Tips on Choosing the Best Outdoor Lighting for Your Backyard

Lighting can make or break an area in your property. You can alter the ambiance and feel of a room just by altering its lighting setup. This principle also applies to the exterior of the house, mainly the front and back gardens. The right outdoor lighting setup can give you the spacious, comfortable patio area you have always wanted.

Choosing outdoor lighting is slightly different than choosing lights for the different rooms inside the house. After speaking with several experts regarding a new lighting for my own backyard, here are my top tips on choosing outdoor lighting you can try.

Understand the Challenges

The first thing you want to do when trying to add lighting to the backyard is reviewing the present setup. Do you have fixtures already installed in certain areas? How big is the garden? Are there certain areas you want to accentuate?

These details will greatly determine the kind of lighting you should use depending on the ambiance you want to create. For a small remodeling project with a relatively limited budget, for example, you want to use as many of the old fixtures as possible.

Size matters too. You can place the right number of lights – and select the correct light output or power for the area – depending on the size and shape of your back garden. Don’t forget to consider corners and receding lines commonly found in back gardens, since they will alter the required lighting setup greatly.

Mood and Type of Lighting

Next, it is time to determine the mood you want to create. The majority of homeowners – myself included – want their back gardens to look warm and welcoming. This is part of the reasons why warmer outdoor lights are more popular on the market. That said, you can still opt for daylight lights if you want a brighter, more functional tone.

As for the type of light, you can save a lot of money in the long run by opting for LEDs. LEDs are more reliable these days. They are also designed to be easier to install. You can even find kits such as an outdoor LED wall pack lighting set or even a solar-powered garden light. These kits are designed to meet even the most complicated lighting needs.

Plan Ahead

The last thing to figure out is placement. I discovered that the best way to get the lighting placement right is through trial and error. Don’t install lights permanently right away. Instead, use rubber tacks or double-sided tape to secure the lights in their positions.

After the lights are installed, try the setup out and make adjustments as you see fit. Make sure all essential areas are well-lit before marking the position of each light. You can have the lights installed permanently the next day.

With these tips in mind, you know you will get the perfect lighting setup at the end of the process. Regardless of the kind of lighting you want to have, start with getting to know the space and figuring out the details carefully. This will help you get the result you want.

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  1. My husband and I are wanting to install lights along our path in the backyard. I appreciate the advice to figure out the placement without installing them permanently first. This way we can plan how we want them to look and make sure they’re all spaced well before we make it permanent!

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