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Outdoor lighting is good for highlighting your home’s architect and landscape. It also gives a sense of security to your home making it easy to navigate the paths in when it is dark. Outdoor lighting will bring glow to your backyard at night. There are different styles of lighting for outdoor, so you need to be careful when choosing your outdoor lights.

Tips for selecting the best outdoor lights

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If you wish to conserve energy and save money at the same time, then you will appreciate energy saving fixtures. LED bulbs are reliable for this energy efficiency since they give similar light but at lesser energy than incandescent bulbs. These bulbs can last for about 40,000 hours with regular night use.

Lighting plan

Before you can choose your light for the outdoor, you need to create a lighting plan. This helps to identify areas at the back, front and sides of your home which need illumination at night. If possible, take a walk around the home with a flashlight in the evening to see how additional lighting impacts the exterior and landscape features. Ensure also that you find the dark areas that are isolated and can have an impact on safety.

Layer the lights

The layers of outdoor lights vary from ambient, task and accent. You should use the right lighting type to match your desired specifications. The accent is usually a decorative light like the table lamp which completes ambient and task lighting to create an attractive look. Task lighting is useful for specific applications like lighting your outdoor grill. Ambient light is a great choice for general illumination

Light control

You can control your outdoor lights in various ways. You can use dimmers, timers or motion sensors to control your lighting. Motion sensors and timers are applicable for energy saving since they only get activated when you need lighting. There are also photocells which run solar energy and are cheap since you only need initial purchase cost.

Solid construction

homeimprovemnetleftzxcvbnMost preferable light fixtures for your outdoor environment are those made of weather-resistant materials. Such materials can handle every climate and may be non-corrosive and UV resistant. This will serve you for long with much maintenance which is all that everyone desires.

These are the key points you should have in mind when designing your outdoor lighting. Another factor is consideration of your neighbors. Ensure that your outdoor lighting does not affect your neighbors.