The summertime is officially here, meaning more people are spending time in their outdoor living spaces. Outdoor lighting is a must for nighttime gatherings and outdoor living. It can also be an effective security measure in deterring crime. A professionally installed system is one of the most valuable investments you can make for your home.
If you are searching for tips to improve outdoor lighting during summer, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading below for more information on how to get optimal usage out of your outdoor lights in the summer months.
Map Out Your Outdoor Lighting
The best way to make your lights effective in the summer months is to plan the locations where you want them. These locations include areas like your driveway, steps, patios, pathways, and your surrounding landscape features. Using landscape lighting is an excellent way to make your yard seem more significant.
Enhance Curb Appeal With Outdoor Lighting
Curb appeal is a must for every home. Your home’s curb appeal will stand out even more at nighttime with proper lighting. At the entrance of your home, you can create a warm and inviting feeling with your lights. One way to assess your curb appeal is inside your home. Once you consider how the outdoor space looks from the inside, you should be able to map out your light placement.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
Frequent mistakes include not using LED lighting, using the same lighting fixtures, and spacing lights too close together. Other common issues include not using an adequate amount of lights and using lighting that is intrusive. It is also better to use actual lights and not light fixtures because fixtures typically do not hold up well outdoors.
Focus on the Right-Sized Lights
Another common mistake made when installing outdoor lights is installing ones that are too small. Smaller lights tend to get overlooked at a distance. They also won’t provide surrounding areas with enough lighting. When installing lights by a door or garage, there are several tips to keep in mind. Your lights should be anywhere from 1/3 to 1/4 the height of your door for lights by your main entrance. Lights should also be 1/3 to 1/4 height of your garage entrance.
Uplighting is a Unique Technique
Uplighting blends well within landscaping structures like plants and trees. This process usually involves placing directional lights underneath tall trees that face upward. When uplighting is used correctly, mesmerizing shadows form within your yard. Additional depth is added to walls, fences, and other flat surfaces.
Light Up The Water Too
You can also apply outdoor lighting surrounding any water if it is near your surrounding landscape. If you are fortunate to have a pond or fountain around your home, it would be nice for aesthetics to use light fixtures around it. Underwater and landscape lighting are reliable ways to show off the water in your surrounding landscape.
Get In Touch With Aqua-Bright Irrigation And Illumination Today!
Whatever the cause of your outdoor drainage or lighting woes, the professionals at Aqua-Bright can help you come up with a solution. For a consultation and to hear what we can do for you, give us a call at (410) 489-9009 or visit us online.