Outdoor lighting solutions differ from indoor lighting for two main reasons. First of all, outdoor light fixtures need to be well resistant to the natural distraction elements, which are mainly water and temperature. An outdoor light fixture that is not water resistant will be easily damaged and will become a hazard and create dangers that we don’t want to deal with, and a non-heat resistant one will be easily warped and will simply not outlast one season of snow and then summer heat.
The second reason is that outdoors (back or front yard) there are less walls and no ceiling that will reflect and multiply the light. A regular light bulb in the middle of the yard will be visible but will not light the yard enough, leaving a pool of darkness around it. A different approach needs to be explored in this case. Lights should be directed at walls and objects around the yard, so that they spread the light around them.
Outdoor Potlight Ideas and Schemes
Both problems have several solutions, of which the optimal one is using pot lights. They are designed perfectly for use outdoors. Being small enclosed units, they can be placed in recessed niches and will be snug and invisible themselves, while lighting the area around them with incredible efficiency. The units are made of temperature and water resistant materials and are usually installed in such a way that makes them safe from the weather. The units are small and easy to install and conceal, making it possible to strategically place them around the yard, lighting objects and using the pot lights as spotlights. Within this general strategy, there are several different tactics.
Magic Garden Potlights
The potlights are placed in the tree roots, lighting them from underneath, while a few more can be installed in the boughs. It is an outdoor pot light idea that makes for a delightful time in the backyard, entertaining friends at the pool and sipping martinis.
Picnic Time Potlights
Arrange the potlights in a row on the front of the house so that they create a well-lit area in the yard that will serve as a dining area. Get your BBQ out and garden furniture set, and you have the perfect set for a great party with your family.
Backyard Path Lights
This outdoor pot light idea is perfect for the front yard and porch, especially when expecting to greet guests. Dim lights are placed in the paving on both sides of the path and stairs, creating a lit path that will be both mystical and welcoming. Adding a few spotlight beams on the house walls will complete this picture, making it perfect.
There is much, much more to say about the use of potlights outdoors. We will be glad to share this knowledge with you. Begin the transformation of your home’s lighting into something just short of magical.