How to Choose the Perfect Outdoor Lights

There are many benefits to consider when stepping up your outdoor lighting game this summer! From entertaining in the evens to enhanced security, outdoor lights are a great idea for every home. So where do you begin once you’ve decided to add lighting to your home’s exterior? 

Planning For Exterior Lights

To get the perfect lights for your space, you’ll need to know where they’ll be placed. When planning for exterior lights, it’s important to take a look at your hardscapes and home at night. Driveways, pathways, and steps should always be illuminated to create a warm and welcoming scene, while also maintaining a level of safety for yourself and guests. It’s also helpful to consider where you’ll be spending most of your evenings outside, and then plan accordingly. Keeping these areas well lit, as well as doorways and other entrances, will also ward off any potential intruders! 

Know the Different Types of Outdoor Lighting

There are three main types of lighting and a good lighting plan should combine all three types to light an area, according to function and style. The three types are:

Task- Once you’ve figured out your goals for outdoor lighting, task lighting should take priority. Task lighting is going to illuminate your pathways, entrances, and your driveway. If your fixture is exposed to the elements, you will want to make sure to get a wet-rated fixture.

Accent- Make your yard come to life at night by highlighting trees, statues or fountains, and other features in your yard with accent landscape lighting. 

General- You have your essential areas covered and have added accent lighting to areas you want to draw attention to, now it’s time for the finishing touches! Consider the mood you’d like to create in your outdoor space and go from there. You can utilize stylish lanterns, string lights, or solar-powered orbs to give your backyard the relaxing ambiance right out of a fairytale. Again, the possibilities are endless!

Ideally, the best time to install your lights is during the landscaping process. If you’re unsure of what lighting would best compliment your home and hardscapes, consider working with a specialist and ask about different smart-scaping features like backyard lighting controlled through your phone! Your smartphone now makes it possible to change the colors, dimness, and timing of the lights installed all over your hardscape. Contact us today to see how we can incorporate beautiful lighting options into your existing space, or help you transform your backyard.