If you are updating the outdoor areas of your home, making the space more like the living area inside your home is a great investment. Lighting for the outdoor living space is also important, and you want to plan for functionality and appearance, which include options like strip lighting, recessed can lights that are flush with surfaces and accent lighting to highlight landscaping design or architectural details of your home. If you want your outdoor space to have the feel of the lighting inside your home, here are some ideas to give decks and landscaping the elegant lighting design they need:
Flush-Mounted Recessed Lights for Decks, Patio and Pavement Surfaces
Round lights that are mounted flush with ceilings inside homes are common, and can also be a feature that is continued with surfaces outside of your home. Lights that are flush with surfaces can be mounted along the edge of low deck surfaces, inside retaining walls or along landscaping pathways. For low stairs without railings, the recessed lights installed in risers will highlight the deck and stair design, as well as provide sufficient lighting for safety.
Safety and Elegance with Indirect Light Installed Under Hand Railings and Post Caps
If you have stairs and hand railings in your outdoor living spaces, you want these features to be attractive, as well as sufficient light for safety. Indirect lighting with lights that are mounted beneath the handrails is a great way to achieve this. The downlight will highlight the design of railings, while clearly marking the edge of surfaces like decks. Also, you have the choice between strip lighting, individual lights or railing post caps with the lights hidden inside them. Using post cap lights will add a unique and interesting touch to the design of your outdoor living space. To blend the lighting design and all outdoor spaces, use the same post cap lights for decks, and in landscaping features like privacy screens and fencing.
Lighting Options to Highlight Design Features of Outdoor Living Space
To create the comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for your outdoor space, you will also want to highlight certain design features. Lighting can be used to make features like plants standout, or create focal points for hardscaping and architectural details. Round outdoor spotlights come in many different sizes and are a great choice for directing light up to highlight outdoor features. For outdoor living space lighting design, you want to create a relaxing ambient, so use lights with a dimmer glow, as well as combine features, so you have uniform lighting that is attractive and functional; this means that you do not want to leave dark shadows where there is no light. To create shadows in the outdoor design, use brighter lighting for highlights and dimmer low-voltage lights for functionality.
Using Outdoor Lighting Design to Blend Living Spaces and Landscaping Together
One of the challenges when designing outdoor living space is to make everything blend together. Good lighting design can help you achieve this goal. Use similar lighting continuously from deck or patio areas and to an invisible barrier around the outdoor space. The trick is to balance design and lighting needs into a practical and attractive solution. Using a combination of different lighting fixtures is a great solution. Use post cap lights that can be used on decks, wood fences, and landscaping privacy screens. A combination of recessed and other round light fixtures is good to achieve the lighting design goal in areas that need lower light solutions.
Elegant Outdoor Fixtures for Custom Lighting for Seating and Dining Areas
Lastly and most important are the seating and dining areas outdoors. There are many different choices of outdoor light fixtures that can be used in these areas. If you have a fixed outdoor dining table, a custom iron chandelier is perfect for a finishing touch. For cooking areas and seating, consider custom light fixtures that provide sufficient lighting for these areas that will be used more frequently.
These are some of the outdoor lighting solutions that will transform your outdoor space into an extension of your interior living space. If you are ready to transform your landscaping, contact an electrician to help with the installation of lighting for your outdoor living space.