Outdoor lighting is key to enhance, beautify, and secure your Dallas, TX property, but choosing the best lighting can be intimidating. Whether you are looking to increase functionality and safety, illuminate key features of your landscape and architecture, or boost security, here are 4 tips to consider when making your outdoor lighting ideas a reality:
- Style: When choosing outdoor lighting, it is important to consider the style of your home. Whether you live in a colonial or a log cabin will determine which fixtures will best fit your outdoor space. Light fixtures vary from antique (historical or vintage styles), nautical (beach or coastal), Spanish (mission), modern (contemporary, modern, or transitional), or rustic (cabin or lodge). Determining the style of your home is paramount in choosing the right light fixtures to accent it well.
- Size: Have you ever bought wall art or a lamp that looked to be the right size in the store, but when you brought it home it looked tiny or huge in the space you had in mind? Just as it is important to measure and follow simple decorator tips for the inside of your home, the outside is no different. Light fixtures that are too small will look overwhelmed against a large entryway, and may not provide enough light. On the other hand, a fixture that is too large will overtake the space and will draw unwanted attention to its unmatched size. When looking for outdoor entryway lighting, choose fixtures that are ¼ to ⅕ the size of the doorway for two lights on either side and hang them 66 inches from the ground to the center of the light fixture. For one light choose a fixture that is up to ⅓ the size of the entryway, and install it about 6 inches from the top of the door.
- Durability: Once you have figured out style and size, you will need to choose your fixture’s material. This is even more important for outside lighting than inside because you will need something that can withstand the elements. Brass is a popular choice due to its durability but can be pricey. Cast aluminum corrodes easily unless it has a weather-resistant finish. Ceramic is weather resistant and unique. And copper holds up well in all environments but is not as durable as brass.
- Placement: Considering the light fixture’s placement will help you know which material will be best and when to splurge on something more durable. For instance, if the area of installation is covered and away from the weather, you can probably get away with lesser material. But if your light fixture will be vulnerable to the elements, you may want to spend the big bucks now to avoid having to replace it over time. Common outdoor lighting placement ideas include the front entryway, outdoor entertainment areas, back patio, front, back, or side walkways, garage/driveway, and landscape or architectural spot or wash lights. It may be common to place priority on the aesthetic lighting in the front of the house and neglect the back, but this is a mistake as lighting the back of the house helps provide the necessary security for your property. Motion lights over the driveway and a fully-lit back patio will deter would-be intruders who prefer to stay in the shadows.
When considering outdoor lighting there are so many options it can seem overwhelming. Hiring a landscape professional to make all your outdoor ideas come to fruition will increase the functionality, security, and aesthetic appeal of your property. Cgreens can help with all your outdoor lighting needs from design to installation. Visit http://www.cgreens.com/ for more information.
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