As summer winds down, and with falls cooler temperatures in sight, outdoor evenings are sure to be a part of your family’s enjoyment. Outdoor lighting can increase your pleasure on your decks and lawns, and improves both safety and security. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical installation you require. When you’re planning a lighting design, it helps to review the purposes of outdoor lighting:
- Falls and other injuries are more likely to occur where there is insufficient lighting. It;s especially important to provide lighting on steps and stairs, pathways approaching your home, and any area that poses a hazard.
- Use focused lighting for work areas such as the grill and food prep areas, as in outdoor kitchens.
- Security lighting deters burglars. Use it to light up approaches to your home, driveways, and potential areas of entry such as accessible windows. In addition, security lighting is necessary in areas where burglars could otherwise hide such as in dense vegetation and stands of trees on the lawn.
- Outdoor lighting can create a welcoming ambiance for your guests, highlight architectural and landscape features, and provide heightened enjoyment for you.
Types of Outdoor Lighting
Select outdoor lighting by its purpose, energy efficiency and brightness. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL to schedule installation.
Landscape lighting helps to extend the time you can spend outdoors, increases safety, and can be used to highlight flower gardens, trees and other landscaping areas. Landscape lighting consists of uplighting and downlighting.
Uplighting, as the name suggests, shines light upward, illuminating trees, garden walls, a fountain and architectural features such as columns. There are different types of uplighting, such as bullets, which provide a narrow beam of light for use on trees, or a favorite plant or shrub. Wells are installed below ground level to highlight low walls, the underside of benches, or low plantings, for example.
Downlighting shines down from a higher point. It’s used for illuminating flower beds, profiling the tops of plants, shines on paths, seating, and stairs or steps. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation of the landscape lighting you need.
In addition to the uses and purposes already stated, you will choose between two types of security lighting, constant or motion sensor lighting.
Constant lighting is useful for lighting the dark areas of your property, providing greater security. The use of a low-watt bulb is recommended to reduce the energy use. LED bulbs are an ideal choice for any type of lighting. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide installation, and assist you with your options.
Motion sensor lighting is triggered by movement. They only use electricity when they are on, enabling you to provide bright lighting with motion sensors. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL today to schedule installation.
The options are almost limitless for improving your outdoor experiences, and your home’s curb appeal.
It isn’t difficult to create a beautiful lighting scheme around your home. Use LED lighting to provide significant energy savings, and provide a long service life. In addition, there is less risk of fire with LED lighting as it doesn’t produce the heat incandescent lighting can.
Dare to be creative, wrap tree trunks with LED lighting, and you can use it to add color to your lawn. Just ensure you don’t exceed two color choices to avoid a holiday appearance. If you have a favorite tree close by a lake or fountain, drape lights from it to form a thick cascade of light that reflects on the water.
In addition, if your lawn is lucky enough to have a gazebo, follow its contours in LED lights for real drama, and adds an improvement for lighting around the structure. However, in any lighting project, it is important not to exceed the number of recommended light sets that are connected together. Never use staples to attach them, but only zip ties which can be painted to blend into the background. Allow your creativity to flourish, and your lawn can become the showcase of the neighborhood. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical services you need to ensure your dreams come true.
Outdoor lighting can eliminate problematic dark areas , and helps to deter intruders at night. Furthermore, it improves safety around your home after dark, by helping to prevent falls and injuries. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL today to schedule outdoor lighting installation. Our licensed electricians have the expertise you can rely on, and can provide the electrical services you need that meet and/or exceed the industry standards. We serve the North Alabama region and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.