A Guide To Outdoor Lighting by NiceTime

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									Title:
A Guide To Outdoor Lighting

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418

Summary:
With the evolution of lighting tech
nology, outdoor lighting has seen i
ts share of breakthroughs. Outdoor
lighting is as important as indoor
lighting. Lighting up the spaces im
mediately outside or surrounding ou
r living areas is extremely vital f
or visual orientation, safety while
 navigating, and security, as well
as for balancing out the indoor amb
ience. The outdoor milieu prepares
and provides a preview to the life
and living style within the four wa
lls. Outdoor lighting is equally im
portant in reflecting the external
persona of a structure and its surr
ounding area. It sets a particular
mood and provides a visual treat.


Keywords:
Lighting, Home Lighting, Outdoor Li
ghting, Landscape Lighting
Article Body:
With the evolution of lighting tech
nology, outdoor lighting has seen i
ts share of breakthroughs. Outdoor
lighting is as important as indoor
lighting. Lighting up the spaces im
mediately outside or surrounding ou
r living areas is extremely vital f
or visual orientation, safety while
 navigating, and security, as well
as for balancing out the indoor amb
ience. The outdoor milieu prepares
and provides a preview to the life
and living style within the four wa
lls. Outdoor lighting is equally im
portant in reflecting the external
persona of a structure and its surr
ounding area. It sets a particular
mood and provides a visual treat.

Outdoor lighting presents enormous
scope for experimentation. It’s a v
irgin canvas waiting to be colored
by unique lighting approaches, idea
s and techniques. Outdoor lighting
spaces comprise the areas surroundi
ng the structure, pathways, swimmin
g pools or fountains, landscape sur
rounding the structure, patios, bal
conies, decks, porches, etc.
There are a variety of options on t
he market, including low-voltage li
ghting, flood lights, tree lights,
post lights, lanterns, string bulbs
 for festive occasions, recessed li
ghting, scoops, pagoda-style louver
ed faced lights which granite finis
h that easily blend without door en
virons, and even solar lights devoi
d of wires and operating on NiCad b
atteries.

Various techniques of lighting can
be used in outdoor lighting. Spot l
ighting, which focuses light on arc
hitectural features, may be positio
ned to minimize glare and focus ful
ly on the focal point. Silhouetting
 is placing the light sources behin
d the object to bring out the shape
 of the object rather than the exac
t color and texture. Key light or
shadowing requires placing the ligh
t source directly in front of the o
bject of interest to create a light
 and shadow effect. Moonlighting re
quires a fixture to be placed on th
e trees and aiming it down to provi
de a natural peaceful moonlit effec
t.   Deck lighting, grazing (light
focuses on the object at a sharp an
gle) and washing the surface (light
 focuses on objects at a wider or b
lunt angle), step lighting, walkway
 lighting, pond and fountain lighti
ng, and sign lighting are some of t
he various techniques used for outd
oor lighting.

In outdoor lighting, a basic thing
that has to be kept in mind is that
 the lighting fixtures are exposed
to all the elements outside. In cas
e of lighting water features, the l
ight source is sometimes from the i
nside to create a magical glitterin
g and rippling effect. Therefore, a
ppropriate lighting fixtures and li
ghts should be chosen. Self-lightin
g kits of low voltage are also avai
lable for those who wish to try out
 their creative lighting talents.

								
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