Some people may choose to hang out in their backyards, decks or patios during the daylight hours. However, if you love to spend your leisure time in your outdoor areas, why not find ways to enjoy it any time of the day? Maximize your outdoor living area with effective and proper lighting.
At Bendigo Landscaping, we understand that setting up appropriate lighting for your outdoors is not as simple as getting a cool lamp and installing it. That is why, beyond the visual appeal you prefer, our team can also provide you with the functionality you require. Besides that, we can also help you choose lighting solutions that can stay durable and beautiful despite weather and element exposure.
Are you set to have the best lighting for your outdoors? Check out these helpful outdoor lighting tips you can use for your deck, balcony, patio, or other outdoor space to ensure that you can use them whenever you want.
Tip #1: Don’t overdo it.
Although you may want to create optimal lighting for your space, it might be best to remember that the simpler, the better when it comes to outdoor lighting. Less is more because the main goal here is to emphasize the beauty of your landscape and not the light itself. There are various contemporary string lights in the market that will highlight your outdoor living area’s natural scenery and landscaping. Again, your outdoor structure and theme should not be dominated by the light fixtures you will use.
Tip #2: Calculate how much lighting you will need.
Before you hop on with shopping for the light fixtures you want, it is essential to picture how much lighting your space needs. A quick calculation you can try is multiplying the square footage of the space you want to light by 1.5. The results will just be a rough estimate of the total wattage required in that particular space. For example, if your backyard is about 100 square feet, you might need around 150 watts. If you need to make sure that you get the right calculations for your outdoor space, you can always ask for the aid of landscaping professionals.
Tip #3: Choose LEDs.
Although there are a lot of bulb sets that can be used outdoors, it might still be better to invest in energy-efficient LEDs. These bulbs are known to significantly reduce power consumption by up to 90%. LEDs are a more cost-efficient choice in the long run because their operating costs are more affordable compared to incandescent or halogen bulbs. Besides that, there is a great variety in design for these bulbs, so you can achieve the elegant lighting you want without compromising the quality you require.
Tip #4: Make sure that the lights you are purchasing are suitable for outdoor use.
Functionality and durability are some of the top factors you have to keep in mind when buying light fixtures for your outdoor areas. Is it specifically built for outdoor use? Can it withstand extreme weather conditions and exposure to harsh elements? You might think your lights will be safe because you have a covered patio or shaded deck. However, it might be better to get light fixtures built for outdoor use so you can use them for a long time.
Tip #5: Stick to warm lights.
You might be tempted to pick varying colours for your outdoor space, but the best colours we can recommend are those that exude warmth and make the area look inviting. You can choose matte lights that are not too strong and harsh for the eyes. This excellent tip is great for those who wish to make their outdoor areas look intimate, welcoming and cozy.