Spring is finally here; a season of warm colors and liveliness. During spring, homeowners everywhere love to enjoy the outdoors spending time and making memories with friends and family. The days are warm, the evenings are cooler and it’s the perfect time to entertain outside. This is the best part about this time of year; being able to enjoy the outdoors, comfortably.
A properly lit patio offers you an oasis for relaxation and a safe haven to recharge after a long, busy day. Light and color can create the right atmosphere for mood and ambiance and also give a feeling of safety. This is why adding landscape lighting to your patio is a great idea for a DIY home-improvement project during the Springtime. To accomplish this, there are multiple lighting techniques available:
Bistro lighting is arguably one of the most popular ways in which homeowners illuminate their patios for both function and entertainment. Bars and restaurants string bistro lights over their outdoor areas because many guests prefer to enjoy food or a beverage under a starlight sky. The atmosphere is more relaxed and open; areas feel more spacious without a roof and walls to limit them.
Bistro lights are not the same as Christmas lights as they are designed more for longevity being used outdoors. They can be installed for a single event or, installed for a permanent lighting solution.
Hardscape lighting involves using existing structures to highlight patios, walkways, walls, pergolas, gazebos, outdoor firepits, and much more. Linear bar lights, deck lights, and recessed step lights are typically used. When strategically placed, these landscape lights can provide subtle illumination to enhance the ambiance of any outdoor entertainment area.
Spotlights & Path Lights
A more traditional route is installing spotlights and path lights around the perimeter of a patio. This is a simple and sure-fire solution for providing illumination for outdoor entertainment areas. Spotlights do well to highlight landscape and architectural feature to enhance the ambiance. They can also provide subtle, ambient area light depending on the layout.
Path and area lights are ideal for providing 360-degrees of illumination for patio entry points, walkways, and seating areas. Using a combination of the two can increase the overall comfort and beauty of your patio; making it much more inviting for friends and family.