Summer’s almost out and before you know it, we’ll be bound indoors in sweats and socks, our Pumpkin Spice Lattes in tow.
But why put the fun on hold just because it’s getting cold outside? Winter has its own perks, ask anyone who loves to hang out Christmas lights. We bet many of you’ve already been looking at new stuff to adorn your front porches with this Holiday season.
Either way, new or old, Christmas or no Christmas, there is definitely a trick to achieving balanced outdoor lighting. You want to create an ambience with a subtle mix greenery and the surrounding colors. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts that’ll surely get the best out of your outdoor lighting equipment. Take notes, lest it become an expensive eyesore.
1) Choose the Right Starting Point
Before creating your lighting plan, go over the layout of your garden and where you want to highlight what. Look at all the electric sockets and transformers around the area. The further a light is from the transformer, the dimmer it will be.
Also, be sure to never overload any one circuit with too many lights, or electric appliances in general, as it won’t be able to support it. A maximum of 100 watts per line is okay. The transformer should be able to do the rest. Enlist the help of an electrician near you if needed.
2) Don’t Overdo It
Less is always more when it comes to outdoor lighting. You can go a tad bit overboard with Christmas decor, of course, but otherwise, we recommend keeping it simple by illuminating the trees, paths and doors with fairy lights or spotlights.
You might be surprised to know that there is a different option for almost anything that you may wish to highlight outdoors. For instance, there are water-resistant lights for ponds or fountains and smaller ‘path lights’ for paths and entry ways with varying levels of brightness. Just go to your nearest hardware store to check ’em out.
3) Opt for Energy Saving Options
A thorough outdoor lighting job can get heavy on the pocket, especially if you’ve got a big garden, but there are ways to cut the costs. Solar power is an option to consider here as there are countless outdoor lamps and lights that charge during the day and brighten up the night. They are cheap and wireless, saving you a lot of hassle.
But keep in mind, they will need to be placed in a sunny area to work. Also, solar lights don’t always last into the night. LED products are another low-cost option that use up less energy and are more hardy. Your local electrician can brief you on both.
4) Don’t Forget About the Weather
Remember: your outdoor lights should work through all kinds of weather. That’s why, before you start out, take out time to get to know the plants around your garden or front porch and what changes they go through with each season. This will help you determine how the lighting will look in favorable and unfavorable weather conditions.