With summer rapidly approaching, we spend more and more time outside. As fun as it is to hang out in your garden, it’s easy to lose track of time, especially when you’re having fun with family and friends. One moment you’re enjoying the sun, and the next one, you’re being chased by mosquitoes and have trouble seeing the path back to your house. If you’re hoping to spend more time outdoors than you did before, it’s a good idea to invest in some nice outdoor lighting. There are many different options available, so we put together this easy guide to help you choose.
Where do you want to place the lights?
First and foremost, you have to be sure where exactly you want to place the lights. There’s a huge difference between creating ambient lighting with little fairy lights wrapped around a tree or a bush and pendant lights on the porch. What area of your garden should be illuminated? Do you want to be able to see the stone path between rose bushes, or do you want to be able to read while sitting under a tree? All these questions are important, and before you go out and buy light bulbs, chandeliers, solar lamps, or string lights, it’s a good idea to have answers. Thinking in advance about the space and the atmosphere is incredibly helpful in shaping your lighting design.
Motion sensor lights
Suppose you’re worried about your safety and would like to add an additional layer of security to your home. In that case, motion sensor lights are the answer. These lights only activate when they sense movement, meaning they will turn on when you go out on your deck or when someone parks in the driveway. These lights can be big enough to light up the entire driveway or small enough to cast soft light on your porch, so think about the perfect place for them before you go shopping. Usually, motion sensor lights have three types of settings that allow you to control the sensitivity, the time it will take to activate the light, as well as the hours it will work so they don’t light up unnecessarily during the day.
There are two types of floodlights to choose from standard and spike floodlights. While spike floodlights are most commonly used as decorative or ambient lighting, standard floodlights are used in places where you need a lot of direct, strong light. You can place spike lights along the line of trees or bushes, at the foot of shrubs and slopes, or even behind flower beds. Spike floodlights give off soft, diffused lighting perfect for showing off your garden or pointing out any obstacles you might have in the garden. Standard floodlights, on the other hand, are the perfect choice for those who like to work at night and need a lot of light to do so. They are usually very powerful and can easily light up the entire deck they are directed at (or even your courtyard). People often install them above entrance doors and bay windows.
If you’re hoping to achieve a romantic atmosphere but are mindful of your electricity consumption, solar lights are the perfect choice for your garden. These lights are commonly equipped with a small battery that is powered by photovoltaic cells. This means that light sensors work to activate the lamp after it gets dark. Because they don’t need an external power source, you don’t have to think of power connections or digging trenches. The only downside is that these lights aren’t able to give off a lot of light because they are limited by how well the battery performs. Because of this, solar lights are usually installed as additional or decorative lighting. You can also install several smaller outdoor solar lights along your driveway or pathway or illuminate the foot of a shrub or flower bed.
Outdoor table lamps are the ideal choice for people who want to create a cozy atmosphere around their garden dining area. There are so many different styles and sizes available that you’ll have no problem finding the perfect one for you. When you find the one(s) you like, simply place them wherever you need additional lighting: around the dining table, under the gazebo, or even directly onto your outdoor furniture. Outdoor lamps give soft, gentle lighting that will be perfect for a romantic atmosphere that goes well with long summer evenings. Don’t forget that you will have to have a power supply nearby to plug them in, so think about building one into your decking or on an outer wall.
Very similar to pendant lights, you will install outdoor ceiling lights on fixed structures. However, unlike pendant lights which provide more direct lighting, ceiling lights are softer and give off just enough light so you can see when you’re outside without it looking too harsh. Depending on how big you want them to be, you can install several smaller ceiling lights or a single big one. If ceiling lights aren’t an option, you can pick outdoor bulkhead lights instead. This is a type of wall light that it is completely contained within its casing. Because of this, bulkhead lights offer a bit more diffused lighting than a typical wall lamp. The best thing about these lights is that they can be installed virtually anywhere you don’t need direct lighting, such as along a walkway or driveway.
By investing in good outdoor lighting, you’ll be able to spend more time in the fresh air even after it gets dark. You won’t accidentally get injured trying to find your way around in the dark. The right kind of light will turn a creepy garden into an inviting one, and you will enjoy both evening barbecues with friends and romantic dinners with that special someone. Explore different options and pick the one that works best for your garden and your plans for the future; you’ll be amazed at what difference a good light makes.
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