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Building Facade Lighting Tips

Landscape lighting is becoming a very popular design discipline, because people are thinking about new ways of how to make their homes stand out and how to have their gardens and backyards be as beautiful and interesting during the night as they are in the daytime. But if you don’t want to go full out and hire an architectural lighting designer, who specializes in combining architecture, electrical engineering and design to create something spectacular, here are some tips how you can use lighting to illuminate the facade of your building and create your very own landscape lighting masterpiece.

 

Know Your Lights

 

First and foremost you need to figure out what types of lights you are going to use to illuminate the facade of your building because regular bulbs won’t do when it comes to landscape lighting. Here you will need lights that are able to not only cope with the performance demands that an outdoors light will have but also with the outdoor conditions related demands. For example, the lamps used as facade lighting need to be very bright so they are able to illuminate larger areas but at the same time they should also be fairly energy efficient so you don’t end up with a huge electricity bill because of the lighting.

 

Moreover since you probably won’t cover up the lights each time it rains or bring them in when the temperature outside drops, you have to make sure that the lights will work in both cold and hot weather as well as make sure lights are waterproof when used outdoors. Some of the best options in regards to outdoor lights that can be used as facade lighting are solar lights, especially solar lights equipped with LED bulbs. But ultimately you need to figure out yourself, which light will be best suited to your outdoors lighting needs.

 

Embrace Different Directions

 

Once you have found your lights, now you can start thinking about how to set them up so they create the most interesting facade lighting. The first thing you can do is play with different light directions and see what looks good. Lighting, especially solar spotlights, can be a unique design element, since they create specific shapes and designs depending on which direction they are turned or what they are illuminating. So use it to your advantage. You can have upwards or downwards light beams or even both and really get interesting lighting patterns.

 

Accent It

 

Another great strategy is to illuminate only certain features of your building, that way accenting them and making sure that whenever somebody is looking at your house at night they are seeing these accent features first. On top of that the accent features will differ from house to house, based on which part of the facade you want to illuminate, so even if you and your neighbor both have identical homes your facade lighting could look completely different from theirs.

 

Some of the most common facade lighting accent features are recesses, they pair very well with linear solar light strips. Any architectural designs like sculptures will work well with upwards turned solar spotlights and even window frames will look good illuminated no matter what lamps you will be using to do so.

 

Use The Shadows and Silhouettes

 

And lastly if you really want to dive into the world of landscape and architectural lighting and have very interesting facade lighting, then you can play with shadows and silhouettes and use them to your advantage. You can achieve this in several different ways. For creating silhouettes, which is called silhouetting, all you have to do is to place a solar spotlight between the object you will be using as your silhouette and the backdrop, be it a wall, a fence or any other similar surface and aim the light towards the backdrop. This way you will be illuminating the wall instead of the object in front of it, which will create an outline of said object, showcasing it in a different light.

 

As for the shadows, a common practice is to create a soft shadow on house facades by placing a light under a tree or a bush that is growing near the wall and turning it upwards. As the light shines through the foliage the leaves and branches will create interesting shadows on the wall, giving the facade of your house a completely different texture and look.

 

I hope you will try out some of these building facade lighting tricks and will allow others to see your home in a completely different and unique way. Who knows, maybe you will even make somebody’s day by having your house lit up and looking pretty.

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Solar Driveway Lighting

First impressions are everything, especially when our homes are involved and having your driveway highlighted with solar driveway lighting would have to be one of the easiest and most economical ways of achieving that impact.

Do It Yourself

Fitting solar driveway lighting can basically be a do it yourself type fit out, although the degree of easy will vary according to the style of light you ultimately decide upon.

Using Different Styles
Embedded solar driveway lighting

Embedded solar driveway lighting

Illuminating your driveway can be effectively achieved by using different styles of outdoor solar lighting. For example, you could use a stunning set of stainless steel solar garden lights which can be simply staked into the ground adjacent to the driveway at your choice of spacing. This system would be both easy and economical to implement.

Alternatively there are some more sophisticated methods of lighting up the driveway which involves a few more skills and therefore a little more costly. One of these methods requires the specially designed solar light units to be embedded into the driveway, which could only be done as the driveway was being built. Another method is to attach them to the surface, which would be much easier to do but you will need some specialized tools to fit them.

The Pros and Cons

Being aware of the good and bad points of solar driveway lights is essential before making any decisions. Following is an easy to follow list of the pros and cons;

Pros;

  • Use zero electricity
  • Relatively easy to install
  • Low purchase cost
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Add value to your home
  • Relocatable (depending on style)

Cons;

  • Long term reliability questionable
  • Light emitted can be dim
  • Need sunlight to operate
  • Some models are fragile
Solar Driveway Lighting for Remote Applications

Commonly we consider solar lighting to be used as an alternative to regular electricity even when we have the choice, but often that option is not available. In this case solar powered outdoor lighting becomes a very good variant.

Picture a driveway on a rural property where it would be both difficult and expensive to install conventionally powered lighting. Enter solar driveway lighting! It would be both fast and easy to install a set of simple outdoor solar lights, such as solar post lights, which would give that much sought after wow factor.

In Summary

Solar driveway lighting is a relatively low cost and easy way to highlight your driveway once the sun has set to make way for the evening. This form of lighting is particularly suitable for those remote type applications or the cost of conventional lighting is too prohibitive.

Be aware of the pros and cons of solar lights before making any decisions because they may or may not be suitable for your situation.

If they are suitable you then need to decide on which style of solar driveway lighting you would prefer. Is it the simple stake type of solar garden light or the more sophisticated style of embedded or surface mounted units?

Hopefully this information will assist you to make an informed decision and regardless of the style you ultimately choose the end result is certain to be outstanding.

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