Your outdoor spaces is an extension of your home and it should be lit appropriately. You can increase your living space by properly utilizing your outdoor living space and to do this you must design your outside lighting. There are several areas that should be well lit, including, pathways, table areas, patios, and benches. The garden lights and fence lights are also nice to have but they needn’t be as bright as the others.
Lighting your pathways can be daunting because there are so many different types and styles of lights for this area. A very classic way to go is with solar lanterns that stake into the ground and go right along with the path at specific intervals. There are also many more majestic and modern approaches to lighting pathways. There are garden lights shaped like the moon and stars, or garden lights shaped like turtle and fish. Whatever your style is you can find specialty garden lights to use along your pathway and you won’t have to break the bank to do it.
Solar patio lights can create a warm inviting feeling which is perfect for patio, pathway and table areas. Using energy from the sun, these lights have no wires or wires to worry about. Solar patio lights are energy efficient and they come in a variety of different styles and price ranges. You can buy individual spot lights, strings of lights and even solar powered decorative animal shaped lights. There are also Solar lights with built in motion detectors which will let them have the power to work longer when you need them or act as a security device and solar lights will remain on during a power outage.
Garden benches are another great place to try your hand at light design with the bench being highlighted with solar lanterns hanging from shepherds hooks on either side of the bench. You can continue the outside lighting style that you have chosen or get more creative in this area. Traditionalists would probably like to use tall lamp post style lights in the bench areas. But if you would like to be more whimsical you can hang lanterns or string lights in the trees surrounding your benches. The bench area can be romantic with twinkle lights or calming with colored globes.
Garden lights can also be used to highlight your favorite areas or plants in your garden area. The solar spot lights are great for this and give a modern feel to the garden. However there are many other options to choose from as well. You can use lanterns that hang on shepherd style hooks, or even led lights that are designed to look like wild grass or flowers!
Outdoor lighting design is really a great place to express your style while adding functionality to your garden and patio space. If you are looking for solar patio lights or decorative whale lights there are plenty of places to buy your outside lighting. It is always nice to match your lighting design to the outdoor decor and architecture of your house, this will not only add value to your home but it will give you extra living space to enjoy and entertain in.
One other thing to consider is to install some deck lighting also. I have just started to do this with my existing deck and it has made a difference in the look and feel of being outside at night.