Outdoor spaces are no longer afterthoughts in a home's design and decor plan. The outdoors set the stage for the rest of the home, create a welcoming ambience, and provide a space to relax, gather with friends and family, or steal a few quiet moments away in the midst of a hectic day. An outdoor area, whether it is a small porch or a large patio, needs to be styled and decorated to match both the functional and practical requirements of the space, as well as the cohesive design aesthetics that tie it in with the rest of the home.
When it comes to choosing exterior lighting fixtures, here are five key things to consider:
1. Function: The primary purpose of exterior lighting is to make outdoor areas safer and more easily accessible after dark.
2. Durability: Is the fixture wet rated? Does its finish hold up against the elements be it harsh sunlight, humidity, rain or snow? Will it resist fading and rusting?
3. Style: Does the fixture complement the architectural style of the house, the type and color of the exterior walls and the overall mood of the space?
4. Compliance: Outdoor fixtures need to comply with HOA guidelines. Fixtures that produce a harsh glare, cause excessive light pollution or deviate from the community’s architectural and aesthetic style are not ideal choices.
5. Convenience: Over time, fixtures will tend to collect dust, may need bulbs replaced or glass cleaned. How easy is the fixture to clean and maintain? Does it have a door to access bulbs or an open base that minimizes dust collection?