The main use of outdoor lights are obviously to illuminate. They are erected in dim places in order to be able to see where you are, what is around you and for safety reasons. This is mainly the criteria for outdoor lighting provided by the authorities, street lighting etc. Although, outside lights for decoration may take the same things into consideration sometimes it’s not always necessary, sometimes the lights are purely for decoration.
Use decorative exterior lights to add mood and create atmosphere to an outside space in the evenings, they are easy to install and add that WOW factor to any occasion. Highlight features, add ambience to sitting and social areas, make the most of water features and, if appropriate, advertise!
Types of Exterior Lights for Decoration:
String Lights, fairy lights, globe lights, designer lights.
String Lights are bulbs connected at regular intervals along a low voltage power wire. The bulbs and shades, if they have any, determine their types.
Static, multi-function Rope lights also known as chasing lights are a string of small bulbs encased in a transparent, flexible, waterproof tube. They have a similar effect to fairy lights but are easier to fix and manipulate for some projects such as constructing words and motif lights.
Curtain and Net Lighting
Fibre Tip Light – fluffy & effective
Fibre tip lighting really is for prettiness and doesn’t really give off a lot of light to actually see by. It’s light, fluffy, flows and makes you want to touch and run your hand through it. It’s made of minute bulbs that sit at the end of, what looks like soft nylon fibres, that move about and flow with the breeze. They really are very pretty and can give some stunning effects.
Uplights – to highlight trees, patios and features
Backlights – to highlight features and create interesting shadows
Backlights are much the same as uplights but smaller and placed from behind features to create interesting shadows.
Downlights – to highlight walkways and social areas
Downlights are really a practical rather than decorative lighting and usually designed to fix on walls and placed to give light to walkways, although they can be used to light up larger activity areas. Many are motion sensitive so just illuminate and area long enough to be able to see the way to tread. Motion sensitive lighting needs to be positioned with thought as placed near trees, the wavering branches can cause them to turn on or flicker.
Path Lights – both decorative and practical
Path lights are usually a low-level lighting with a spreading light marking out pathways and guiding from one place to another. Path lights are available in an array of shapes, colours and sizes and usually come on spikes that can easily be pushed into the ground along side a pathway. If solar lights are used, which are ideal for this purpose, they can be installed in minutes, seconds even!