Chances are that you take pride in the appearance of your home and want to enjoy it as much as you can, even when the sun goes down. So, perhaps you are considering patio lighting. Adding lighting to your home’s patio can enhance safety by brightening walkways. It can also create dramatic looks and effects in your home.
Whatever the reason – amplifying the beauty of your home, creating a secure environment, or simply relaxing and entertaining – proper planning can help you get the most out of your patio lighting.
Use Different Types of Lighting
Consider a couple of different types of lighting to provide ambiance as well as safety. Accent lights are usually space saving and low voltage. They can be mounted on posts, railings, or steps that focus light downward, increasing visibility. Outdoor rated holiday lights or rope lights can be used on your deck year-round to create a relaxing atmosphere. Cast shadows on walls or other flat surfaces by placing lights in front of trees, fixtures, or sculptures. Accent lights placed at the base of a tree or in the ground can create a dramatic highlight.
How to Do It
Begin the planning process by sketching out your patio. Ideally, the best time to install lighting is while you are landscaping, but it can be added at any time. Keeping safety in mind, decide the amount of lighting that you want. At a minimum, you want to light steps and dark areas. Before purchasing lighting, try out some of your ideas at night with a flashlight. You will also see that you have ambient light coming from other sources that you should note. Consider a mix of standard voltage lighting for a brighter, more illuminated area and low voltage lighting for mood and accents. You might even want to try solar.
Don’t overdo it. Less is more. Lighting comes in all shapes and sizes – suspended, mounted on your home, under eaves, on poles, and in the ground. Do some research, and decide what works best for you. With the proper lighting, not only will you be able to maximize the use of your home and patio, you’ll be able to show it off – literally. Contact us to get started.
There’s a reason why security lighting packages are becoming so popular. As many hidden cameras have shown, drive-by thieves are sometimes incredibly bold, coming right up to a home’s front doorstep or garage area to prowl around for packages left behind by mail delivery or valuable items left outside. To ward off these types of invasions, many homeowners are turning to security packages that feature both smart cameras and smart lighting fixtures.
Prevention is Key
Of course, security cameras can do a great job of capturing important information if a theft does occur, but security lighting can help prevent a theft from happening in the first place. It’s no secret that would-be thieves are likely to move on to another target when they encounter a well-lit property. By being proactive and lighting up a home, either with motion-sensing lighting fixtures or security lights that come on automatically at dus k, homeowners can lower the risk of an unpleasant, and perhaps even dangerous scenario.
Security – Inside and Out
Security is not just for the outside of the home either. A good security light package will include mechanisms to provide indoor security lighting features that make it look as if the homeowners are present, regardless of whether they really are or not. As the summer months approach and homeowners begin to plan their summer vacations, they should ask themselves if they feel comfortable with the current security measures surrounding their home. If not, now is a great time to adding a comprehensive security plan that includes lighting up key parts of both the interior and exterior of the home.
Checking for Vulnerabilities
Homeowners should look for areas around the home where a thief could gain entrance or could have access to valuable items. Of course, a good security lighting package will include coverage for all entranceways into the home and garage, as well as any exterior building(s) such as a garden shed or barn. Large shrubbery that provides dark cover around vulnerable windows would be an ideal spot for adding some in-ground flood lights. On the surface, it may appear that in-ground lights are being used to highlight landscaping, but they serve an additional purpose by adding protection around vulnerable parts of the home.
If you would like to know more about how to protect your property with security lighting, please contact us.
Many homeowners put a significant amount of thought into the lighting they use in other parts of the home, perhaps adding a chandelier to make a grand statement for the entrance of the home, or installing overhead pendant lighting to illuminate a kitchen island. As an afterthought, they might use a standard overhead light, along with a lamp or two in the bedroom. However, there really is so much more homeowners can do with lighting fixtures to make a bedroom feel like a relaxing oasis at the end of the day, in addition to fulfilling some practical functions.
What’s your Style?
In order to set the right tone in the bedroom, it’s important to consider one’s perso nal style. Using a favorite décor style will set a more positive and comfortable feeling in an area where people want to spend some relaxation time, rather than trying to adhere some strict decorating rule.
Of course, people typically admire a variety of different styles including contemporary, industrial, glamour styles, rustic, mid-century modern, coastal décor, and more. Fortunately, lighting options have come a long way in recent years. Whatever style a person is drawn to, there are lighting fixtures that will either match or blend with their particular style.
Where to Add Lighting
An overhead light fixture is the classic area to add “wow” factor to a bedroom. Some people like to add a touch of glam by installing a small chandelier overhead, whereas others want to create a relaxed beachy feeling by adding a lighting fixture with a ceiling fan. This latter choice of course, looks amazing in a room decorated with a Coastal/Hamptons feel.
