There are many factors to consider when creating an outdoor lighting plan. From the initial sketch to the final installation process, planning, selecting and placing custom outdoor fixtures may seem like a daunting task.
To avoid major mishaps, make sure to keep the following tips in mind when creating your outdoor lighting design.
- Remember the Importance of Scale, Proportion and Style: Since outdoor environments are often large and open, it’s important to get the scale and proportion of your exterior lights right for the space. Correctly scaled lighting can transform a forgettable fixture into a stylish focal point, and also ensure proper nighttime visibility and safety. As we've mentioned before, Hammerton can scale any light to suit a specific space.
- Choose The Right Materials and Finishes: While it’s very common for exterior fixtures to lose their aesthetic appeal in a season or two, you can avoid this by selecting the right materials and finishes to maximize their durability and weather-resiistance. Steel is suitable in most dry or damp outdoor locations, although aluminum is ideal for virtually any location, including coastal or tropical areas where corrosive salty air and strong UV are significant factors. Brass is another popular option, as some people like its weathered appearance. Selecting the right finish is critical to fixture’s longevity as well — always opt for powder coat finishes, as wet coat paints rarely are fragile and will degrade quickly. At Hammerton we use only architectural grade AAMA 2604-rated particularly finishes, which provide an exceptional standard of weather-resistance. We also recommend pre-treating both steel and aluminum fixtures for an added measure of durability. You can learn more about our finishes and pretreatment processes on our website.
- Set the Scene with Proper Light Placement: You can improve navigation and reduce glare simply with the right lighting placement. Path lights should be hooded, so the light is directed downward to reduce glare, which can have a blinding effect. In other outdoor areas, opt for dimmers to control light levels. You should also aim to create layers of light that can be turned off and on depending on how much light is needed.
- Be Intentional About Lighting Design: Because lighting is essential for helping people transition between indoor and outdoor spaces, a good design plan is essential. You can design an outdoor lighting scheme that boosts safety, as well as aesthetic appeal. Adding LED lighting near landings can prevent slip and falls, while also creating a stunning look at night. Installing lights to the top of newel posts is another way to add style and ease navigation.
- Complement Your Home’s Exterior Design: Take style cues from your home’s exterior design when it comes to selecting outdoor light fixtures. Bronze-colored light fixtures are a popular choice that look good with earth tones. On the other hand, black fixtures work well if your home sports a dark front door and shutters. Fortunately, with Hammerton’s Outdoor Collection you can customize each fixture with a wide range of finishes and styles to suit your home’s exterior space. We can even help you create a completely unique outdoor light fixture from scratch based on your aesthetic needs.
As you can see, there are many factors to consider if you’re planning to revamp your outdoor lighting plan this summer. Contact Hammerton to help you select exterior figures that meet both your functional and aesthetic requirements.