Lighting up your home outside is just as important as indoor lighting. It is vital for visual orientation fists and then safety, security and of course balancing indoor ambience. Outdoor lighting is important in reflecting the external persona of a structure and its surroundings. It sets a particular mood and a visual treat.
There are many unique lighting ideas, techniques and approaches when it comes to outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting spaces comprise the areas surrounding the structure, the pathways, swimming pools or fountains, the landscape surrounding the structure, patios, balconies, decks, porches, et cetera.
It presents an enormous scope for experimentation. The market offers a variety of options. You can get floor lights, tree lights, lanterns, string bulbs, scoops, recessed lighting, louvered faced ights or solar lights devoid of wires and operating with batteries.
There are various techniques to be used to light the outdoors. There is Spot lighting which focuses the light on the sculpture and may be positioned to minimize the glare and focus just on that local point.
Furthermore, there is Silhouetting lighting and that means placing the light behind the object to bring out its shape.
There is Shadowing option, which is placing the light source in front of the object to create a light and shadow effect.
There is Moonlighting option, which requires light to be places on the trees and aiming it down to give a natural moonlit effect.
There is Deck lighting, step lighting, walkway lighting and sign lighting and many more various techniques that are used when it comes to outdoor lighting.
The basic things to keep in mind is that the lighting is exposed to all the outside elements. For example, if you want to light water features and the light source is inside the water to create a glittering and rippling effect, appropriate lighting fixtures and lights are chosen.
If you are curious and want to try out your creative lighting talents, there are self-lighting kits of low voltage available on the market. Get one and explore your creativity.
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