Savvy homeowners already know the endless benefits of adding outdoor lighting to your home and landscape. However, for those considering the addition of lighting for the first time, it can often be daunting to know where to begin and which areas would deliver you the most benefit. Outdoor lighting can not only provide ambiance in your setting, it can also enhance the safety and security of your property. All of which are important factors to consider when planning a new design.
According to a recent survey conducted by Qualified Remodeler the top areas homeowners’ are focusing on remains to be their outdoor living spaces. Whether it is adding beneficial lighting to their deck or patio, outdoor seating areas or integrating lighting into the steps, railing and post caps used within these areas — the results speak for themselves:
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City covered the benefits of outdoor lighting in an article titled “Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City talks about using lighting to incorporate your outdoor spaces as part of your everyday living area” The story summarized part 3, in a 5-part series featured on Kansas City Live and emphasized that outdoor living spaces should be just as inviting during the evening hours as they are during the day.
No matter if a fun and festive atmosphere is needed for a celebration or social gathering or you seek a calm and relaxing tone which is better suited for your unwinding after each hard day at work, proper outdoor lighting is the key to getting the most enjoyment from your outdoor living structures. Here are a few key factors we use here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives when designing your outdoor lighting project:
- Well placed lighting along the rails and exits of your deck guide your guests safely as they mingle throughout the party.
- Lighting mounted on the posts helps to distribute illumination across the deck surface and highlight seating areas.
- Soft lighting cast down across a stone or paver hardscape coupled with lighting throughout the surrounding landscaped areas of a patio gives a pleasant, warm and inviting feel to an otherwise plain, stark patio.
Additional outdoor living areas that also benefit from lighting include: barbecues (KC is the BBQ city) or outdoor cooking areas which are well served with under the counter/task lighting, eliminating the need for cumbersome and sometimes hazardous flash lights or drop cord lights; pergolas, open structures that should be lit with soft light to showcase the beautiful structure and its surrounding landscape while also providing visibility in the seating areas for quiet evening conversations; and lanais (porch or veranda type space) typically used as open outdoor rooms which deserve more than just candles to provide sufficient ambiance in the evening.
If you are ready to take your outdoor living to a heightened level of functionality and enjoyment, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today to get started. We will carefully walk you through the areas that will bring you the most benefit during our private consultation.