Warmer weather, longer days, what more can we ask for? It’s the perfect time for entertaining family and friends  and planning a few outdoor parties and braais. Unfortunately, entertaining people takes more than providing good food, company and music. Something that you should keep in mind before inviting over your closest friends to enjoy an evening around the fire pit is appropriate outdoor lighting. Having proper outdoor lighting adds terrific value to your home.

Here is what you need to know before installing outdoor lighting:

It is essential to have well-lit pathways and outdoor spaces, and there are a couple of things that you need to keep in mind when you are shopping for outdoor lights. For instance, lights come in various intensities, quantities and colours. Lighting is also divided into three different categories:

  • Overall lighting: Provides a big space with essential lighting.
  • Task lighting: Is used for a specific purpose, like lighting up a pathway in your backyard
  • Accent lighting: Draws your attention to a particular space. Usually, floodlights or spotlights are used as accent lighting

You are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking the perfect bulbs for your outdoor lighting. Anything from fluorescent to LED lights could potentially be the perfect fit around your fire pit.

Outdoor lighting isn’t only practical; it has several other important factors as well. Here are some of the most common benefits of outdoor lighting:

  1. Decor:

The right lighting creates a warm and welcoming ambience on any patio or deck. It also adds a touch of elegance to your home and is enough to make by-passers stop for a minute to take a proper look.

  1. Security:

When you have well-lit entryways, garages and walkways, it’s easy to spot potential intruders. Well, lit gardens may also be more intimidating to trouble makers, and they might decide to stay out of your yard completely.

  1. Safety:

If you are intending on having a lot of parties in your backyard, then you need to keep in mind that proper lighting will help your guests to navigate their way around your garden or patio without losing their steps.

Now that you know a bit more about the importance of proper outdoor lighting, we hope that you are inspired to create a warmer, more illuminated outdoor area. Not only does it create a wonderfully inviting atmosphere but it is essential for overall safety.