Fall is one of the most popular times of year for outdoor entertaining in Atlanta, but the shortened daylight hours means that you will have to get a little creative with your outdoor lighting. The Fall Atlanta Home Show was packed with creative ideas for lighting all of your outdoor spaces.
If your home is on the market, adding outdoor lighting is a quick and cost-effective way to add value and safety to your home while making it stand out from others on your block. Many families who are house hunting have to do so in the evening, and having your yard attractively lit with ambient light can be what makes potential buyers stop the car.
If you're thinking about adding outdoor lighting to your to-do list this fall, here are some ideas to give you inspiration, but please remember to always call a qualified electrician or landscape architect to do the installation of electric lighting.
Porch and Patio Lighting
When the crew gathers at your house to watch the Falcons play, chances are the most popular outdoor area will be the porch or patio. While fire pits remain a staple for providing outdoor warmth, they don't offer the continuous even light you will need for hosting an evening gathering. Deck post lights or lanterns are a popular option, and are available in gas flame, traditional electric bulb, or LED. The recent innovations in exterior lighting provide many weather resistant and energy-efficient options to choose from.
One of the most exciting trends in outdoor lighting is the installation of under deck ceilings and lighting fixtures. By finishing the area under a second story deck or balcony, you are able to add an all-weather entertaining space with lighting similar to what you would see indoors.
Yard and garden landscape lighting, when added to deck lighting, can extend the space you have available for entertaining or simply add curb appeal to your home. While traditional staples like floodlights and spotlights are certainly viable options, the current trend for landscape lighting is LED lighting.
LED lights use a fraction of the energy that traditional lighting utilizes, and have a greater level of control. With dimmer switches and timers, you can have full control over the mood of your outdoor event, as well as control to light just the areas you need to on a day-to-day basis.
Water and Fire Features
Many people take the focus of their landscaping away from decorative ponds during the winter, since water plants and fish don't look their best during the colder weather. LED floating water lights are a great way to make your pond an attractive accent to your outdoor dcor.
Fire features are also a hot trend this year, with many options outside of the traditional fire pit. These gas-operated features look like they are part of the design for dcor's sake alone, but actually help stabilize the temperature in outdoor entertaining areas, as well.