Now that spring is here and summer is on its way, families will be spending much more time in the outdoor spaces around their home. One of the reasons the backyard continues to be the place to be after sunset is modern exterior lighting that beautifies landscaping and the pool area. Lighting also promotes safety by illuminating paths and walkways at night. Lighting of the right color, skillfully directed, and properly modulated can also set the desired mood and highlight the most attractive features of your property. Excited? Why don’t we review four landscape lighting trends that will brighten your summer?
Color Your World
Traditional white lights were once the only option for landscape lighting, but color filters now allow you to add color to your landscaping. These filters provide you a variety of colors that will allow you to paint with lights. Homeowners can now highlight plantings, spotlight statues, and create ambiance in entertainment areas. Filters can also be attached to white lights for adjusting their color temperatures, either making them cooler or warmer.
Fantastic settings in landscaping can now be conjured by using illuminated globes in a variety of colors and patterns. One of the fanciest products on the market is made of handblown glass by NightOrb, and many of their themes are quite elaborate. Some are even made to float in pools, which makes for a surreal effect.
Environmentally conscious homeowners want lighting that lowers energy consumption, and using light emitting diodes (LEDs) does the job. Not only are LEDs more energy efficient that incandescent, halogen, and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), their service life is about 100,000 hours. Another green option gaining traction is solar powered lighting, which takes advantage of a renewable energy source and saves on utility bills.
Like a starry night, a constellation of small lights can twinkle from paths and plants, creating a playful and elegant look for your outdoor area. Originally inspired by Christmas lighting, small lights are gaining in popularity. They provide depth to areas large and small, and can give shape to features that are normally concealed by darkness.
Electrical Peace of Mind
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