At this time of year, your ideal room may be outdoors. Just because your go-to space does not have four walls, is no reason to forgo stylish and practical design elements, albeit scaled and crafted for the environment and challenging elements. As seen in Lighting magazine, here are a few tips for lighting outdoor rooms.
Light in layers. Use ambient, task and accent lights, just like indoors. Sconces, pendants or directed spots are helpful in cooking areas. Consider path and step lights for safety, and don't forget to highlight focal points.
Plan the placement. Place and direct lights to be sure they do not infringe on indoor space or neighboring property, and to avoid unwanted glare.
Choose for location. Just because a space is covered, it may still be subjected to wind and excessive moisture. Be sure to use fixtures rated for outdoor use. And for optimum performance, don't forget to use dimmers and make use of smart lighting systems.
To see the latest fixtures, for both outdoors and indoors, and to pick up a free copy of Lighting magazine, visit your nearby ALA-member showroom.