When the weather is nice, who of us does not enjoy a fresh cup of coffee outside in the morning or to entertain friends and family with an outdoor barbeque. Creating the right ambiance for your outdoor space can be a fun and rewarding project.
Of course, your first thought on how to do so may be to spruce up your landscaping or to add some comfy patio furniture. If you are wanting a project that will make a dramatic change to the look of your yard, deck, or patio without breaking the bank, however, consider skipping those expensive options and opt for new outdoor lighting instead.
You may be thinking that taking on such a task will prove to be pricey and difficult, but that may not be the case. Let us explain.
One of the key ways that adding lighting can be friendly to your budget, is due to the fact that there are so many different lighting options available and at such a wide variety of price points.
Does your yard get lots of sun? Solar lights may be a great option for you then. Since many solar options charge during the day and turn on automatically at dusk, investing in solar walkway lighting may be a great addition. These easy to install lights come in many different styles and prices and can easily be placed to create an interesting look or to provide light in high traffic areas of your yard.
Another great investment is LED lighting. Not only are these long lasting and better for the environment, but there are LED options available in virtually all types of lighting. String lights, floodlights, wall packs, and more all have LED options. Better yet, they are generally easy to install, and some smart options even allow you to control them with a remote control or can be synced with your phone.
Think Before You Buy
Already itching to get to your nearest home improvement store? Not so fast! First you will want to refine what kind of vision you have for your outdoor space, so that when you do go to the store you will have a solid idea of what you need to get.
Is having a well-lit space for outdoor games important to you? Is there a special feature of your yard or deck that you want to highlight? Perhaps you want to create a peaceful atmosphere with minimal lighting so that you can gaze at the stars. Whatever the case, having a game plan in place before you go shopping will prevent you from impulse buys and help you focus on attaining the elements that will give you the look you want.
Personal Skill Level
If hiring a professional electrician does not interest you and you do not have electrical experience yourself, it may be wise to consider wireless options. If there are not already existing fixtures where you are thinking about putting new lighting, there is a whole slew of wireless options to choose from. As a bonus, wireless options can conveniently be moved to wherever they are needed at the time.
If there is already an existing fixture in your desired location, you likely will not need additional wiring for your new light. It is often as simple as removing the old fixture and securing the new one with a few screws. If you need a more visual idea of how to accomplish this, YouTube is a great resource for learning skills.
Hire a Pro
If you are unsure about how to design and find the right lighting for your outdoor space, do not hesitate to call a professional. A professional will have the knowledge of how to make the most of your space and to guide you to brands you can trust. A professional company can also help with the installation, this way all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the beautiful finished product.
We at Eid-Co Homes hope that you found some inspiration here. If you are looking for some more or need some other helpful information, check out some of our other blogs. While you are at it, why not have a look at our project gallery as well for added home inspiration.