Your outdoor lighting provide more than just lighting. The lighting can play an important role in shaping the curb appeal of your home. The wrong lighting can distract away from your home and illuminate the wrong features of your home and the lawn. If you are looking to replace your outdoor lighting, here are a few tips for choosing your new fixtures.
Look for Energy Savings
It is possible to buy nice fixtures and save money at the same time. You can reduce your energy bills by looking for outdoor wall lighting fixtures that are Energy Star rated. In addition to this, you can opt for solar powered lighting. The lighting is budget friendly and is good for the environment at the same time.
Your wall lighting and path lighting does not need to be constantly lit. Motion sensor lighting can be used instead. When the lights sense something within a certain distance, the lights will turn on. The lights can not only alert you of someone or something in your yard, but it can possibly deter would-be burglars from attempting to enter your home.
Layer Your Lights
You likely are using more than one lighting design in your home. You need to apply the same design logic to the lighting outside your home, too. The lighting can do more than just light up your yard. It can help to set the ambiance.
Ambient lighting can be used to set the tone or style for a space. For instance, the lighting can be used to create a more comforting environment on your patio. You can also use task lighting in areas of your lawn that are more work-oriented. For instance, if you have a vegetable garden, the task lighting can be used to highlight it.
Avoid Light Pollution
One of the most important features you should look for in your new outdoor lighting is the Dark Sky approval. The lighting you choose can have a profound impact on your neighbors. If the lighting is too bright, it can cause glares and be disruptive to others.
You can avoid this by looking for lights that have certified by the International Dark Sky Association. The lights are designed to minimize light pollution. For instance, some of the fixtures directs the lights towards the ground and not into the air.
A lighting designer or specialist can help you further understand your needs and provide tips to find the lighting that is right for your home and lawn.