All You Need To Know About Outdoor Lighting Parts and Accessories
In a normal lighting setup a lot of focus is often placed on indoor lighting systems, but did you know outdoor lighting systems are also as equally important? Outdoor lighting systems not only serve the core function of illumination but also double up as decorative pieces and can greatly enhance property value. This said, the following overview on best practices and tips when it comes outdoor lighting parts and accessories might prove invaluable when it comes to setting up an outdoor lighting system.
Some of the best ways to create lighting systems for an outdoor setting
When setting up this type of lighting system, there are a number of questions which when answered will ultimately determine the lighting parts and accessories one will have to buy so as to come up with the best lighting plan and design. These are:
What is the purpose of the lighting system?
Outdoor lighting can be used to serve various purposes: security lighting, step lighting, decorative lighting also known as landscape lighting and even path lighting.
What type of light is best suited for the lighting system?
There are several different types of lighting conditions. For instance, there are ambient light fixtures, which produce a natural, even glow and are best suited for pathways and outdoor step lights. Accent and task lighting fixture produce more intense light and as such bring focus to a particular point. These fixtures are best cut out for decorative lighting where they are used to highlight decorative landscaping features such as vegetation, ponds and even statues.
What is the theme or mood you wish to achieve?
The theme or mood will also dictate the outdoor lighting parts and fixtures to be used. There is a wide selection of parts and fixtures that one can choose from. From modern contemporary to medieval and even rustic fixtures: the range of options is quite broad.
By answering these questions you will be well on your way to determine the best lighting design for your outdoor setup before heading out to a store to shop for these pieces.
Types of outdoor lighting systems
The following is a comprehensive overview of the different types of lighting systems for an outdoor setup and also the various outdoor light fixtures and parts that can help one achieve this.
These are perhaps one of the most common types of lighting fixtures for an outdoor setup. Path lights usually consist of a light post on top of a diffuser. The diffuser serves the purpose of confining or spreading out the light depending on the preference of a user and most specifically the purpose of the lighting system.
As a norm, path lights can be spread along a walkway or circled around a pond or statue for decorative purposes. When selecting the best path light for your setting, you have abroad range of options in terms of outdoor post light and outdoor post lights parts. From post mounts made out of polished bronze or a rustic copper oxide finish to stainless steel fixtures for a more modern look, the list is endless. All you have to do is go through our product catalogue at www.wegotlites.com to make your selection from hundreds of different products.
Security lighting also forms an integral part of exterior lighting. Security lighting is considered as a form of accent or task lighting and as such the light used has to be quite intense. There are a number of fixtures that can be used to achieve this. One good example is the LED flood light.
Due to the intensity of the light being used, security light systems tend to consume a lot of energy. To be able to save up on energy costs, it is advisable to integrate both constant light fixtures with motion dependent light fixtures, which come on when motion is detected in the area.
Up lighting is another common type of outdoor lighting. It is used for decorative purposes and as a norm creates drama on a tall structure such as a wall or tree. The light source is placed on the ground and the light produced highlights the trunk or underside canopy of a tree.
This type of lighting can also double up as a form of security lighting with the best lighting fixtures for use within such a setting being well lights and spotlights.
This style of lighting helps to highlight features and shapes that might be hiding in plain daylight. Outdoor post lights are best suited for this and as a norm are placed behind the item with the main focus point being towards the vantage point.
Grazing basically involves placing a light source close to a flat surface and aiming the light either up or down the surface for a dramatic shadow play. Grazing helps outline the texture of a wall while at the same time doubling as security lighting. The best outdoor light fixture accessory for this is the wall sconce.
Outdoor Step Lighting
This basically involves the lighting of outdoor steps for illumination and decorative purposes. LED lights are considered best for this due to their low energy consumption, sturdy design and long life span. You can accessorize using different types of diffusers and lenses all of which are available at the wegotlites.com online store.
Wash lighting can be best described as lighting up an entire space with an all-natural ambient light. Wide beamed light fixtures are best suited for this task.
Outer Lighting Accessories
There are quite a number of accessories that incorporated within an outside lighting plan. From outdoor light pole parts to actual light fixture parts, you have numerous choices. Some other accessories of note include customized poles, photo sensors for motion control and even low power canopy feeds for LED light fixtures all of which are available at our store.
It is generally advisable to carry out a market survey on the types of fixtures available before starting out on your outdoor lighting plan so as to be aware of the options you have. At wegotlites.com, we have thousands of outdoor light fixtures and accessories to fit your every need.