Outdoor Lighting in Bellingham Done Right
Those living in the beautiful city of Bellingham enjoy a picturesque landscape and diversity of culture. Outdoor lighting in Bellingham can serve to add to the ambiance of the city’s glow, or take away from it depending on where lights are placed, and which products are selected for installation. There are some definite dos and dont’s when it comes to lighting the outside of property that the industry professionals live by.
Let’s review a few of the most critical aspects of outdoor lighting from the pros in order to help make a house look like a home.
- Do utilize outdoor lighting in a way to improve the safety of a property.
- Don’t go overboard.
How it’s done:
Lighting at the front door and other entrances to the home is especially important. It serves many purposes including illuminating the keyhole to prevent fumbling around in the dark, and acting as a repellent for intruders looking for an easy target. The idea is to light up the area without making it overly lit. Two bulbs on either side of the doorway with a brightness that is equivalent to a 40W incandescent is best.
Add lights to the edge of walkways and steps to prevent accidental falls and help guide the way when the sun goes down. Solar powered LED lights can be found in several fixture variations. A single pathway light for the driveway entrance and small staked lights alongside walkways will do the job just fine.
Don’t forget to light up stairs as well for the safety of any guests coming and going. For this purpose, light strips are a good choice to show where one step begins and the other ends. Be sure that the lighting is just bright enough to light the way, without being overly harsh on the eyes.
- Do direct light toward the ground and away from the street.
- Don’t use lights extravagantly or it will cause irritating and possibly dangerous glare for nearby neighbors.
How it’s done:
Take advantage of fixtures specially created to prevent “light pollution.” They have shields and reflectors, allowing them to be aimed in a specific way in order to keep light to a minimum and avoid glare. When the lighting is first placed, position the fixtures in the dark, when it is easier to tell how it affects the surroundings. Pay careful attention to how the home looks from the street, as the last thing anyone wants is to blind unsuspecting drivers, neighbors, or guests.
Use the lowest wattage bulb to accomplish what needs to be done. Choose a bulb that adds just enough light, without being overpowering. The softer the light, the easier it will be on the eyes and the neighbors will be grateful for that. For areas that require security lights, but not all-night lighting, install motion sensors so that they are only on when needed.
The lighting chosen and where each bulb is positioned can make the difference between distracting from a homes beauty, or properly accentuating it.
If you are ready to improve your outdoor lighting in Bellingham, we welcome you to contact us for assistance. Contact Puget Services at (888) 435-1212 to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable home lighting experts for a free installation estimate.