Most of us spend the daylight hours at work, so it's important to be able to enjoy our outdoor spaces during the hours we have at home. Not only can outdoor lighting be used to accentuate your landscaping, but it also allows you to enjoy your yard after the sun has set. Start planning your late-night patio parties!
Nightscaping is a term used to describe the practice of using low-voltage outdoor lighting to illuminate your property at night. If you're considering doing some nightscaping in your yard, you have many options. Lighting manufacturers are producing chandeliers, wall sconces, lanterns, table lamps and lamp posts made of cast aluminum - which is durable and won't rust - for outdoor use. These outdoor lighting products are UL rated, which means the materials are grouped as less-flammable (so they won't short out or cause a fire if they get wet).
As homeowners become more environmentally conscious, manufacturers try to meet those needs. Outdoor solar lighting is a great new green option. It works anywhere in your yard where there is ample direct sunlight. Solar lights draw the sun's energy into a battery, where it's stored and then used when the sun goes down. Along with the benefit of saving money on energy costs, solar lighting is easy to install and doesn't require any wiring to be run below the surface dirt or grass in your garden.
Another outdoor lighting option is motion sensor lighting. With these lights, you'll never have to walk through your backyard in the dark again. Plus, these motion-sensitive lights can deter thieves from creeping around your house.
If you've got a pool, flaunt it with strings of lights surrounding the perimeter, floating solar lights on the water or an LED fountain.
Popularized in warm climates where beach parties go all night, the tiki torch is now available in a solar option (so you never have to worry about the flames burning out mid-party). Strategically placed tiki torches around a pool or patio tell your guests that you're a host who knows how to party in style.
Christmas lights are often the first thing we think of when it comes to outdoor lighting. They're only up a few months out of the year, so it's important to get the most out of them. High-efficiency and long-lasting LED light strings are the only kind to buy. They cost a bit more initially but the extra cost is worth it in the long run.