Get Ready for Summer with these Clever Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Get Ready for Summer with these Clever Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Get Ready for Summer with these Clever Outdoor Lighting Ideas

The right lighting can instantly elevate the ambiance of your outdoor space. If want to your backyard to be the go-to spot this summer, make sure you and your guests aren’t left in the dark after the sun goes down.

Below are some clever outdoor lighting tips to help you get the most out of the summer nights that lie ahead.

Ramp up your curb appeal. Make guests feel welcome by putting some effort into your curb appeal. To help evening visitors find your home quickly, make sure that your house number is clearly visible from the street. Make a lasting impression by replacing your existing house number plaque with modern street numbers backlit with LED lighting. You can find custom versions on Etsy or purchase a kit from your big box home improvement store, and they’re easily installed with the help of a qualified electrician. For a safe and festive touch that also encourages guests to go straight to the back yard, create a temporary path on the ground using outdoor LED rope lighting. If you have a covered porch, consider replacing your current fixtures with ceiling fans with lights to provide an illuminated, relaxing place where remaining guests can congregate. Or, add to the ambiance with globe lights, string lights or a chic outdoor chandelier.

Layer your lighting. The best way to achieve a high-end, professional look is to include at least three types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient is your primary lighting, which stands in for natural light. Use it around dining areas or other outdoor areas where guests will need basic visibility. Ambient light can come from lighting such as overhead lights, sidelights, or string lights. Once your base level of light is established, you can begin layering in your task and accent lighting. Task lighting provides a focused, contrasting light on an area to make tasks easier to do. Accent lighting is your decorative lighting. It highlights the beautiful areas of your home and landscape. To achieve the right balance, always remember that less is more.

Clever Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Clever Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Give nature center stage. One of the best things about entertaining outdoors is the beautiful backdrop that nature provides. Try using accent lighting to highlight the majesty of character-rich trees. For subtle but impactful lighting, consider a technique called moonlighting. This involves installing lights high up in tall trees to cast an ethereal glow on the ground below. You can also use accent lights, including in-ground well lights or above-ground spotlights, to uplight the textured crags of an old oak tree. To introduce whimsy, turn your favorite trees into charming lampposts by wrapping outdoor white string LED lights or rope lights around them. Use a warm light tone for a fairy-like effect. You can even bring out the beauty of a vivid flowerbed or interesting foliage by strategically installing small garden lights.

Bring your home’s architectural features to life. Your home and hardscape can take on new personalities at night. Install small hardscape led lights to wash and graze a textured stone wall for a dramatic effect. Light up a charming stone pathway with in-ground path lights so that guests can enjoy it on their way to the fire pit. Get the most out of your home’s stately architectural features. Point spotlights up and across them structural pillars for a dramatic interplay of light and shadows.

Safety first. If you have a pool or other waterways in your outdoor area, be sure they are properly lit with ground lights or pole lights to keep guests from inadvertently taking an unwanted plunge. Use lighting with motion sensors to protect guests from areas with uneven terrain or cavernous holes present. And, as always, hire a professional electrician to make any electrical upgrades or installations in and outside your home. Allowing a professional to handle the installation will ensure that your lighting is set up properly and safely.

Are you ready to make your backyard the go-to destination this summer?  For safe, professional outdoor light installation in and around Montgomery County, MD and Washington, DC, contact M.R. Electricians today. Our experienced team would be delighted to you help turn your outdoor lighting ideas into a reality.

About M.R. Electricians: Since 1996, M.R. Electricians has been serving the electrical needs of homeowners and businesses throughout Montgomery County, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and surrounding areas. The company also specializes in commercial fire protection, contract needs from small tenant fit outs to whole building installations, and motor controls for industrial spaces. From major renovations to the smallest of electrical jobs, the family-owned company is committed to providing high quality products, superior results, and unmatched customer service. Regarded as a leader in the electrical industry, M.R. Electricians has set the standard for excellence in the region. For more information, please visit the website at https://www.mrelectricians.us or call 301.871.0477.

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