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Outdoor lighting has both functional and decorative purposes. Adequate lighting is important and can help keep homeowners and their guest's safety. When lighting is too dim or non-existent, individuals are at risk of tripping and falling. Besides the issue of safety, another, though less important purpose for outdoor lighting is aesthetics. It is also a pretty inexpensive way to beautify ones home.

There are many places where individuals can add outdoor lighting to their homes. Along pathways, around the pool, patio, the deck and standing alone are all options. With a little planning and good design, a person really can transform their outdoor space.

The primary functional use of outdoor lighting is safety. Individuals are at risk of falling down and hurting themselves when they are unable to see where they are going. Walking up and down steps, along paths, near pools and ponds without being able to see can be quite dangerous, not only for the person living in the house but also for individuals who come to visit. A homeowner can be held responsible if someone comes on their property and hurts themselves. The risk that someone will get hurt increases when a homeowner fails to provide basic safeguards such as lighting. Placing lights around ones home where people will be trafficking makes good sense and is a pretty inexpensive way to improve safety.

Not only can outdoor lighting keep people from hurting themselves while on a homeowner's property, it can also keep the homeowner safe. Lights can illuminate places where burglars may be hiding, helping persons feel safer and also acting as a crime deterrent.

There are a number of outdoor lighting options. Outdoor wall, ceiling, hanging and post lighting are but a few. Lighting features come in different styles and create varying visual effects. It is a good idea of individuals to consider matching a fixtures style with their home. For example, if a person lives in a grand home, then there light fixtures should also be grand. If a home is ornate, the lighting should be similar in style. This helps to give the home a cohesive sense of style and appearance.

There are a number of outdoor lighting techniques. A few common ones include path lighting, up lighting, down lighting, accent lighting and backlighting. Path lighting involves placing lamps or whatever particular lighting style a person prefers, along the pathways on a person's property. These lights help individuals move from one part of thee property to another, safely.

Up lighting is placed in positions where it is facing up, illuminating an object from below. Flood lights and spot lights, as well as in-ground lighting are all great options for the up lighting technique. Down lighting allows property owners to illuminate objects from above. Back lights are placed behind the objects an individual wants to bring attention to. The exact lighting techniques that a person uses will be dependent upon what effect they want the lighting to have. Experimenting with placement until it gives the right effect is one way to approach lighting design.

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