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Top 5 Seasonal Outdoor Lighting Tips

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  • October 27, 2014

Overview: If you're thinking of lighting up your house this Halloween or for the festive season in general, then you'll find that a little goes a long way! To find out some seasonal outdoor lighting tips, check out the blog below.


With Halloween just around the corner, there's no better time to get your house lit up with seasonal decorations! While this is often a simple process, there are certain things you can do to make things go even smoother. Find out our top 5 outdoor lighting tips here.

Plan your lighting at night

The best way to plan your lighting setup is take a walk around your house and yard at night. This way you can really visualize the effect your lighting will have on the different areas of your property.
 

Choose your bulbs to match your needs

There are many different types of bulbs available and each has their own particular benefit. Incandescent bulbs require the most energy to run, but they are relatively cheap and produce a pleasant glow. Fluorescent bulbs now provide better options than ever, with multiple colour ranges and decent energy efficiency. However, if you're looking to keep your lights for the long run, then LED lights can provide a great durable solution.
 

Avoid glare

One thing that you want to avoid for certain when creating your outdoor lighting setup is glare. Glare happens when a light is too bright or too large and it can ruin your whole lighting display. Remember: lights are far more effective in the dark and so you don't need the same brightness as you would for regular indoor bulbs. To avoid glare from certain bright bulbs, make sure they're sufficiently shielded or are pointing away from visitors.

 

Keep light pollution to a minimum

If you want your lighting display to be a success it's essential that you keep your light pollution to a minimum. Excess light pollution can occur when you use bulbs that are too bright, when lights shine directly outside your property, when lights are blinding, and when the overall brightness of your setup obscures the visibility of the stars. Avoiding these situations is key to a successful lighting setup.
 

Place your lights carefully

There are certain places which always benefit from some decorative seasonal lighting. Firstly, for people to enjoy your display safely it's crucial that you have a well-lit pathway. Next up, subtle driveway lights can be a great touch and these also add an element of safety for people approaching your home. Doorways are another great area to decorate with lighting and epending on what you have in your yard, other features such as decks or patios, steps and gazebos can also look great with extra lighting.

 

Bottom Line: If you're planning an outdoor lighting display for either Halloween or just the festive season in general, then there's plenty of things you can do to make the process easier. From planning your display at night, to making sure your pathways and points of entry are well-lit, you can make the installations process easier and your lighting display an all-round success!

Have you set up your lighting already? If you have, what tips do you recommend?

For more information on any of our lighting services, contact Fluorescent Man Lighting in Calgary today on 403-863-8529.

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