As spring gets into full swing, you may start thinking that you need to have more parties in your backyard. Barbecue perhaps? It is best to do this at night and enjoy the crisp air in the dark. Invite guests and relish the outdoors during the warmest days of the year. Light up the fun by illuminating your outdoor deck with LED lighting options. Discover how to make your outdoor entertaining areas safe and beautiful with strategically placed LED lights.
Use Outdoor Wall Sconces
Sconces add ambiance to outdoor decks. One way to beautify your deck is to put sconces on the posts. You have many options for sconces but it is best to use those that have three lights. Also, make sure that you use sconces that are appropriate in size and proportion to your posts. LED lights should emit just enough brightness to light the floor and the corners of your patio or deck.
To achieve harmonic lighting, use outdoor LED lighting fixtures that emit warm colors because these hues have calming tone. This mood they create is ideal for evening parties. Plus, LEDs are cost-efficient. They last for a long time, often over a decade, and they are specifically marked if they are for outdoor or indoor use.
If your patio does not have posts, you can mount the sconces on walls. Select the area that needs lighting at night, specifically those areas leading to the back door. If you have a backdoor kitchen, you can also put sconce lighting fixtures in the cooking area. Shed plenty of light on this living space so you feel comfortable grilling food any time of the evening – even if you work overtime.
Use Ceiling Fan Lighting
The backyard can get hot on summer nights. One alternative to making the area cooler is to use ceiling fans, especially if your backyard has an enclosed Florida room. An excellent choice is to use outdoor ceiling fans equipped with LED lights. They can provide overhead lighting and also help keep everyone cool. Plus, a fan can help keep the bugs away as people go in and out of an indoor/outdoor room.
Should you decide to do this, choose fans that are made specifically for damp locations. This is because the patio is an open space and the fan is susceptible to absorbing mist at night. If it is rated to be fit for use for damp locations, then the fan is safe and will not cause a fire. The fan can be used even during a rainstorm and the blades are made to withstand air pressure as they will not get warped or bent.
Use String Lights
String lights create an exciting feeling in your outdoor spaces. Hang a string from one corner to another and include the LED bulbs. This creates an enchanting aura and can take your guests down the memory lane. You can drape these strings under the roof or from one post to another.
This is also an effective lighting fixture if you are having a barbecue. Consider using different LED bulb colors for a unique vibe. This also creates an ideal atmosphere for taking spring and summer photos at your outdoor parties.
In the absence of posts, you can hand the string lights from one tree to another. Make sure the dining tables are under these lights so you get adequate lighting once dinner is served.
There are many other ways to design and make your outdoor deck a fabulous night spot. These are just three basic tips to help you get started. Work with an LED lighting professional to choose the best fixtures, bulbs, and designs for your outdoor living areas.
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