Warm Summer Nights Are Perfect for entertaining friends and family on the deck or patio, but before you send out invitations and fire up the grill, consider a lighting makeover. Landscape lighting designer Jason Bornhorst offers these helpful hints:
Be Subtle. Being “well lit” doesn’t mean floodlights that are painful to look upon, and perish the thought of yellow bug bulbs. Quality illumination is subtle illumination. People should be “walking through pools of ambient light on decks, porches and walkways”, Bornhorst says, likening the desired effect to a candlelight conversation. “You want soft lights cast downward against a wall or deck surface and just enough light to see your friends and family”.
Avoid the Runway Effect. Do-it-yourselfers tend to think that every square inch of walking space should be covered in light. Not true, says Bornhorst, and there’s no need to frame the pathway with neat lines of opposing lights. He recommends asymmetric placement of soft lights over paths.
Illuminate The House. For a dramatic effect and useful illumination, try lighting the house. “Most people light landscape plants but forget to light the house”, he says. “Lighting a home’s exterior adds texture and silhouettes and interest in the architecture”.
Craig Springer, “Quality Deck Lighting Extends Outdoor Living Space”. South Carolina Living, April 2015: pg.7.