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The Basics of Outdoor Lighting

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Ready to spend warm summer nights outdoors?

A little outdoor lighting goes a long way. Whether you want a dramatically lit landscape or simple accent lights, keep in mind that your landscape requires less illumination than your kitchen. There’s a fine line between too much outdoor lighting and not enough. Here are a few tips for lighting up your landscape the right way.

Outdoor Lighting 101

Lighting your landscape is an entirely different process than lighting your living room. Your eyes require less light to see outdoors than they do indoors, which means that bulb choices and placement decisions vary. 

When it comes to choosing your outdoor lighting, take your preferences into consideration. Many different light bulbs are suitable for outdoor lighting. Incandescent bulbs emit a pleasant light but are less energy efficient, while halogen bulbs are energy efficient with a longer lifespan. LED bulbs may seem like a much more expensive choice, but the investment reaps the rewards with the bulb’s low energy consumption and extremely long lifespan.

Lighting Design

Outdoor lighting can be placed almost anywhere on your landscape, but there are a few necessary spots to illuminate. A well-lit pathway isn’t just welcoming, it’s a necessity for providing light to family and guests. For safety purposes, your steps should be well lit too. Decks, patios, and entryways are other areas that light is needed to avoid an accident or injury.

Decide how you want your overall landscape to look, and then choose the design from there. Your designer can discuss the best options with you and suggest a lighting design that would fit your home.


At Creative Spaces, we strive to ensure that our clients are 100% satisfied with every project we complete. We listen to your needs and create a design that will give you the lifestyle you’ve been after! If you’re ready to start the design process, give us a call or visit our website today!

Creative Spaces Remodeling removes the uncertainty and stress of remodeling your home with our proven step-by-step system, developed over owner John Johnson’s 30 years in the industry. You can count on us to be direct, detail-oriented, and flexible from start to finish, to create the remodel that matches your desires and needs.

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