Let There Be Light — Outdoors, in Your Yard

Outdoor Lighting

Chase away the darkness this winter with new outdoor lighting. Daylight savings time is over, and you and your family have been left in the dark. Don’t let the earth’s pesky orbital pattern keep you from enjoying your property to the fullest.

The fall season is a great time to be outdoors. The air is crisp and cool, and the vibrant foliage is beautiful to behold, but you have to behold it quickly, because it will be dark by the time you get home from work.

How can you enjoy this unique season to the fullest? Install some outdoor lighting and lengthen your time out on the deck or in the yard.

Safety First

Your first priority with outdoor lighting should be safety. Can you see properly when you come up the front walk after work or take the trash out back after dinner? If not, you may need some path lighting. These low-voltage lamps are quick and easy to install and require no expensive wiring — they can just be set up anywhere you need extra light.

Now that we’ve checked off safety, how about comfort? Spending time outdoors is relaxing and rejuvenating, but sitting in the dark can be a little depressing. Why not add some lighting to your deck or porch? Recessed lights along the undersides of railings can add just the right amount of ambient lighting. Select a lot or just a few, depending on how bright you want your space to be.

As it gets closer to holiday time, consider replacing some of the bulbs with colored ones of red, green or blue for a festive atmosphere.

Task Lighting

If you have a cooking or eating area outside, you may want to install more substantial lighting in these areas, to made food prep easier and so you can see what you’re eating. Family meals can easily be transformed into romantic dinners by switching off a few lights and adding some candles.

If you have any type of covering on your deck, or if you have a porch, you likely already have some type of lighting fixture and possibly a ceiling fan as well. Adding a few more lights to be used in the dark months, however, can make a world of difference. Some thoughtfully placed pendant lighting is attractive and useful. Go with a stainless steel variety for a modern look, or wrought iron for a rural feel.

Strings of light are always festive as well. Have them affixed to the ceiling or roof, or, if you don’t have either, string them between poles mounted in the ground or attached to the railings.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless. Call Earthworks Landscaping today to start making plans to add some outdoor lighting to your deck or yard, and stay up late snuggling outside with a cup of tea and that special someone.

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