It’s summer, and unless you have a pool or sprinkler system, you are likely not going to want to be outside for very long during the daylight hours. This is because it is extremely hot outside, and this week in Maryland, it actually reached a dangerously high heat index. But, if you have a nice patio area or even just a nice lawn landscape, some exterior lighting can enhance the overall look of your landscape, and you won’t have to worry about the scorching hot weather of summer. Here are some tips on how to illuminate your landscape using exterior lighting so you can enjoy some outdoor time, even on the darkest of summer nights.
Overall Best Exterior Lighting
The best lighting when it comes to exterior lighting is low voltage. For one thing, low voltage exterior lighting is much less expensive than traditional 120-volt lighting. In addition, low voltage lighting is also much safer to install and take care of later. Since exterior lighting is at higher risk of breakage due to the elements and will likely need maintenance more often, it’s important to prioritize safety as much as possible. And, although low voltage lighting is not as bright as typical lights, it works well for exterior lighting because it can be used in so many different ways without completely illuminating an area.
Planning Out the Exterior Lighting Design
If you know the layout of the surface of your house, like the back of your hand, you might want to try designing an exterior lighting scheme for yourself. One of the easiest ways to add a pop of light is by learning your angles. Upward angles are great for illuminating parts of your house or landscaping you want to be seen, but you’ll want to have these lights aimed away from windows or other areas people will be looking directly at. These angled lights are perfect for highlighting trees, retaining walls, or any tall gardens. Downward angles, on the other hand, are perfect for walking areas or anywhere that you want to be highlighted in your exterior lighting layout.
Should I Hire a Pro?
You may be wondering if installing exterior lighting to your home and garden is worth trying on your own. For some, especially those skilled in electric power and/or yard work, it may come naturally to you. But for others, it cannot be recommended. This is because installing lighting involves electrical safety knowledge to prevent the risk of electrocution. For anyone looking to install major exterior lighting systems, make sure to contact the pros.
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