During the warm summer evenings and pleasing early fall nights, we want to ease into a lounge chair on the deck or patio and just relax. Here's the best-kept secret adding an “ahhhh” moment when you sit down in the evening to enjoy your beautiful yard: outdoor lighting.
Outdoor lighting has a unique way of creating inviting living spaces to which you can retreat and unbend the knots of the workday. Each type of outdoor lighting has a specific purpose, but its overarching effect is creating distinctive spaces in your landscape. Now, with the warmer and softer colors available in LED technology, outdoor lighting offers added longevity, energy efficiency and ambiance.
Here are a few types of lighting we recommend to homeowners who want to create these types of enticing outdoor spaces.
“Thanks to long-lasting LED technology, modern outdoor lights will remain useful and beautiful with very little maintenance for many years after you install them.”
These fixtures, installed close to the foundation of a home or a privacy wall, bathe the full area in light. They are the perfect choice to highlight special architectural and landscape features around your home. The antithesis of a spotlight, wall washers provide a nice glow that makes a house feel homey.
Placing landscape lights in tree branches gives a pleasing down-lighting effect that’s also functional. Moonlights can illuminate small patios, turf areas or any place you want to observe detail in the evening hours. This type of light makes its surroundings fade away, which is useful for putting a subtle focus on an outdoor entertainment spot.
This type of lighting is just what it sounds like – a way to highlight a walkway, driveway, steps or entryway to a patio. Beyond adding a pleasing ambiance, path lights are also a functional way to add security to the spaces where your guests walk as they visit your home. There is safety in knowing where the driveway edge is or where the next step begins when moving around in the dark.
The right choice for showing off your prized small ornamental trees like cherry, crape myrtle or Japanese maple, or an architectural feature such as fountain, sculpture or wall plaque, up-lights are the prime way to provide an extra dose of ambient light in your landscape. One of the best things about today’s outdoor lighting fixtures is the abundance of choices available to match your home’s architectural style. For example, you can choose an antique light in a solid copper or brass with a finish that will gain an elegant natural patina over time.
Thanks to long-lasting LED technology, modern outdoor lights will remain useful and beautiful with very little maintenance for many years after you install them. No matter which options you choose, lighting will create that Zen moment at the end of the day you can enjoy all year-round.