Despite February bringing more winter weather than we’ve seen here in Wilmington in quite some time, the first days of March really gave me a touch of spring fever. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we are ready for warm, salt breezes and mild nights – the best times for barbeques, fish fries, and other outdoor gatherings. Since you probably don’t want your event to be over when the sun sets, you should think about the lighting in your outdoor spaces. If there is little or no lighting in the areas where your gathering will be held, adding it will let you soak up spring as long as you want.
So, what can you do to help facilitate the process of acquiring outdoor lighting? The key is planning, and with rain in the forecast, this week is a great one to do just that. When you meet with your outdoor lighting designer for the first time, having the following information will help speed the process along. So get out some paper and a pencil (or your computer), and answer the following questions while you listen to raindrops hitting the windowpanes.
- Do you have an outdoor lighting system already? If you do, jot down whether you want to add lighting to a new area (for example, deck or dock lighting) or if you want to upgrade and/or redesign the system. Also, make a note detailing what kind of system it is.
- What are the areas you want to illuminate most? Even if you have nothing currently in place, an outdoor lighting system doesn’t have to be installed all at once. You could choose only one or two areas based on cost effectiveness or practicality. If you are having other home or landscaping improvements done this spring that might impact the design of the system, it makes no sense to get ahead of yourself. Rank the areas. If you plan to expand your system in the future to include other areas, note this as well.
- What mood do you want for the area or for your property as a whole? Lighting can create many different effects. Depending on how your system is designed, it could be festive, relaxing, dramatic, elegant, or enchanting. There are, of course, many other options as well. Ask yourself what you want to feel when you walk into the space.
- Can you find examples?Of course, no designer can guarantee you that your design will look just like a picture. Each property is unique. However, examples of lighting designs you find appealing can be extremely helpful for communicating your vision to your designer. Gather some examples from magazines, online sources, or Houzz.
Have you heard of Houzz? It is an online home remodeling and design platform you can access via the internet, your smartphone, or tablet. Signing up is free, and so is the app. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington has a designer profile on this platform where we have uploaded examples of our best projects. Look for us! You can save photos you like to your “Ideabook”, so keeping track of the outdoor lighting designs you love is easy.
So even though this week may not be the best for being outside, you can certainly use the time to prepare for the warm, beautiful, fun nights coming this spring. And after you have answered the questions above, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington. Our lighting will allow you to enjoy your outdoor spaces anytime you please.
William Koon, Owner