To fulfill practical needs for illumination, some might want to add focused pendant lighting for a corner nook where they can read or knit. Others might want to consider adding a pair of sconces near the bed — great for reading before bedtime or to use while watching TV.
Contact us today to learn more about creating the perfect bedroom space in your home.
Most people love the change in seasons — when the days become longer, the temperatures warm up, and they can finally spend some time outdoors to enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. Of course, many people enjoy taking care of their garden and landscaping features around the home as well. For those who enjoy such pastimes, why not add the right lighting fixtures to show off all that hard work? It’s a great way to extend t he time a homeowner can enjoy their landscaping efforts, as well as providing an attractive environment for get-togethers with family members and friends. Neighboring pedestrians will also appreciate beautiful highlighted landscaping features to look at while they take their evening stroll.
Highlight the Best Features
Everyone has different ideas as to what makes the perfect garden and landscape area around the home. Some might want to spotlight an ornamental flowering tree, or perhaps a grouping of trees. Others might want to show off their beautiful flower beds to passersby. Some homeowners have large private backyards where they spend time entertaining friends and family during the warmer months. By having the right lighting fixtures outdoors, homeowners can extend their party times into the evening hours. Guests and family members can relax outdoors and enjoy strategically-placed illumination, perhaps taking a stroll along a lighted path to view garden features more closely.
Lighting it Up
After deciding what landscaping features to focus on, then it’s time to find the right lighting fixtures to do the job. To highlight a grouping of flowers or trees, there are both below ground and above ground flood lighting fixtures that can do the trick. String lighting can add sparkle to trees and bushes. Outdoor lanterns and post lighting can highlight garden paths, along with solar lighting spikes. Illuminating a small pond or water fountain is also a great way to add some pizzazz to one’s backyard.
Want to know more about beautifying your outdoor landscape with the right lighting fixtures? Please contact us!
It won’t be long before the chilly temperatures and gray, cloudy days of the winter season will soon be forgotten. Springtime will arrive right on schedule and with the new season, many homeowners will turn their attention to their outdoor landscape. With all the effort that people will put into making their yards look beautiful in the upcoming season, it’s important to consider how the right lighting features can highlight all that hard work. Outdoor lighting also serves other important functions such as supporting security measures against nighttime prowlers, along with providing su fficient illumination to keep homeowners from stumbling around in the dark and fumbling for their keys after they arrive home.
Illuminating Outdoor Features
Many homeowners use their backyard as a staycation throughout the spring and summer seasons. When families are too busy to get away from it all, it’s nice to know they can relax on their back porch or deck, invite friends over for dinner, and perhaps relax by the pool or hot tub. Of course, it’s important to have all the necessary lighting for these types of outdoor activities. Lighting manufacturers now offer spectacular options in wall sconces, and beautiful pendant lighting specially designed for the outdoors. Path and walkway lighting options offer features that serve not only to illuminate an evening stroll through the garden, but they themselves add a decorative note as well. Landscape flood lights are a great option for those who want to highlight a beautiful bed of flowers or a miniature decorative tree.
Adding Security to the Home
Adding security lighting features to key points around the home, including all entrance points, is a known deterrent for discouraging criminal behavior. Motion detector lighting not only can help prevent break-ins, it can also help discourage nighttime critters from foraging in the yard and digging up flowerbeds and vegetable gardens.
It’s important for both family members and guests to have sufficient lighting as they traverse walkways and paths and other areas around the home. Fortunately, there are a multitude of lighting options available to ensure just that. There are in ground well lights that help illuminate walkways, deck rail lights, baluster lighting, post lighting, and much more. Even homeowners who don’t spend a lot of time outdoors in the evening, still appreciate having a clear path to entrances of their home, as well as an overhead light or wall sconces at every door so they don’t have to fish for their keys in the dark.
If you would like to know more about adding security, style, and safety features to your outdoor areas, please contact us!
In many homes, the kitchen area is often the main hub of the home. This area typically houses activities such as food preparation and cleanup, and often works as a gathering place where families can meet after work or school to discuss their day. Some kitchens may house a mini-office area where homeowners sit and work on a monthly budget, or children use as a place where they complete homework. The kitchen is probably the primary area in the home that requires multiple lighting sources in order to properly illuminate a variety of tasks.
When investing in lighting options for the kitchen, it is important to consider all the ways in which the area may be used. Most ho meowners have counterspace either underneath overhead cupboards or on an island where they do most of their prep work for meals. Of course, it’s not uncommon for food preparation to require the use of sharp knives, and other equipment such as blenders and choppers that use sharp blades, so it is really important for these areas to have clear, focused lighting for potentially hazardous tasks.
