Outdoor Lights

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated April 2, 2014)

Have you ever gone home at night, only to find that you don't have any lights on? Instead of wondering who (or what) may be waiting for you in the dark, why not shed some light on the situation? That is what outdoor lights are designed to do after all. If you have inadequate lighting, no lighting, or are simply looking for a change, then you need to follow these guidelines. These guidelines are designed to help you not only choose the best possible outdoor lights, but to also ensure that you get them installed properly.

  • Space. What is the total area that you wish to have lit up? What is the effect that you will be going for? Outdoor lights are supposed to help light up the exterior of our homes, so one of the main things that you need to know is how large of a yard that you have? Make sure that you have the measurements of your yard, and that you choose those lights that will provide enough light for your space.
  • Security. Outdoor lights are a great way to increase the security of your home. For the most security minded outdoor lights, choose those that can be turned on through the use of motion sensors. These kinds of lights will automatically turn on whenever anyone comes around at night, while also helping to lower your electricity bill by only turning on when there is some activity in your yard.
  • Style. As you are looking through the various styles available, it is a good idea to take a picture of your home with you. This way you will be able to better match the lighting style to that of your home. Be sure that the lights will enhance the look of your home, and not detract from it. To this end, you should probably stay away from the institutional style of lights.
  • Easy of use. Remember that you will be using these lights for years to come. Be sure that you choose lights that will be easy for you to not only use, but to maintain as well. When looking around the home improvement store see if it is at all possible for you to practice putting in light bulbs on a fully assembled unit. This will give you an opportunity to see how easy it will be to replace any burnt out lights later on.
  • Install. Considering that you are working with electricity, it is highly recommended to hire a professional electrician to install your lights. Though it is more expensive, you will be able to ensure that the work is done according to code, as well as having a guarantee of having the work done by someone who knows what they are doing.

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Lee Wyatt

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