t matter how well you know your home, relying on street lights, its not a good idea.
Illuminating your path including the steps and your entrance is a must. No matter the design your choose, should be a practical and safe solution. Placing lamp posts or path lights along your walkways is a much more practical—and safer!—solution.
Decide which fixtures and style will work for your home
With so many available categories of exterior lights fixtures, you can feel a little bit lost when choosing them.
Depending on the exterior design of your home, everything will become much easier.
If having a modern contemporary home, the options are infinite. We love combining hidden lights with bollard lights – which are vertical posts, and used to increase visibility along architectural paths, steps and long driveways.
Are you planning your indoor lighting to mimic the style of your outdoor light?
Do you have a completely different architectural home exterior and want to accentuate that instead?
Or, minimalist approach is close to your heart, so the fixtures almost disappear?
Lighting styles, just like furniture and home accessories, are vast, from Modern and Art Deco to Neoclassical and French Provincial—and many more.
The greatest exterior lighting development during recent years is that technology has advanced it to be just as decorative and varied as lighting fixtures indoors. So, you will definitely find something to achieve your desired outdoor lighting style.
Highlight your landscape decor
By placing outdoor lighting throughout your landscape, you can highlight many of the features you already have. Guide people to your front door over paths and walkways with lighting.
Place lights next to water features like fountains or ponds, or to spotlight trees.
Using lights throughout your flower beds will also show off all the beautiful colors, so that you can even enjoy your garden at night.
The most trendy feature in outdoor lighting is solar – powered outdoor lights. These lights are cost efficient, as they are powered by the sun.
They are also easy to install since they do not require extensive wiring. Since they are not wired in, solar lights are also a more flexible lighting option as you can move them around to different parts of your landscape.
Solar lights are a great option if you have kids or pets because there are no wires to pull on, and there is less risk of cutting through wires while you are gardening.
Solar lights are also the safer option, because they are less likely to start a fire than traditional electric lights. Outdoor solar lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit every decor including lanterns, novelty lights, and string lights.
Hire a PRO
“Establish what task you are looking for your lighting to accomplish,” and advise your designer.
Designer professionals have an important role to play in both small and big projects. They help you bring your ideas to life and advice you whenever necessary.
They have years of experience in this area of expertise and hiring them would prove to be a wise and sensible decision. There are lot of benefits of hiring a professional to get this job done.
A designer adds aesthetics to your home and therefore increases its value. Hiring a professional for this job ensures the success of the project, with less time and energy wasted.
Ultimately, lighting will bring curb appeal to your home.Inverse Group