The addition of outdoor lighting can make your home feel more inviting and serene. When it is strategically installed, outdoor lighting can completely transform your landscape, making it an outdoor space you can use at any time of day. Here are some outdoor lighting ideas for your Rehoboth and Lewes, DE area home.
Front Entry and Driveway
When guests first pull up to your home in the evening hours, you want them to not only be able to navigate where to park and walk but also be able to enjoy the beauty of your landscape design. As a welcoming element, you can have outdoor light posts installed at the entrance to your paver driveway so it is easy to tell where to go. Illuminating your house numbers will also make it easier for visitors to find your home later in the day.
Outdoor Living Areas
Strategically illuminating your outdoor living areas will allow you to enjoy your own outdoor oasis well into the later hours of the day. If you have an outdoor kitchen, you might want to consider task lighting to help you prepare and cook food. Under-cabinet lighting can also provide additional illumination to the space as you navigate the area while getting a meal ready.
For an outdoor dining space, you might be thinking about overhead lighting. The addition of a dimmer switch can allow you to set the ambiance and create an ideal atmosphere for dining during an intimate meal with loved ones.
A fire pit is an ideal feature for your backyard if you want to not only provide added warmth on the cooler days, but to also create a stunning focal point for you and your guests to enjoy. Although a fire pit will provide its own form of lighting, additional lighting near a seating wall will provide the added illumination for you and your guests to easily navigate the space and relish in the warmth of the flames.
Installing attractive lighting fixtures along the walkways will not only allow for easier navigation, but it also provides an aesthetically pleasing element to the area. Finishes for outdoor lighting can include copper, bronze, oil-rubbed bronze, and nickel, which allows you to select a finish that complements your home and the rest of your landscape design. If you prefer a more minimal look, recessed lighting can be installed into the walkway in order to reduce the risk of trip hazards as well as ease of lawn care.
Showcase Your Plantings
Landscape lighting in your planting beds improves your property’s overall appearance and nightscape. You can utilize many different lighting techniques including uplighting, spotlighting, and silhouetting in order to show off beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers that you have planted.
Uplighting can call attention to specific plants as well as the texture of a retaining wall, while silhouetting entails installing outdoor lighting behind a plant and beaming it upward. Plants that have unique shapes can produce a lovely silhouette when this technique of lighting is used. Spotlighting will provide a much wider beam of light than uplighting, but can be a great way to show off a stunning tree or shrub that is in your yard.