As the seasons roll around, lots of people get the urge to take their landscaping and outdoor decor to the next level. The best way to easily amp up your outdoor decor is to invest in quality outdoor lighting. More importantly, make the best use of this lighting by using it correctly.
Get the Basics Down First
The first thing you want to do is make sure that you at least have the three basic types down. This includes ambient light, task light, and accent lights. Hanging lights and garden post lights are examples of ambient lighting. Pathway lights and deck lights are examples of task lighting. And spotlights or string lights are examples of accent lights.
Think About the Math
Before you even go online to start shopping for a garden post light or anything else, you need to make sure that you know exactly how much lighting you’re going to need. Think about how much square footage you have and multiply it by 1.5 to get an idea of how much wattage you’re going to need.
Look from Inside
The last thing you want to do is spend a bunch of time setting up lights just to find out that the glare is too intense to be seen from inside. You don’t want the lights to overpower anything or cause too much of a distraction. Set up just a few lights during a time when the sun isn’t out and look at how they glow from inside the house. This can help you figure out which placement isn’t going to be the most appropriate. To get daily updates, follow our Facebook page.
Think About Security
This tip can tie into the previous tip. When placing your lighting, you can also keep security in mind by placing certain lights near the entries and exits of your home. For example, a garden post light would not only complement your home’s aesthetic, but it will also make it super easy to see who’s approaching or leaving your home.