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The effects of outdoor lighting can not be over stated.  Done well outdoor lighting can be enchanting.  The first time I appreciated  the powerful effects of outdoor lighting and outdoor art was in a lovely patio restaurant in Mexico. I was simply enchanted and have been so ever since. Since that night I admire outdoor lighting everywhere I go.

I have tried to replicate the feel of bringing the indoors outside (which is what properly placed outdoor patio lights and patio furniture should do) at my own home. In choosing your outdoor lights there are a number of things you should always consider. With the proper considerations and forethought your patio lighting can be perfect.

To begin with, determine the purpose of your outdoor lighting. Is the lighting going to be  for aesthetic effect or will it be primarily functional and safety oriented? Some minimal amount of outdoor lighting is needed for the general security of your home and family. Brighter lights should be placed at every door of your home including your garage door. Lighting for atmospheric effect doesn’t have any rules and the positioning can be more flexible. Lighting for effect can be dimly illuminated as the purpose of this type of lighting is not related to function at all.

You can focus atmospheric lighting on any outdoor art you may have or perhaps on your pond or swimming pool. You can use rope lights or string lighting to highlight structures, trees or fences. Simple white Christmas lights can often make a nice year-round whimsical setting.  Lights for atmosphere can be placed in trees shining down or at the base of trees shining up.

There are numerous different types of outdoor patio lights on the market these days.  All major home stores will carry a variety of different types.The most popular and energy efficient are LED lights. This type of light can be run for literally pennies per day.  The cost of LED lighting has really come down and these are the types lights most recommended by lighting professionals.  Solar lighting has also become more affordable but these lights are slightly less reliable than other types of lighting and often do not give off a strong light. The correct placement of solar lights is critical to their functioning  and shouldn’t be counted upon in cloudy or rainy areas. Solar lights shouldn’t be used as safety lights.

Outdoor lighting is a very important aspect of designing your outside space.

By J. Moore

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