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If you own a commercial building, you're probably focused on keeping costs as low as possible while keeping the building secure. Here are some tips to get you started:
Your deck is probably one of the more fun parts of your home. Perhaps you use it for barbecues or to hold a hot tub. Good deck lighting can showcase your deck, while keeping you and your guests safe.
Focus accent lights on tricky areas like walkways and stairs. Recessed deck lighting -- lights that are set into the surface of the deck, and are strong enough to be stepped on -- is a great way to mark the edges of a deck (also useful for boat docks!).
For security's sake, you may want to invest in low-voltage deck lights that automatically shut themselves off at dawn and on at dusk. Solar-powered deck lights may be an even more economical choice.
Exterior Lighting Tips: You have outdoor floodlights and ceiling fans on your deck or porch, but you want to create more outdoor ambiance. Try these great ideas: Warm bronze lights under benches create a cozy conversation area. In your exterior lighting design, pair under bench lights with metal deck sconces and deck lights. Try a bit of whimsical exterior lighting. The Kathy Ireland illuminated plug-in Jardin du Jour Garden Critters Landscape statues can prance about on your deck or porch—they also define walkways or garden paths in a charming welcoming-committee way.
Of course, proper lighting along paths and stairs is the most welcoming. If your deck has steps leading to the beach on the Northern California coast, install the Hinkley Coastal Series Copper Finish Step Light. This bit of outdoor lighting design will keep your beach party guests safe, withstand the elements, and add warmth to your deck space. You can also opt for mini-beacons around railings and posts.
*You built your deck or porch to enjoy the outdoors. Investing in exterior lighting can add to your outdoor experience.
Exterior Lighting Tips: When planning your exterior lighting design, you can get inspiration from your own doorstep. Take a look at these exterior lighting tips:
*Exterior Lighting Tips: "The old lamplighter, from long, long ago..." That's a line from a song your grandparents probably sang, and you've always had nostalgia for a time before you were born. You own the colonial or Victorian-style home so why not complete the period look with period exterior lighting? You don't have to break the bank at antique stores, either. Lighting retailers offer antique-looking outdoor lighting fixtures for exterior lighting design. Check out these exterior lighting tips:
Exterior Lighting Tips: You're considering renting a police siren and uniform because you're worried about break-ins. But, before you get arrested yourself for impersonating a law enforcement officer, take a trip to your lighting or home improvement store. Here's a police report on exterior lighting design for home security:
Exterior Lighting Tips: Your prize Floribunda Tropicana rose bushes are the envy of the subdivision but you want them to get more exposure. You wish you could show them off at night with a romantic moonlight effect. You can!
While you're moonlighting as a gardener, you might not have time in-between comparing different rose food brands to think about exterior lighting. Two words that will make you abandon your American Beauty roses: Cross lighting. Placing two or more uplights around that rose bush, and the Greek statue next to it, reveals the beauty of rose petals and laurel leaves. This is known as cross lighting.
If your rose bushes are beneath a large spreading tree, you can combine cross lighting with outdoor light downlighting by hanging soft outdoor lighting fixtures such as frosted lanterns in tree branches. This gives the illusion of moonlight on a moonless night with an attractive combination of light and shadows. With such beautiful exterior lighting design techniques, everyone will want to stop and smell the roses...even you!
Exterior Lighting Tips: String outdoor lighting fixtures aren't just for barbecues and pool parties! You can enjoy string exterior lighting all year round. It's perfect accent outdoor lighting for decks, patios, verandas, gardens, as well as outdoor and even indoor porches. Try decorating your shrubs and trees with white Christmas lights to match the glow from your string lamps. String outdoor lighting is accentuated by a variety of shades:
Exterior Lighting Tips: Your indoor lighting bills are just about under control. Oh, no! You still have your exterior lighting to consider. Do you opt for a moonlight mood or dine under the stars by candlelight? While these choices are natural, not to mention romantic, they're not practical. Read these exterior lighting tips:
Exterior Lighting Tips: You're not ready to buy that woodland cottage or mountain cabin, but you'd like to bring a touch of country to your condominium. We offer exterior lighting design tips to achieve that rustic look:
Are you ready for some night swimming but find yourself in the dark about how to light your pool area? Looking for exterior lighting tips? Try installing landscape lights in the garden area around your pool. When installing landscape lights, be careful that they are in a position to provide adequate light.
Avoid installing them in undergrowth or they won't be as effective. If the beams of light are obstructed by grass, shrubs, or plants, they won't get the job done. Make sure that your lights send their beams to your pool area without being interrupted.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|