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Guide to Homeowner For Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor Lighting
July 30, 2021

Outdoor lighting has several advantages that should never be overlooked. The options are infinite, from the beauty and elegance of exhibiting your home's features to the security of floodlights.

It may sometimes be a little overwhelming. How do you determine which lighting choice is ideal when there are so many to choose from? Don't be concerned. All In One Renovators will assist you in deciding the best outdoor lighting solutions.

Our outdoor lighting beginner's guide is the first step toward a well-lit future!

Types of Lighting For Outdoors

Garden lighting is crucial to the overall appearance and feel of a house. Both safety and beauty may be accomplished, from walkways to the pool, the fish pond to the shed. Outdoor lighting is the missing piece of the jigsaw that transforms a location from a late-night hangout to a show-stopper. The different types of outdoor lighting are given below:

  1. Wall Sconces
  2. Ceiling Lights and Hanging Pendants
  3. String Lights
  4. Post Lights
  5. Landscape and Garden Lights
  6. Security Lights and Floodlights

Wall Sconces

Wall sconces, also known as wall lights or wall light fixtures, are commonly seen in entryways, beside garage doors, or near windows. They light up the immediate area to make it easier to get around at night.

Wall sconces blend design and function to highlight certain features while allowing you to see where you're going late at night. Lights should be placed above eye level to avoid casting shadows and provide clarity regardless of how dark it is. Sensor functions and other security elements can also be incorporated.

Ceiling Lights and Hanging Pendants

Pendant lights work well in several settings, such as pergolas, verandas, and patios. Because hanging and non-hanging ceiling lights are so versatile, height is never an issue. You may pick a design that meets your particular specifications.

The overall look may be maintained with styles ranging from old and classic to modern and contemporary. A ceiling fan can be used to provide additional cooling. This means you can party in a stylish, elegant manner at any time of year.

String Lights

String lights are a DIY project that can be added to any home or yard for a more low-key ambience. String lights provide a fun, colourful atmosphere ideal for a casual get-together with friends or a romantic backyard picnic.

Post Lights

Outdoor lights, such as post lights, provide 360-degree illumination. They can be used as extra illumination along fences and walkways or mounted on lamp posts. Post lights will assist you to distinguish between regions by defining boundaries, paths, and driveways.

Landscape and Garden Lights

LED garden lights are amongst the most popular types of outdoor lighting. You may show off the variety of plants, statues, ponds, and birdbaths in your yard. The objective isn't necessarily to draw attention to specific characteristics.

Landscape lights give a discreet approach to enhance visibility while enjoying the space at night by employing a warm glow. Low-hanging garden lights must also be robust and weatherproof to avoid being damaged by children or sprinklers.

Security Lights and Floodlights

Your security and floodlights should always be the most potent outdoor lighting. Security lights, which are usually used in conjunction with motion sensors, feature high, broad beams that illuminate vast areas of the yard and residence. Floodlighting is crucial, and security lights should be strategically positioned on the corners of a property to provide broad coverage.

Floodlights come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of them may be programmed to turn on at nightfall and turn off in the morning. Others are only activated when they detect movement. Meanwhile, you can turn on the lights with a flick of a switch to ensure that you have lighting when you get home or take out the trash.

Understanding Lumens

Previously, the performance of halogen lightbulbs was measured in watts. The connection between power usage and light production, on the other hand, was never quite right. As a result, lumens have become the industry standard for measuring light output.

Energy is transferred to light rather than heat in contemporary LED lights. Unfortunately, old halogen lights created a lot of heat in addition to light. As a result, LED lights consume significantly fewer watts while producing the same quantity of light. A contemporary 9W LED, for example, generates around 800 lumens, which is comparable to the brightness of a 50W halogen lamp.

Your optimum range for outdoor lighting can vary; however, you should seek for:

  • Floodlights of 1000 lumens or more
  • Security lights should have a brightness output of 400-500.
  • Paths and/or steps require 10-200 lumens.
  • For ponds and/or pools, 200-400 lumens are recommended.
  • Lamp posts and feature spotlights should have 120-180 lumens.

Keep in mind that you can go even higher than the figures shown above. Floodlights of 5000 lumens or more, for example, are available.

Colour Temperature of Outdoor Lighting

Colour temperature, which relates to how cold or warm the light is, is another factor to consider. In specific circumstances, you'll frequently hear or read about warm white lights and cold white lights. Living rooms and bedrooms, for example, benefit from soft, warm lighting to create a relaxing atmosphere, whilst kitchens require cold lighting to provide neutral, clear illumination.

It's critical to understand that colour does not relate to things like red or green and that temperature does not refer to heat. However, cool lights have a blue tint, and warm lights have a yellow/amber hue.

Battery VS Solar Power VS Hardwired

Another crucial consideration is the power supply for your outdoor lights. Solar, battery, or hardwire may be the best option depending on the application.

Access to a power outlet is required for plug-in/powerpoint lighting. That implies you must examine the accessibility of the power cord and extension cord. Plug-in lights are a quick and easy DIY project for any house.

Solar lights are generally more expensive to acquire, but the savings are immediately apparent. For optimal efficiency, solar-powered outdoor lights should be placed in direct sunshine.

Hardwired lights are connected to the mains power in your home. To guarantee that any hardwired outdoor lighting is installed safely, contact a local, qualified electrician.

Are you unsure who to contact? You've already arrived! For all outdoor lighting needs, All In One Renovation is the team to call.

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