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Your outdoor lighting is perhaps one neglected area of your home. For both safety and beauty, the outdoors deserve a certain amount of attention when it comes to lighting. There are plenty of ways that you can make your outdoor lighting both welcoming and practical.
Just as you would inside your home, you should try to layer your lighting. To do this, you should include many different kinds of lighting especially lighting that brightens the outside walls of the home, highlights landscaping elements, and even some overhead lighting.
Use Decorative Lighting
Decorative lanterns and lamps are an easy way to add lighting to your outdoor spaces. You can let them stand on their own, spread them out, or you can group them and line them up in certain areas like a wall or a table. Candles are also a great way to multi-purpose practical lighting with decorative lighting.
Light Your Steps
It’s important to provide adequate lighting on stairs and decks. Anywhere that people can trip is a place that needs adequate lighting. Solar powered lights are perfect for these uses.
Use String Lights
String lighting hung overhead can be perfect for courtyards, decks, roofs, or even trees and shrubbery. If you don’t have anything to hang string lights from, you can always get creative using posts and planters. This is a great non-permanent solution for you to have some pretty lighting available.
Don’t Draw Too Much Attention To Your Property
While you want adequate lighting on the outside of your property, you also don’t want to draw attention to an area of your yard. The whole neighborhood doesn’t need to know that you’re out on your deck, hanging out. Choose lighting that provides an inviting glow without an overpowering brightness.
Use Table Lamps
You may have thought that table lamps are only for the indoors, but think again. Your outdoor setup can be the same as your indoor setup. Put table lamps down on your outdoor tables for adequate illumination. Be sure that the lamps you’re using are rated for the outdoors.
If you use the right techniques and always be sure that you’re following safety protocols, you can find success with your outdoor lighting scheme. When your home is properly lit, the best part is that you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors of your home much more thoroughly during seasonable times. You’ll also have an increased sense of security and comfort in and around your home. It’s well known that burglars are deterred from intruding on well-lit properties. Set up your outdoor lighting right and get the outdoor season off on the right foot.
First things first: what is a sconce? Also known as wall sconces, these light fixtures hang on the wall rather than on the ceiling. Unlike ceiling lights, pendants, and chandeliers, scones have more versatile uses, and you can place them in almost any room in the house.
The idea of a sconce came from old-fashioned torches that rested in holders on the castle wall to light up the room. Of course, we aren’t talking about flaming torches these days, but rather a way to add light from the sides of the room.
You can use a scone to highlight artwork, cast a soft glow into a dark corner, brighten up a bathroom, the locations to use them is almost endless. Here are several ideas for using sconces in your decorating efforts.
- In the bedroom, use a sconce on either side of the bed above the nightstands to give extra surface space, or if you don’t have nightstands. Or, place a sconce on either side of your antique vanity mirror to cast light on your face while you put on makeup. Another use is on either side of a window or mirror opposite your bed. Sconces typically cast softer light than overhead fixture do, so sconces give just the right accent light for a romantic setting.
- In the living room, a pair of sconces above the sofa takes the place of floor lamps or the need for bulky side tables. Or use specially made sconces to highlight artwork or light up an architectural feature in the room.
- Use flatter sconces to light up a hallway or stairwell and use one in the entry to cast a welcoming glow on visitors.
- In the bathroom, two pairs or a trio with mirrors between them light up the vanity mirrors while a gentle sconce above your soaking tub lets you bask in its spa-like ambiance.
- You can even use sconces in your kitchen to light up an accent wall or create a statement between the windows.
- On your patio, sconces offer a soft addition to the evening light and can even be set to turn on automatically or to sense sundown.
- Adjustable sconces work well above desks that face a wall, to light up cushy chairs in your reading corner, and to light up the workspace in your craft room.
As you can see, the uses for sconces are endless. Seek the advice of a lighting specialist and certified electrician to make sure your sconces are installed safely and correctly.