Outdoor Lighting Guide

With summer here and more time spent outdoors, you may find yourself dreaming of updates to your outside living area. Make the most of the season after sunset with some the following lighting tips and guidelines.


 Image courtesy of Stan Topol and Associates

Image courtesy of Stan Topol and Associates

Mind The View

Plan your lighting to complement your views, not obstruct them. Spend some time onsite at different points in the day before finalizing your lighting. This will give you valuable clues regarding placement, size, and wattage.

This patio, part of a larger project underway at a private club in North Carolina, makes use of Laura Lee Designs custom post lanterns. They are installed at the perfect height to allow the landscape to shine by day, then create a soft, relaxing ambiance after sunset. Design by Stan Topol and Associates.


 Laura Lee Designs lanterns 

Laura Lee Designs lanterns 

Check The UL Rating

The UL rating will indicate if your fixture can be hung in the elements. Dry rated lights are suitable for indoors while damp and wet rated lights are generally the best and often only option for outdoor fixtures. 

In some cases, fixtures rated dry can be customized to withstand the elements by adding adding glass or sealing the top of the light. Not sure how your chosen fixture will stand up to the elements? Give us a call, we would be happy to walk you through the selection process!


 Image courtsey of Thomas Michna

Image courtsey of Thomas Michna

Experiment with Scale

While small, jewel-like lights can look lovely flanking the garage or entry, sometimes is pays to go big! Perhaps a large pendant or wall lantern is what your home needs to create dramatic curb appeal.

This design project by Thomas Michna makes use of scale through using a custom-made wall lantern with electrified candles; an unexpected touch in an exterior fixture.

 

 

 

 

 


 Lantern installed at a Malibu beach home

Lantern installed at a Malibu beach home

A Word About Oceanside Lighting

While living on the beach can be wonderful, salt water can do damage to metal elements in your home. If your home or project is in close proximity to the ocean, we highly recommend and option called galvanizing. This involves coating the entire fixture with a rust resistant treatment and will allow you years of additional enjoyment.

The best thing about galvanizing? Electing this treatment will not affect the final finish of the fixture., meaning you can take advantage of any of our 11 hand painted finishes.