Outdoor lighting tips and ideas

Outdoor lighting is a popular way to upgrade one’s home. Use these tips and ideas to improve and move more products out of your lighting section. 

Curb appeal – it’s something everyone wants their home to have yet few people know how to achieve it using lighting. To make a home stand out in an impressive way to approaching guests or passers-by, well-considered outdoor lighting is key. 

Uplight architecture to add dimension 
Use uplights to highlight the home’s best features and add dimension. By strategically positioning fixtures you can accentuate pillars, stonework, arches and any other interesting architectural features. Just be sure not to shine the light directly into any of the home’s windows. If angled correctly, this type of light will make a home look impressive to anyone approaching or driving by. 

Silhouette landscaping features 
Silhouetting is another technique used to enhance the curb appeal of the front of the home. It involves positioning light fixtures in a way that create a silhouette effect out of trees and bushes. 

Create contrast of light and shadow 
If the front of a home does not have any interesting architectural features and the landscaping is boring you can create visual interest by using lighting to create areas of contrasting light and shadow.  

For those as yet unable to establish plants and trees, this technique is particularly useful. 

Use downlights to create a moonlight effect 
Install downlights high up in trees or on tall structures to give the impression of moonlight washing over this area. This lighting should be gentle, creating a soft glow that may guide guests up to the front door or illuminate pretty flower beds. 

Cross-light architectural or landscape features 
While shadows add dimension they can also make certain features look harsh. Avoid this by using the cross lighting technique. This requires the lighting of an object, for example, a garden statue, using two separate fixtures in order to achieve a softer, more subtle lighting effect. 

Select fixtures in an appropriate style 
While outdoor lighting is functional when switched on, it also needs to look cohesive during daylight hours. Select fixtures that complement each other and the style of your home. Consider the materials used and the colour of the fixtures. For example, rustic farm-style fixtures may look out of place in the garden of a modern contemporary home. 

Use a timer 
Install lighting on a timer. This way guests won’t arrive in a dark exterior and miss the impressive lighting setup on arrival. It’s also a safety concern. While outdoor lighting enhances a home’s curb appeal it also plays a vital role in safety and security.  

Having a timer means that residents won’t arrive home in the dark because the curb and the garden will automatically be illuminated. 

Source: Radiant Lighting  

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