Outdoor Residential Lighting
Walk into almost any home improvement center and you will find a wide variety of outdoor residential lighting supplies. Transformers, various gauges of wire, conduit, and connectors vie with a great number of lighting options.
Post lamps, floodlights and chandeliers are only a few of the ways to ward off the darkness of night and provide the ability to see for several feet to many yards away. It is important to use the right type of lighting in each area so that the purpose of installation is achieved.
Whether considering residential security lighting or fairy lights twinkling on the gazebo, the best way to make sure it turns out right is to make an overall plan. Even if you are not ready to install outdoor residential lighting right this moment, a well thought out plan allows completion in stages with a perfect ending.
Get out the digital camera and take pictures of each side of the house, including the yard area and buildings for each part. Resize the pictures to 8 x 10 inches and print them out. Tape them together so you have a picture of the front, back and sides of the house.
If you have extensions that expand the house to more than four traditional sides, include photos of those exterior portions and tape them into place. Now you are ready to get serious about outdoor residential lighting.
Look over the pictures to decide where you want to add lighting and why. Even tract houses have a great deal of variety found for entryways. Some homes have a small covered porch while others are open to the door.
The most confusing type of covered entryway leads towards the door and takes a sharp right turn for several more feet, effectively blocking the last few yards to the entrance from sunlight, street and yard lights.
There are two immediate concerns: security and safety. Use an outdoor flush mount light just past the bend. It serves the purpose of residential security lighting by deterring lurking in the shadows and lights up the path towards the door to show any toys or obstacles on the walk.
Install one of the charming chandeliers with a fan above the area in front of the door. The fan circulates the air in the confined area and the lights from the chandelier send a friendly greeting to visitors.
For the rest of the outdoor residential lighting needs, decide what kind of feeling is present at your home. Is there a whimsical aura in the garden area, with ceramic bunnies and delightful birdbaths? Choose lighting to match.
Perhaps outlining the fishpond with tiny recessed lighting presents the ambience you are looking for. Sketch in ideas with a brief note about each selection.
Consider each type of residential outdoor lighting and the way it gives the best lighting without intruding on indoor or outdoor activities. You certainly do not want a floodlight that will glare into the bedroom window.
Decks are wonderful areas to sit and relax, hold barbecues, and play games. Consider how you want to handle the outdoor residential lighting system.
Thanks to low voltage systems, homeowners can move away from traditional household wiring for the deck. It really is true that electrocution is nearly impossible with low voltage systems. That reduces worry when children and pets are around the lights and the wire. There are quite a few choices to help people find the right light.
Imagine a low voltage light that fits into the steps with the ability to withstand adverse weather, as it is UL approved for use in wet locations. The light spreads out evenly, never glaring and remaining cool, thanks to the low voltage rating.
Your nighttime yard receives light from the moon, stars, inside lights and outdoor lighting. Balancing outdoor residential lighting with the other lights is creative and fun.
Add one or more low voltage wall sconces, such as one shaped like a calla lily. Enjoy the beauty and the perfect lighting on the deck, side yard or any other area around your property.
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