The south is known for its hospitality, delicious foods, barbecue and outdoor entertaining. Grilling outdoors for friends and family is a popular activity during the summer, and outdoor lighting can provide both function and a welcoming atmosphere. Three types of lighting are available for outdoor uses, including battery powered, electrical and solar. Electrical lighting can be provided by your electrician, and offers the highest performance and reliability. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for lighting installation and/or outdoor outlet installation.
Security lighting is only one form of outdoor lighting. When entertaining, it isn’t the ideal choice for creating a welcoming ambience. There are almost limitless options of lighting available for your outdoor space, and you can use any combination of them to provide function, mood, safety and a delightful space where everyone wants to be. Mister Sparky can help you attain a welcoming outdoor space. Contact an electrician in Huntsville, AL today for your electrical needs.
Almost everyone wants to know which lighting is best for outdoors. The answer for many people is LED lighting. LED lighting is recommended for several reasons. First, it provides brighter lighting, yet remains cool to touch. In addition, it outlasts all other light bulbs, and has the highest energy efficiency available. It’s certainly the best option for avoiding a ladder to change the bulbs. Furthermore, depending on the bulb chosen, can last a decade or even longer. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical services you need to transform your outdoor space.
Safety is always of the utmost importance. For this reason, walkways should be lighted. However, you don’t want to install so many path lights that the appearance is that of an airport runway. Path lights should be spaced in a staggered pattern. The goal is for the lighting to barely overlap. Using this method reduces the number of lights needed, while lighting the pathway without dark gaps.
There are other ways to light areas where your guests walk. For example, wrap tree trunks with LED lighting, and for drama, used lighting in your favorite color. You can even carry the lighting out on limbs to provide overhead lighting. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical service required for your lighting.
Thick cascades of lights hanging from a high tree limb add a dramatic touch to dark corners, and also in areas with focal points such as a water fall, or a lake. A popular style for pathways are to set posts in the ground, and crisscross lighting overhead between the posts for establishing controlled lighting and designated pathways.
Add Drama to a Gazebo
Gazebo are beautiful structures and outdoor lighting offers the opportunity to improve both its function and add a focal point to your landscaping. However, remember safety is first and use zip ties to secure lighting to the wood frame. Never use staples to attach lighting. Staples can penetrate the wire creating dysfunction and a hazard. String lights are ideal for a gazebo, canopy or other structures. However, don’t connect more sets than are recommended. The length of the strand determines how many light sets can be connected, typically 3-5. Check the product package for the number allowed.
Of course lighting will require electricity, and extension cords create a safety hazard. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for outlet installation.
You may be one of the lucky few who has a stunning Christmas display each year. While a lot may be stunning at Christmas, your guests aren’t likely to enjoy the overuse of outdoor lighting in the summer. In other words, don’t over do it. General lighting, is overhead, post and security lighting and includes the bright lighting that mimics daylight. Entertainment lighting, on the other hand, softly illuminates the outdoor area for a relaxing atmosphere. Deck lights for steps and stairs are attractive, and help to prevent falls. Maintaining a clutter free outdoor area with well-lit paths and stars helps to ensure your guests safety. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation you need.
Outdoor table lighting is an essential if you and your guests eat outdoors. The current trends are to use mason jars with tea lights, tabletop lanterns and overhead lanterns if you have a place to hang them. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation of overhead lanterns or other light fixtures for your gazebo, covered patio or porch.
If you are planning a project that requires additional outdoor outlets, or light fixtures permanently hardwired into your home’s electrical system, give us a call. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical installation for your outdoor entertainment area, outdoor security lights or other electrical needs. We serve the North Alabama region and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.