How to Choose Exterior Fixtures

Exterior lighting keeps you and your guests safe when walking after dusk, provides a measure of home security – and looks beautiful. Path lighting and front porch fixtures set the tone for anyone entering your home. Make sure you choose the very best lighting for the right exterior application. What should you know about selecting outdoor lights?

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Identify Your Goals

exterior lighting and greeneryThe exterior lights you choose will depend on what you’re trying to achieve. Common goals include compensating for insufficient lighting and showcasing a manicured landscape.

In another instance, you may work late and keep the outdoor fixtures on for long periods of time. This can take a toll on your electricity bill, but you can save money with LED bulbs. Connecticut Lighting Centers has a variety of efficient LED fixtures that consume less energy and can withstand the elements.

No matter your lighting goals, our showroom experts can help steer you in the right direction.

What’s Your House Style?

The type of home you have will directly impact the outdoor lighting you choose. To maintain your curb appeal, it’s important to select fixtures that complement your house, whether it’s a Colonial, Cape Cod or bungalow style. For example, if you live in a traditional style home, classic lighting will likely match better than overtly modern fixtures.

Also consider the home’s color and accent features. If you have brickwork, finishes like bronze and copper are a good complement. For darker tones like gray exterior paint, choose chrome or black finishes.

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Create a Backyard Oasis with Lighting

Summers in New England are the best time to be outside enjoying the sunshine, warm breezes and cool nights. Many of us love to host get-togethers with our family and friends, but if your outdoor patio, deck or backyard pool area is dimly lit, it’s not the best entertaining space. Whether you’re hosting a casual party or major social event, rather than gathering everyone inside on a nice evening or renting an expensive banquet room, transform your outdoor space with the right lighting. What steps can you take?

Add Layers of Light

pool and outdoor patio lightingThe simplest way to add a soft glow to your backyard without the glare of too many bright lights is to layer with ambient, task and accent lighting. What’s the difference between each?

Ambient Lighting

This is your main source of lighting for the space. An ambient fixture should bathe the backyard in gentle light that is not too dim or harsh. Depending on the size of your yard, this could be a large chandelier over the dining table or spotlights attached to the home.

Task Lighting

What will guests be doing in the backyard? If you have activities or an outdoor bar set up across the grass, people should be able to see what they’re doing while they’re doing it. A table lamp or under-cabinet lighting can help you safely accomplish these tasks.

Accent Lighting

Finally, accent lighting can create depth and highlights the aesthetic features of your space. When you want to show off your manicured lawn and shrubbery or your favorite garden gnomes, post and path lights help illuminate these characteristics of your landscape.

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Energy-Saving Tips to Light Your Home This Summer

Summers in New England can be hot and humid, but many of us prefer the heat over bitter cold winter weather. When we see these extreme temperatures, we often also see extreme increases on our HVAC bills. When you’re planning lighting design for the upcoming summer, consider these 3 easy tips to light your home and save energy.

Landscape Lighting: Less Is More

exterior lighting and greeneryLighting the outside of your home at night is about safety and aesthetics. A sufficiently lit pathway prevents guests from falling and can help deter intruders, but also creates a beautiful scene of illuminated shrubbery.

We like to say that less is more with landscape lighting, especially during the summer, because homeowners want to keep the ambience of a warm summer night when daylight lingers until after 8pm.

It also lowers your energy costs to strategically place lighting fixtures around the yard, rather than several groups near each other. We recommend using energy-efficient LED bulbs, so you do not have to worry about the cost of keeping outside lights on all night long.

Indoor Lighting: Be in Control

There are two surefire ways to run up your electricity bill inside the home: over-lighting rooms and failing to turn the lights off when you leave. Too much light can be harsh, depending on the time of day.

Five fixtures brightening a single room at night can have the opposite effect of relaxation after a long day at work! We suggest having multiple switches with dimmers for each light source, so you can be in complete control of which lights are on and how bright they are.

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Paint a Picture with Landscape Lighting

Our Vice President, Todd Director, recently appeared on Better Connecticut to discuss the many benefits of landscape lighting. He showed Scot Haney one of our clients’ homes in Wethersfield, who did a fantastic job with landscape lighting, as well as our extensive inventory of low voltage products.

What Is Low Voltage Landscape Lighting?

Landscape lighting is a great way to improve the aesthetic value and security of your home. When you shine a light on your home, garden and trees, your property not only looks breathtaking at night, but helps to deter intruders.

One of the best features of our landscape products is low voltage lighting. Line voltage is very dangerous wiring that needs to be trenched very deep in the ground. On the other hand, low voltage wiring is safer and can be added at any time during a design project. For example, as your rose bushes continue to grow and change appearance, you can continue to build on landscape lighting.

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Tips to Light Your Outdoor Patio

Outdoor patios are the ultimate entertaining space for homeowners. When you create a cozy and functional place for friends and family to gather on a sunny spring day or warm summer evening, lighting design is essential. For guests to be comfortable, they should be able to see when the sun goes down! We offer 6 tips to help you light a patio.

Accentuate the Steps

outdoor patio lighting As the host of a party, you never want a guest to be injured on your property. Steps are often the culprit when someone trips and falls outside a home. Riser lights can be installed within steps so each one is highlighted as you approach the staircase, big or small!

Add a Ceiling Fan

An outdoor ceiling fan serves two functions for you and your guests. For one, it can help circulate cool air across the space to keep everyone comfortable on a hot day or night. And when the sun sets, a ceiling fan can provide some overhead lighting to keep the party going.

Back to Recessed Basics

Covered outdoor patios can keep guests dry during a brief rain shower and provide a more formal setting for a dinner party. When natural sunlight is blocked, it’s important for a patio to be adequately lit. Recessed lighting can save space and provide a soft, ambient glow.

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