Outdoor Lighting Tips for a Fabulous Fall Patio

The Triple Play
Make sure to incorporate these three basic types of lighting for an amazing look: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient lighting can be achieved through hanging lights, post lights, and wall lights. Task lighting includes things like pathway lighting and security lighting. And you can get accent outdoor lighting with landscape kits and spotlights that really make an outdoor space unique!

Do the Math
First, figure out exactly how much lighting you need. To determine how much light a space requires, try this quick calculation: multiply the square footage of the area you want to light by 1.5 to get a rough estimate of the total wattage required. For example, 100 square feet of space would require 150 watts. Or call the pros at Mister Sparky and we will make sure that your home’s system can handle it.

Use LED lighting
LED lights use far less energy than halogen or incandescent bulbs. Plus, they are almost maintenance-free, so you won’t have to change bulbs very often!

Go subtle
Make sure you go with lighting that gives off a soft glow. Outdoor rooms, especially dining areas, benefit from subtle, indirect lighting that helps create a nice mood.

Size it Right
You want to make sure you don’t choose fixtures that are too large-scale. You should check the size and position of a fixture by using a paper template to determine exact placement before buying. For either the front porch or the back patio, the size of an outdoor wall light should be approximately one-third the height of the door. Also make sure you’re choosing sturdy lighting that’s weather resistant.

Inside perspective
Take a look at your outdoor space from inside your home. This can help you decide on which lighting to choose and how to place it around your yard or outdoor area.

Security matters
Outdoor lighting not only provides ambience, but it can also add a great deal of security to your home. Make sure all entry points around your home are well lit including garage doors. For added security, illuminate any sides of the house that might have shadows by using spotlights installed on your eaves or use wall lanterns at side doors and windows.

Remember, electricity is not something you should mess with yourself! If you need help with planning or installing your lighting, call on the professional electricians at Mister Sparky. Make an appointment today!