With growing awareness of the threat UV rays pose to our health and the need for an escape from the hot summer North Carolina sun, shade structures are growing in popularity all around the Wilmington area. From classic front porches and screened in porches to decorative arbors and pergolas, rustic covered patios, and innovative low-maintenance louvered pergolas, the area under your shade structure is like an extension of your indoor living space.
While you may have installed a new pavilion or porch roof for the shade it would provide, there is no rule saying it is only for daytime use. Your favorite retreat during a hot summer afternoon is a perfect area to host friends or relax after a long day, well into the night.
Our custom outdoor lighting designs are perfect for adding gorgeous and functional light to any style of shade structure. From modern to traditional, rustic or classic, we have a few fan favorites and recommendations for the lighting of your shade structure, take a look at the ideas below:
Pergolas are loved for their beautiful design and crafty features. A few of our favorite techniques for pergola lighting include uplighting the main support columns from the ground to highlight the height and the perimeter. We can hang task lighting if your pergola is over your outdoor kitchen or other prep space. Or we can hang custom overhead string lighting for a whimsical and festive feel.
Pavilion and Porch Roof Lighting
A roof provides great UV and rain protection to any outdoor space. In addition to being able to add lights into the ceiling of your roof, we love to illuminate the columns. Front porch or back, illuminating the columns for ambient lighting creates a space where you can see, but you’re not overwhelmed by light. The result is a place for relaxing and enjoying the fresh night air without the pressure of the world weighing you down.
Decorative Arbor Lighting
Arbors and gazebos add beauty and grace to any garden area. Whether you have vines growing around an arbor or you like to keep it clean, adding a downlight in the top transports you to another world when you walk through. We also love to create a custom lighting scene based on the design of the arbors support structure. We might add focal lights shining up each of four columns. Or, if there are multiple sections of lattice, a downlight in the center of each one allows each to shine. We can even mount sconce style lighting for a unique effect.
For any of the above shade structures, RGB LED lighting is a new trending technique. You can create the ultimate party space with the ability to change the color of your lights for the day’s events. Choosing from millions of color combinations, with a touch of a button on your smartphone, you’ll enjoy a different color and a new vibe.
No matter what your shade structure includes, we have the best lighting for you! We’ll create a custom design based on your planned nighttime use for the space as well as your design preferences. Call today to schedule a free nighttime demonstration for your custom porch, pergola, or pavilion lighting. (910) 356-8203
Our custom lighting designs fit any style porch or pavilion.