Lighting Outdoor Spaces
The welcoming home is one with landscape and exterior lighting. Talk with the experts at Madison Lighting in our Madison, Wisconsin showroom if you need help with a plan. Our exterior light lab can help you understand and create effects to light your walks and seating areas. Here are a few tips as you consider adding exterior lighting to your home:
Shadow is as interesting as light; that too much light creates hotspots, not enough light flattens out the façade. Highlight paths, shrubs and trees away from the house to create a vignette you’ll view from inside that beckons to you all 4 seasons. Kichler (link to http://shop.madisonlighting.com/search_result.asp?params=Installation:9,30;Brand:12;&Page=3 ) is just one manufacturer that makes stylish and durable exterior and landscape lighting.
Layering light is just as important outside as it is inside your home.
Consider moonlighting: small spotlights hung 15-18 feet from the ground in major trees. These spots shine downward creating a gentle source of ambient light to see icy sidewalks, kid’s bikes and garden tools. Safety is important, too. And a well-lit home is less welcoming to a burglar!
Mid-level lighting is often used to create effects outside.
Washing a wall is one technique, small spotlights shine up and bounce light off an exterior wall. Wall washing highlights the architecture, brick or stone of your home and looks beautiful from the street.
Accent a small tree or piece of art in your garden. Using 3 or more spots placed away from the base of the plant makes it 3 dimensional and interesting.
Lower-level lighting actually guides the foot on a pathway.
Path lighting is attached to the edge of steps or tucked alongside landscape plantings and points down, toward the path.
Exterior lights on the house give the visitor visual cues to find the front door, the garage door, or backyard.
Quality exterior lighting handles our cold temps, wind, hail, and the occasional errant baseball. It’s durable, though not indestructible.
Exterior lighting comes in many styles and finishes so you can find the perfect look for your home.
And there are lots of types: wall mounted carriage lights for either side of the doors and post lighting for traditional lights off the driveway or front walk, flush mounts or pendants to hang from the ceiling of a covered porch, motion detection lighting is used for added safety, and lanterns light the garage door. If you choose to use LED light you can purchase fixtures that use those bulbs and save energy that may eventually pay for the cost of the fixtures.