Well-designed lighting provides an entirely different experience when you are outside and when you pull in at night. It also creates wonderful new nighttime views from inside the house looking out.
Here are a few tips to ensure you make the right choices.
SAY YES TO LED
Reasons to choose LEDs over Halogens:
-They last 6-7 times longer than halogens.
-LEDs are 80% more energy efficient.
-They produce beautiful warm light.
The only downside we see to LED is that it does not get hot enough to melt snow, you may not be able to see the light after a heavy snow fall. Also, since the lamps last 10 years or more, people tend to neglect fixtures.
START WITH SAFETY
Lighting steps and walkways looks great and will make your family and guests feel safe and comfortable.
Think about dark areas guests encounter when approaching your entrances and dark areas you see looking out of your windows. Adding subtle light to these areas will add depth and dimension while providing a comfortable, safe feeling. Also, be sure to place fixtures so they are not shining directly into people's eyes!
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
Outdoor lighting is more than just lighting up the outside.
-Leaving some dark areas enhance the quality of lit areas.
-Some trees look great lit up, some do not.
-Varying brightness and direction can add depth to your nighttime view.
It is also important to use quality fixtures, lamps (bulbs), and connections. Cutting corners on these three items will lead to problems down the road. Quality choices upfront will mean stress free enjoyment of your outdoor lighting.
Accent lighting has the ability to enhance the best aspects of your landscape, walkways, and home, while adding to your security. Effective lighting takes into account the contrasts between light and shade, angles, direction, intensity, and energy use.