Types Of Outdoor Lighting
Posted on August 8, 2012
In this post we will discuss types of outdoor lighting. In my opinion there’s nothing more beautiful than well done outdoor lighting. It can enhance the beauty of your home as well as create inviting atmospheres for your family and guests to enjoy. Most of us understand task lighting and safety lighting, we put up lights around our driveway and front porch, but there’s much more to think about here. Read on for some basic ideas for lighting the exterior areas of your home.
Outdoor lighting can be divided into four categories
Security lighting: This lighting is used for lighting up the vulnerable areas of your property. It is advisable though to keep it away from the living areas so it’s not distracting, as the lights used are bright, and often motion activated. You can also have a manual on/off switch for your lighting so that you can override automatic illumination. ‘There have been many studies done that support the idea that light creates security, you won’t want to overlook this important area.’
Task lighting: This type of lighting is for specific purposes such as outdoor grilling or walking safely up and down steps and along paths. Task lighting should be kept between your eyes and the object that needs to be lighted. See to it that it does not glare, as an overly bright light will blind rather than guide. ‘There are so many beautiful choices for task lighting, from lighted walkways to flickering gas look lights around the front of your home.’
Accent lighting: This can create a dramatic effect, or highlight an unusual feature. For example, uplighting can illuminate an interesting piece of statuary. Silhouetting can be achieved by keeping the light between the object and your fence or wall. General or ambient lighting can display overall lighting so that people feel comfortable and look good. ‘One of the most beautiful types of lighting is accent lighting, shining in the trees, or on your home, ask us for help to find just the right accent light for you.’
Moonlighting or starlight – You can also imitate moonlight or starlight for creating magical lighting. Moonlighting can be produced by putting outdoor lights in trees. The lights should be pointing downward to create a dappled effect, as if the area were lit by a full moon. And what could be more beautiful than natures own gift to us – stars in the night! This can be imitated by suspending tiny lights in the branches of a tree to create a sparkling night time canopy, or by using flickering candles, sprinkled here and there throughout the space. ‘Isn’t this a beautiful idea, like something one might see in a magazine, and it’s all done with lights.’ Source: innovativeministry.org