Last year I helped my friend set up her outdoor lighting, furniture, accessories, cool cotton pillows and beautiful candles. I grouped multicolor candles around the fireplace to recreate full living room experience. We had some fun with flowers and accessories. We used oversized lanterns for the ambience. This year she wanted more functional outdoor lighting, such as step lighting and path lighting.
Path and Step Outside Lights Dos and Don’ts
Ask any lighting designer and he will tell you that he plans for safety lighting first. Good news is that you don’t have to be a lighting designer to make sure that your guests are safe at night.
Don’t use the step or path lights that create a tripping hazard. For example, vertical in ground fixtures with design that extends out or lamps that are plugged in.
Do use a flash mount step lights.
The sleek design of the step lights extends only .7” off the wall making it almost flush. It is safe and gives out enough light.
This fixture is flush, bright enough and it is constructed to eliminate glare which is important for people that are older. Because of the wide beam spread maximum of the surface is lit.
Outdoor Accent or Mood Lighting
For accent or mood lighting I like lighting design that is minimal with high functionality. If you want minimalistic look, choose contemporary lighting design that is both functional and beautiful.
3. Halley Floor-to-Clamp Outdoor Floor Lamp It lights up the night like a futuristic comet: The beam of light arches through the air and creating magical effect.
4. Havana Outdoor Pendant Lamp by Foscarini No wonder that Havana outdoor lighting is selected by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for its permanent design collection.
5. Round Planter by Rotoluxe Clean, contemporary look and style defines this environmentally friendly fixture. It uses CFL/LED lighting to give off the signature Rotoluxe ambient glow.