Some kitchens need focused lighting for areas where homeowners have set up a mini-desk area for computer tasks, meal planning and budgeting. Countertops typically serve as food prep areas, but some may also play a dual role as a lunch counter, where family members can draw up a stool for a quick bite to eat. In some homes, parents may have set up a small play area in a corner of their kitchen so they can keep an eye on young toddlers while they prepare meals.
Home lighting options have exploded in recent years and there really is a perfect lighting solution for every area of the kitchen. Recessed overhead lighting offers instant illumination throughout an entire kitchen area, much more so than a single overhead light. Where bright focused lighting is required, there are plenty of track lighting options to choose from, as well as pendant lighting. There are also lighting options that can be installed underneath cupboards to illuminate countertops used for food preparation. Mini-chandeliers can offer a touch of glamour and style to any kitchen, and pendant-style lighting looks spectacular over a kitchen island or lunch countertop. Some homeowners also like to add lighting strips inside glass cupboards or near ceiling height, to show off special kitchen décor, or just to add a soft glow during the evening hours.
If you would like more tips on how to select the perfect lighting options for your kitchen, please contact us!
In recent years bathroom remodeling projects have become very popular. It really should come as no surprise since people use the bathroom area for a variety of different functions. From personal grooming activities such as shaving or applying makeup, to relaxing in a warm bath after a long day at work, the bathroom is actually one of the most used rooms in the home.
When determining the appropriate lighting fixtures required for such a multi-purpose room, it’s important to consider all the different functions that take place in the area. For most households, a single overhead light fixture is not flexible enough to meet all the needs for lighting throughout the bathroom. Homeowners should consider the times when they need bright focused lighting, as well as other times when they want a softer glow in the bathroom. This might be when they want to relax and unwind in their spa tub or when they make a nighttime trip to the bathroom. Other homes may house senior citizens who appreciate extra illumination as they are entering and exiting the shower and/or tub area.
Whatever the requirements, there are lighting solutions that will provide effective illumination. Track lig hting or wall sconces are great choices to add illumination around mirrors, where people typically need focused lighting for personal grooming tasks. Light strips on top of cabinets can add a soft glow that promotes relaxation, as well as providing some soft illumination for middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom. Recessed lighting may be an option in some parts of the bathroom — spreading light to otherwise dark corners of the room. Lastly, depending upon the bathroom size, there may be enough room to add pendant lighting or even a small chandelier for added drama.
Bathrooms are somewhat unique in that safety concerns are a factor as well. When it comes to placement of lighting fixtures, there are certain building codes that must be followed in order to prevent occupants from potentially coming in contact with electrical components as they are using the tub, shower, etc. Before getting their heart set on pendant lighting to show off their new spa tub, homeowners need to check with local building codes to determine the safety zones around the tub and shower areas.
It certainly is possible to add lighting features to illuminate the challenging areas, it just takes some expert know-how. Here at Yale Lighting, we can offer great tips and advice on how to showcase all the important features of your bathroom. Contact us today for more information on how to safely add beautiful lighting to all your bathrooms.
If you’ve ever walked down the frozen food aisle in a grocery store and noticed your path was effortlessly illuminated as you continued to maneuver the cart down the aisle, then you know what smart lighting can do. Of course, these same types of smart technologies are expanding for the home as well. Just as smart technologies help reduce energy costs for businesses, so will they do the same for homeow ners, along with some other really great features.
Smart lighting features, along with LED light bulbs, can help homeowners avoid wasting money on excessive energy bills. Today’s new smart lighting components can do more than simply turn a lamp on or off. Now with a simple voice command, homeowners can lower the lighting in a room if they want a more relaxed atmosphere, or if they need more lighting for reading or working on crafts, they can easily accomplish that as well. Smart lighting features allow homeowners to go beyond the “one size fits all” lighting of the past. Now they can fine tune their lighting and only pay for the lighting they need, when they need it.
App-enabled home security systems, as well as voice-activated devices such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home Hubs, are changing the way in which homeowners secure them home, regardless of whether they are actually home or if they are thousands of miles away. When coupled together, these smart devices along with smart lighting technologies, allow homeowners much greater control over their home lighting. With a few simple swipes on their smart phones, homeowners can add an additional layer of security to their property. By manipulating both interior and exterior lights, homeowners can look as if they are home when they really aren’t.
Smart lighting features can also be programmed to light up automatically both in the home’s interior and exterior by merely sensing movement. Imagine no tripping over rugs, pets, or children’s toys in order to reach a light switch. Programming a home’s exterior lighting also makes coming home in the dark so much easier.
If you would like to know how smart lighting features can add convenience, safety, and efficiency to your home, please contact us!