A good exterior lighting design is an easy way to add value and beauty to your home. Unfortunately, when done poorly, outdoor lighting design can really take away from the overall look of your home.
In order to help you avoid the embarrassment of a bad out door and patio lighting plan, we have put together a few of the most pervasive pitfalls you need to avoid.
- Lack of Contrast – Residential outdoor lighting designs are all about subtlety. If your plan is to simply install high powered lights and call it a day you’re making a mistake. Instead, try to recreate and amplify the natural moon light; create gentle glow through the yard and add bright, clear pockets of light around key entertaining or landscaping features.
- Creating a Glare – Nothing is worse for a landscape lighting design than a glare. These eyesores are the result of a light that is simply too powerful and can be very distracting to viewers. If you have a light fixture that is creating a glare, it can be fixed fairly easily by frosting the glass.
- Uneven Placement – Nothing stands out more than poorly placed lights. If the lights are unevenly spaced, your lighting design will be clearly out of balance. Additionally, simply using too strong of a light can really affect your lighting design. Unlike most things, lighting design is often improved by having three less-bright lights focused on a fixture than a single powerful light.
- Poor Color Temperature – While there have long been options for the different hues of your light bulbs, never has there been a more subtle way to vary color temperature than with LED lights. That is because the color temperature of LEDs is determined by the energy used (for example, LEDs labeled 4200-6500k will have a blue-white light).
Color temperature is a very important consideration when planning your outdoor or patio lighting. If the colors you choose are too warm, you risk leaving everything in a yellowish haze, whereas too blue or cold lighting can look a little tacky and dull if they are overused. Here again, the importance is subtlety and contrasts.
Your exterior lighting design is important for the value of your home. By avoiding the four pitfalls listed above, you can help to ensure your home looks its best.