Adding the perfect amount of exterior lighting will brighten up a dark landscape, giving a home after-dark curb appeal while also providing safety for visitors and family.
Pathways: Position pathway lights about six to eight feet apart to offer just enough light to see while walking, and if space does not allow that much distance, stagger the lights to avoid a potential “runway effect.”
Walls: Wash the house with lights installed in the soffits of the home’s exterior, or with a mix of down and up lights that spread the light across the entire wall for a balanced look.
Entryways: For sconces placed on either side of the doorway, select fixtures proportioned one quarter or one third the height of the doorway. Place them 66 inches from the floor to the center of the fixture, and six to twelve inches from the door casing. Fixtures placed over the doorway should be one quarter or one third the width of the door frame, and centered six inches above the door. Hanging lights, such as pendants and lanterns, should be one fifth the height of the door and centered six inches above the door.
Landscape: Add a bit of drama and additional curb appeal by lighting trees with ground lights aimed up into the foliage, while making sure the trunk is also bathed in light. Or place lights high in trees and use a cooler light bulb of about 5500 Kelvins to give the effect of real moonlight.
Always select appropriately rated outdoor lighting fixtures and electrical boxes. For more information go online to ALALighting.com or visit a nearby ALA-member showroom.