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What You Need to Know When Lighting Your Backyard

If there’s one thing we know to be true here in central OH, it’s that the fun shouldn’t stop just because the sun goes down! Thankfully, your backyard is the perfect place to enjoy a warm and beautiful spring night. There’s only one thing missing: exterior lighting!

The best lighting will not only create a nice ambiance in your backyard but will also provide another layer of safety and security. Let’s dive into this handy guide provided to you by the licensed, bonded, and insured electricians at True North

Plan Ahead

Before you hop on Amazon and begin searching for lighting fixtures, you should determine your objectives, and then consider what type of lighting would best suit your backyard. Generally speaking, there are three main types of lighting that you can combine to bring your backyard to life for nighttime use: 

  • Security lighting to ward off prowlers and stray animals.
  • Functional lighting to illuminate large areas.
  • Accent lighting to highlight unique landscaping, create ambience or illuminate pathways.

Consider the size of your backyard and decide which areas you would like to accentuate or completely illuminate. Then, choose the best lighting fixture for the job!

  • Floodlights
  • Stairway lighting
  • Garden lighting
  • String lighting
  • Landscape lighting
  • Spotlights
  • Up/down lighting
  • Motion-activated lighting

When used in combination with one another, different types of lighting can create a breathtaking illumination of your home and the landscaping. Additionally, the right lighting can make the space more functional, safer, and even more secure. 

Lighting Tips

When creating a plan for your exterior lighting, you want to choose fixtures that can properly light the area. Consider using LED bulbs as they are flexible for lighting. LEDs are a solid choice since they are brighter than other types of emitters, and have the additional benefit of being dimmable. They’re also highly energy efficient.  

While you may want to use higher output fixtures for pathways, the opposite is true for entertainment areas. In fact, we recommend softer illumination for these areas to create a nice, relaxing ambience. 

Consult An Electrician

Finally, what better way to prepare your backyard than to get advice from professionals? As a local Newark electrician, True North can help design and install lighting throughout your backyard, as well as help you find the best options for your property. An electrician will keep safety and efficiency top of mind to ensure that your backyard lighting project is completed to your complete satisfaction.  We also offer lighting packages that can combine to accomplish several different objectives for lighting all around your home.  

At True North, we are residential electrical experts. However, we’re also your local heating, cooling, and generator experts.  Day or night, you can easily chat live or schedule online with us!  We make service happen!

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