Outdoor Lightning: Functional & Decorative

Winter is officially here and that means shorter days making it dark earlier. Many of us only think about outdoor lighting during the holidays when we want to give a little cheer to our outdoor lighting scheme. However, a good outdoor lighting design not only accentuates your home’s best features, it can be a safeguard against intruders and tripping accidents in addition to demonstrating your inner holiday enthusiast. 

Next Gen Electric can help you identify your lighting options and explain the work required to extend electricity to new areas of your property. But, it’s always wise to begin the process by educating yourself on the types of available outdoor lighting so that you can imagine different fixtures in your outdoor space.

Here’s a few ideas to get you started:

Lamp Posts:

  • No, I’m not talking about the old-fashioned, and possibly outdated lantern design. Outdoor lampposts run the gamut from traditional to downright futuristic. They’re perfect for marking driveway entrances and adding charm to outdoor seating areas.

Hanging Lights: 

  • These may look lovely hanging above front doors and on porches, but hanging lights can be placed just about anywhere there’s an open space with a ceiling or overhang. And, they look great even during the daylight hours.

Wall Lights: 

  • You will recognize some of the most practical security and motion-detector lights available in wall-mounted designs. Wall-mounted decorative lamps are ideal for areas where the outdoor space is right outside the door, such as a deck or patio.

Stake Lights: 

  • These lights are perfect for illuminating walkways and gardens. The best part about this choice? Many small stake lamps are solar-powered with a backup battery, which can save you money while looking great!

Well Lights: 

  • These small lamps sit below the ground so that only the lens shows, shining light upward or at a slight angle. Well lights are also great choices for lighting paths and can make a dramatic and fun effect when shining upward onto trees, tall shrubs or columns.

Ribbon Lights:

  • Flexible, water resistant, with an adhesive backing, ribbon lights (or strip lights) are used traditionally for accent lighting, backlighting, task lighting, and decorative lighting applications. Since the strip is flexible and can be divided at any point between LEDs, it is extremely versatile and can be used in a number of installations.

Tis the season for updated lighting! Contact Next Gen Electric today to schedule your FREE lighting consult. If you’re concern is minimizing your long-term costs while making a grand (or subtle) change to your outdoor lighting this season, we’ll be happy to explain solar and LED options for your project.

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