Designing With Light Outdoors
Outdoor lighting enhances the beauty of your property
while providing safety and security. Outdoor lighting
also allows you to take advantage of your outdoor living
spaces after dark and adds value to your home.
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A well-lighted front entrance enables you to accent
your home and to greet visitors. Wall lanterns on
each side of the door will give your home a warm and
welcoming look, while assuring the safety of those who
approach the front door. Under a porch or overhang,
you can use recessed, chain-hung or close-to-ceiling
fixtures. A separate rear or side entrance can be
illuminated with a single wall lantern installed on the
keyhole side of the door.
To conserve energy, consider post and wall lanterns
that use LED or CFL light sources. It is important to
know that fluorescent fixtures will not work efficiently
in very cold climates.
A lantern at the side
of the garage or a
central wall fixture on
the face of the garage
will provide adequate
illumination for both
safety and security.
a photocell on these
fixtures that will turn
the fixtures on at dusk and off at dawn, reducing energy
consumption and providing security when you are
away from home.