People often pay a lot more attention to the lighting inside their homes that that outside of them. However, it's important to choose the right Capital outdoor lighting for a variety of different reasons. The right exterior lighting can make your home safer and add to its curb appeal. It can also make it possible to entertain outside even when it starts getting dark, increasing the usefulness of your yard. A few tips will make choosing the right outdoor lights easier.
Where Should Lights Go?
The first thing to figure out is where you need lighting. It's a good idea to have outdoor wall lights near all doors, including the garage doors. Many people place one on each side of the door, with the largest lights by the front door and smaller lighting fixtures near the other doors. It's nice to have flush mount ceiling lights on the front porch as well. The walkway should be lit if possible, and some people also add landscape lighting to showcase certain areas of the landscaping in the yard or to make it possible to entertain at night if they have outdoor living areas. To provide even more light and deter criminals, strong lights mounted on posts in the yard can also be helpful. You can limit the overall cost of electricity by using some solar-powered lighting or putting the lighting on motion sensors so it only goes on when someone is near the light.
Type of Fixture
Keep in mind that the fixtures you choose from Capital lighting should match the overall style of the home and the colors used on the outside of the home. If the home features mainly reds and earth tones, fixtures that have copper, bronze or brass on them will fit in well, while homes with more blacks or grays may be better suited to fixtures that have a white, chrome, black, nickel, pewter or zinc finish. Very modern looking fixtures will look great with more modern styles of houses, but not so great with a Victorian house, for example.
Type of Bulbs
When purchasing light bulbs for outdoor use, keep in mind that the lighting doesn't have to be super bright -- softer lighting can provide enough of a glow to help people find their way to the doors without providing a harsh glare. You'll want to use bulbs with a lower wattage than those you use indoors. Keep in mind that CFL bulbs don't always work well if the weather is cold, so stick with LED lights if you live somewhere where the temperatures drop significantly in the fall and winter.