How to Choose Outdoor Lighting Fixtures
It’s best to narrow down your lighting needs before choosing outdoor fixtures. Ask yourself, “What am I trying to accomplish?” If you want to provide ample light for a dining area, opt for outdoor LED lighting. Many modern wall sconces employ long-lasting, energy efficient LEDs that ensure ample light for several years.
Portable outdoor lights (like a lantern or lamp) are an easy choice for outdoor areas without an outlet or nearby electricity. To illuminate a pool or an uncovered pathway, select outdoor waterproof lamps. This weather-resistant type will provide light, rain or shine.
As a rule, it’s important to choose weatherproof outdoor lights. Think about a fixture’s construction and material — and ensure that it can stand up to the elements. Powder-coated aluminum outdoor wall lights, high-density polyethylene lamps, and teak lanterns are among the best durable outdoor lights.
If you design your space with pragmatic yet stylish outdoor furniture and lighting, it’s destined to be a haven for seasons to come.
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