Designer exterior lighting doesn’t just look great (hello, curb appeal!)—it’s also really smart. The right light makes it easier to navigate your outdoor areas in the dark, and it’s a security measure that makes your home less of a target for ne’er do wells. And, since light travels so beautifully in the dark, you don’t need to light an area directly in order to illuminate it.
All of those are good enough reasons to install lights by your pool, steps, and in doorways, but here’s another: It is magic for your home’s façade. The right exterior lighting fixtures can completely change the face of a building, drawing attention to the elements of your décor that you thoughtfully planned out: your stunning doorway, your stone path, even your darkened windows and flower beds.
Before you go and light up the neighborhood, here are some things to consider:
- Make sure you select products, like the outdoor designs from FLOS, that have enclosures rated for outdoor use. That means they’re dustproof, corrosion resistant, and watertight- so they’ll stand up to the elements. (Shopping tip: Ask for a design that features a NEMA 4X enclosure.)
- Ensure that no light is projected in unwanted directions. No need to annoy the neighbors. (The same is true for uplight- you can unwittingly disturb nocturnal animals).
- In residential settings, warm colors work best for modern outdoor lighting. Since cool colors can make it hard for people to fall asleep, avoid white/blue illumination--sleep deprived neighbors aren’t the friendliest. (And, they can be affected by the light even if they aren’t receiving the beam directly.)
As with any lighting design, you’ll want to consider the style of your home when choosing exterior lighting sources.