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Bright Ideas - February 2022



Issue #132


February 2022


Looking ahead


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Spruce up for spring


Winter is coming to a close, which makes this a good time to start preparing outdoor spaces with fresh fixtures to highlight entryways, patios, walkways, steps, and landscaping.



Light up the night


There was a time when an overly bright floodlight shining down from the eaves or from up in a tree (and perhaps directly into the eyes of you and your guests) was considered acceptable outdoor lighting. These days, homeowners know better and expect more. Outdoor lighting options are now efficient, effective, and attractive.


It's more popular than ever to install sconces, pendants or chandeliers in outdoor dining and gathering spaces, as well as path lighting for safe passage and directed tree lighting for evening ambiance. These and many more outdoor lighting options are offered at ALA-member showrooms.


Don’t forget lighting’s close companion, the ceiling fan. The addition of a ceiling fan with a light in an outdoor living area will further enhance enjoyment of your space.

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Check the rating


When choosing lighting for outdoor areas, it is imperative for each fixture to be damp or wet rated. A UL damp rating means the fixture may be used outdoors as long as it does not have contact with moisture. A UL wet-rated fixture can be used anywhere outdoors or indoors. A UL dry-rated fixture may only be used in areas not directly exposed to excessive moisture and water. A lighting expert at an ALA-member showroom will help you select safe and stylish outdoor-rated fixtures.

Pictured above: Kuzco Lighting



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