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Quick Tips for Lighting Outdoor Spaces

When it comes to accessorizing your home and landscape, many people are focused on the aesthetics. While style is certainly important, size and functionality are critical to properly illuminate a space. For outdoor living, fixtures should disperse enough light to help guests see where they’re walking and highlight the best features of your lawn. Learn more about lighting your exterior spaces!

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Pathway Lighting

Kichler Path LightStarting at the foot of your driveway, would someone be able to see the way to your front door at nighttime? Path lights leading to the entryway provide safety and security when the sun goes down.

The fixtures should be placed about six to eight feet apart or closer, depending on how bright of a glow you want, with additional step or spotlights as needed.

Porch Lighting

How big is your front porch? The area covered will determine the size and number of fixtures needed. For instance, a wraparound will require more illumination than a stoop but choosing oversized fixtures could make a big space look smaller.

The outdoors are a natural space, so less artificial light is often better for ambiance. A few recessed cans or hanging lanterns add a light glow that doesn’t overwhelm the area.

If your porch has a large seating area to accommodate several guests, the light and air circulation from an outdoor ceiling fan could also be beneficial.

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4 Lighting Upgrades for Summer

Warm weather is here, kids are out of school and everyone is looking forward to summer relaxation. Make the most of the season without leaving your house with lighting and home automation upgrades! Whether you’re planning to renovate the landscape or have a big party coming up, keep them comfortable with practical lighting updates that enhance your home.

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Light Pathways

outdoor patio lightingOne of the best parts of summer is more daylight. Although the sun sets later, guests should be able to walk up and down your pathways safely. Create a beautiful footpath that highlights the best features of your landscape, like fresh flowers or new stonework, with path lights, in-ground well lights and more.

Landscape Lighting

Outdoor patios and other seating areas should be well-lit for convenience and security. We have a variety of styles to choose from, including deck lights, step lights and post mount lanterns.

Concerned about running up the electric bill? Low-voltage lighting is an energy-efficient choice for the landscape. All you need is an outdoor GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet, a large transformer and cables to connect lights.

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2019 Outdoor Lighting & Design Trends

Outdoor living areas have become like the rooms in our homes. We furnish, light and accessorize these spaces, to make them more comfortable and inviting. For those who like to spend time in the yard, now is the time to update your landscape for spring and summer! We explore some popular lighting and outdoor design tips for homeowners.

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Indoor-Outdoor Connection

porch with outdoor fan and furniture The lines are blurring between indoor and outdoor living spaces – think large picture windows and French patio doors. Make a seamless transition between interior and exterior areas by choosing accents that complement the home’s overall style. For instance, match the farmhouse lighting and accessories of your indoor rooms with rustic furniture and light fixtures for the patio.

Highlight Your Landscape

Focus attention on the favorite features of your landscape with exterior lighting. Bring your flower beds and lush greenery to life with well-placed fixtures that direct light where you want it. Materials like wood and metal complement the natural appeal of the outdoors.

Integrated LED Lighting

Over the years, LED lighting has grown in popularity and continues to evolve. Fixtures are now LED-integrated, with built-in bulbs that last up to 50 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. From flush mounts to wet-rated ceiling fans, enjoy outdoor living in style without the worry of constant light bulb changes, while you save on energy costs!

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Outdoor Lighting Updates for Spring

Spring is on its way! When the snow melts and the ground thaws, many homeowners start to prepare their lawns for the season. Is your landscape ready for outdoor lighting? The following tips will help you prepare the grounds for spring lighting projects.

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Check for Winter Damage

exterior of a home at nightThe yard is an essential factor of your home’s “curb appeal” – how attractive the property looks from the street. Inspect the outdoor areas, including the lawn, garden and shrubbery, for any damage caused by winter weather. If you keep your exterior lights up year-round:

  • Make sure all wires are intact
  • Clean the salt and debris off lenses
  • Remove bulbs and wipe the sockets clean with steel wool
  • Replace dead bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs
  • Make sure outdoor outlets have waterproof covers

Yard Maintenance

Outdoor lighting brings your landscape to life and provides an extra layer of security. If the grounds are overgrown, the best features of your home will not be highlighted. When winter weather goes into hibernation, make sure to remove all fallen branches and debris from the yard.

As temperatures rise, reseed areas of the lawn that have been affected by snow and de-icer, so new grass grows in lush and green. Trim back unkept shrubbery, especially around light fixtures. Finally, remove the old mulch from flower beds and re-mulch for spring growth.

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Your One-Stop-Shop for Home Improvement

Whether you’re shopping for a new addition to light a dark area of your landscape or the best energy-saving light bulbs on the market, Connecticut Lighting Centers has thousands of options. CT Live! recently stopped by our showroom to walk the store with our Vice President, Todd Director.

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LED Bulbs

Customers who visit our showrooms for the first time may have a negative impression of LEDs. Bulbs purchased at other stores may have been tinted blue, burned out quickly or flickered.

At Connecticut Lighting Centers, we educate our customers as to why the LED bulbs we carry are high-quality and energy-efficient.

Lighting Controls

Lutron Caséta Wireless is a lighting control system that allows you to dim lights from your phone. For only $99, you receive the hub, dimmer and remote. Simply download the free application and control your lights from anywhere in the world!

If you don’t want to wire another jack into your wall, you’re able to buy a decorative wall plate and mount the dimmer like a regular light switch.

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