Decor & Design, Outdoor Living

Lighting Up Your Nights

Home Hardware
  • August 3, 2016

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There’s no better way to enjoy the balmy weather than by spending those beautiful nights outside. Not only does the right lighting let you see what you’re doing, but it can also really enhance the look of your patio, deck and garden. With so many options available today, it’s easy to find the lighting that suits your needs and personal style.

Solar_BlogWhen considering what kind of lights to use for your outdoor areas, think about how long they last, how much light they give and how easy they are to install.

Solar powered lighting is easy to install as there is no wiring required. Landscape lights in particular use LEDs, one of the longest lasting lighting options. They are exceptionally energy efficient because they run off of the energy of the sun and have no impact on your electricity bill. Win-win!

Low-voltage electric lights are another option. They provide consistent bright lighting for your deck, patio and other outdoor areas. These lights include wiring through a weather-resistant cable, which is easy to bury. Low-voltage electric lighting options let you add a timer and are a low-cost landscape lighting option.

DeckLighting_BlogWhen lighting your deck, you need to consider style and safety as it can be difficult to navigate deck stairs in the dark. Consider installing deck lights on the stair risers and railings to help guide the way. The Reactor Mini Solar Deck/Step Lights are a great looking, solar powered option to light up your stairs. Reactor low-voltage LED Deck Lights provide guaranteed lighting and can be plugged in to a Red Dot Deck Grommet, an outlet where you need it, eliminating unsightly extension cords. The Reactor Solar Railing Light and Classy Caps Solar Copper Ambience Post Cap help light the way and add a little something extra to your deck design.

PathLighting_BlogThere’s no reason the beauty of your garden can only be enjoyed in the daylight; there are plenty of ways to light the garden path. Solar stake lights are practical and easy to install – no wiring required. The Fusion Solar Mosaic Stake Light and Reactor Solar Waverly Path Light really do the job, and the Reactor Crane Solar LED Light Stake provides a more whimsical option. And, speaking of whimsy, why not add a little to your garden with the Motorcycle Frog and Gnome Farmer Solar Lights?

Accents_BlogOnce you take care of the practical aspects of your outdoor lighting, there’s room to add some accents to create a style of your own. Lanterns and string lighting can be a really stylish compliment to your outdoor décor. Solar or battery powered lanterns are available in a variety of styles. The Fusion Outdoor Candle Lantern is a great way to add a classic look to your patio. String lighting is fun and fanciful and comes in several different looks. For example, add a bit of the beach with the solar seashell 20 light set, or set the tone with the solar disco ball 10 light set. From retro to modern, there is string lighting to suit any time period.

Outdoor lighting is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to add both beauty and security to your home. Today, there are so many outdoor lighting options that finding the ones that are right for you and your home is easier than ever!

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