Light Up the Night! Quick Facts about Outdoor Lighting


Article by: Debbie Rodgers

When the days start to get shorter, the darkness may drive us inside , Super Foods from Home Vegetable Gardens from our porches, , Winterizing Your Roses patios , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? or decks. , Barefoot at the Cottage Don't despair - outdoor , Roses and Juniper Rock Gardens lighting can lengthen the day and dramatically extend the potential of our outdoor , Winterizing Your Roses living spaces.

The first step, as with any project, is to plan. , The Beauty of Basil How do you want to use this space after dark, and what lighting will you need? Lighting can be summarized in four categories:

  • Security lighting is needed in highly vulnerable areas of your property. , How to Find and Work With a Porch Swing Contractor To Install the Porch Swing of Your Dreams Because it is bright and often motion activated, keep it away from the living areas so that it's not distracting. Alternatively, have your security , All About Hybrid Tea Roses lighting on a manual on/off switch so that you can override automatic illumination.

  • Task lighting is for performing specific activities such as grilling or walking safely up and down steps and along paths. , A Few of My Favorite Backyard Birding Tips You should place , A Few of My Favorite Backyard Birding Tips task lighting between your eyes and the object that needs to be lighted and should take care that it does not glare. An overly bright light , How to Rid that Lawn of Thatch! will blind rather than guide.

  • Accent lighting adds drama or can highlight an unusual feature. , A Few of My Favorite Backyard Birding Tips Uplighting, for example can illuminate an interesting piece of statuary. Silhouetting, achieved by placing a light , 5 Pieces of Equipment Gardeners Can't Live Without between an object and a fence or wall, , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 6) The Autopot dramatically displays an unusual tree , Spring is Around the Corner - How is Your Garden? or bush.

  • General or ambient lighting provides overall illumination so that people feel comfortable and look good. The most magical of lighting imitates what is found in nature , Landscaping Your Patio - moonlight or starlight. Moonlighting is produced by hanging lights , Pond Liners in mature trees, , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 6) The Autopot pointing downward to produce a dappled effect, as if the area were lit by a full moon. The look of starlight can be achieved through the use of flickering candles, sprinkled here and there throughout the space, or by suspending tiny lights , The Best Fertilizing Tips For A Green Healthy Lawn in the branches of a tree , Gardening with Garden Decor to create a sparkling night time canopy. Of course, there are many other attractive types of light , How To Build A Garden Bench - some just plain fun!

No matter what type of lighting you choose, it will be powered by one of these sources.

  • Fire is the oldest source of light , Preformed Pond Liners and considered by some to be the most romantic. Flames, produced by candles or oil-burning lamps, are warm and flattering to faces, and have a hypnotic effect that induces calm and relaxation. Firelight on reflected surfaces such as ponds, , Transplanting Trees mirrors and even gazing balls is a particularly effective way to create atmospheric lighting and enhance the impression of light. , All About Hybrid Tea Roses

Try snaking a row of candles along a garden , Concrete Mold Buying Tips path or suspending them in glass , Barefoot at the Cottage jars from branches. An array of tiki burning torches can add an exotic touch to your patio , Your Dream Garden area. Although torches are designed to withstand a reasonable amount of wind, it's best to provide as much protection as possible to any open flame and never leave one unattended.

  • Solar-powered lights , Winterizing Your Roses are an easy and portable choice for outdoor , Gardening - An Expression lighting. Some lights , Outdoor Sports ing have a collector panel that can be concealed behind shrubbery, while others contain their own energy , Super Foods from Home Vegetable Gardens cell and absorb the sun's rays even on a cloudy day.

  • Battery-operated and rechargeable units are also wireless and very portable while in use.

  • Line-powered or hard-wired lights , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? are connected to the electrical system of your home. , Garden Design: Plant a Woodland Gardens with Minimal Effort and Expense Weatherproof lamps may be plugged directly into an outdoor , Grow Herbs in your Garden for Pleasure and Profit socket. Wire for lighting that is further from the house , General Lawn Maintenance Tips runs through buried conduits. The most permanent of outdoor , Flag Day: Will You Be Ready? lighting, it is also the most expensive, sometimes costing in the tens of thousands of dollars. It should be installed by a licensed , Annuals For Shade electrician.

  • Low-voltage units also connect to the electrical system of your home, , Ideas For Your Front Yard Landscaping Project but are fitted with a transformer that reduces the electrical current from 120 volts to a safer supply of 12 volts. Although they are less durable than line-powered fixtures, they are also a lot less expensive and are ideal for a small outside , Green Grass Cutting: Reel Lawnmowers space where only short cable runs are required. They are designed for an easy do-it-yourself installation.

Whatever your light , Water Conservation in the Garden - Use a Rain Barrel to Harvest Rainwater source, keep these tips , Gardening with Garden Decor in mind:

  • Less is more in lighting. Be subtle: try to hide lights , Gardening - An Expression where possible and use a low watt bulb. , Gardening with Garden Decor

  • Avoid setting lights , Preformed Pond Liners in straight lines up and down paths, , Winterizing Your Roses drives or patio , Building Liner Ponds edges. This "airport runway" effect is a very common error.

  • Yellow lights , Adirondack Chairs - The Proper Way to Care for Them are unflattering to both people and plants. , Coping With Algae in the Garden Pond Where possible, install blue-white bulbs , 5 Pieces of Equipment Gardeners Can't Live Without or purchase daylight-blue filters for your fixtures.

  • Position outside lights , Boundaries and Rooms in Your Garden where they are easily accessible for changing light , Stock Lawn Mower Parts For Greater Availability Of Mowers bulbs. Investing in long-life outdoor , Names Of Spring Flowers bulbs will make the maintenance even easier.

  • With any unit requiring electricity, , Stock Lawn Mower Parts For Greater Availability Of Mowers use the protection of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) on all outdoor , Sports Lighting circuits.

Don't let the sun , All About Hybrid Tea Roses dictate the use of your outdoor , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? space. Get outside , The Best Fertilizing Tips For A Green Healthy Lawn after dark and light , Transplanting Trees up the night!
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Debbie Rodgers owns and operates Paradise Porch, , Preformed Pond Liners and is dedicated to helping people create outdoor , Organic Gardening living spaces that nurture and enrich them. Visit her on the web , Transplanting Trees at and get a free report on "Eight easy ways to create privacy in your outdoor , Pond Liners space". Mail to

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