It’s that time of year: Daylight Saving Time (DST) is almost over, and brisk, cool air is rolling into many parts of the country. The mornings are lighter and the evenings, darker.
These changes mean it’s also time to evaluate residential outdoor lighting systems and fixtures for the season. The right exterior lighting will keep homeowners safe from trips and stumbles after the sun goes down.
Here are some tips for optimal outdoor lighting after DST:
1. Wall washing
To create a highlighting effect, illuminate the front walls of a house using the wall washing technique. Look for lighting fixtures specifically designed for exterior wall coverage, as they have wider angles. A fixture designed for a wide spread of light on a wall will provide an even diffusion of illumination at night.
Place low-wattage lights on the ground several feet from the walls. Angle them upward to create a gradient of light that covers the walls of the exterior.
2. Wall sconces
Wall sconces are a great way to highlight a front door or porch area without the use of a bold floodlight. From wrought-iron to aged bronze or brushed metal, sconce designs can complement an exterior décor, creating a unique look.
Motion-sensing wall sconces are a great addition to a carport or garage. As the days get shorter, more people complete their evening commute after dark. Motion-sensing lighting fixtures can help light a safe path to the entrance of the home, making them a great addition to commonly used outdoor spaces.
3. Walkway lighting
Walkway lighting may not be in a homeowner’s sight-line, but they can be an essential addition to create a safe environment after DST. Installing several walkway lights at multiple levels can maximize nighttime lighting.
Solar-powered LED walkway lights become even more useful after the end of DST. Solar-powered LED lights will adjust to current light levels and turn on when necessary. Without the need for a timer or electric power source, solar-powered LED lights can also be an environmentally friendly addition to an outdoor lighting design.
4. In-ground lighting
Ground lighting is the perfect solution for a landscaped yard. Not only will it provide lighting at night, but it can also be used to highlight a favorite feature of the garden such as trees, plants or sculptures. An in-ground light is also a clever way to highlight columns, gates or other home accents.
Outdoor lighting is an important part of creating a safe outdoor lighting design, after DST ends and year-round. Consider these tips when planning your lighting design to help prevent trips and slips while enhancing the home’s security and aesthetic appeal.
Source: Build Direct