As the temperatures get warmer over the next few weeks, you’ll hopefully be able to sit outside more often in the evenings. With Daylight Savings Time starting this weekend, it means there will be more sunlight in the evenings as well, but if you want to spend time outdoors after the sun has set, then it’s imperative to have the proper outdoor lighting. At Lighting One of Cincinnati, we can help you brighten your backyard this spring, and with our selection of exterior lighting, we know you’ll be able to find fixtures that meet your needs.

Uplight Your Architecture

When we think about outdoor lighting, we often think about how it can help people see as they navigate from the driveway to the front door, or from the patio to the back door. While this is an important function of outdoor lights, it doesn’t mean that downward-focused lights on your paths and sidewalks should be the only fixtures you have. Uplighting your architecture and landscaping can make your yard more attractive and dramatic, and when used correctly, it can be a great way to highlight your home’s special features.

Have More Control

One of the biggest problems that many homeowners face when it comes to their backyard lighting is control. There’s one switch that turns on the back porch light, as well as the patio or deck lights, and the light on the side of the garage. In order to create a more appealing lighting scheme, consider adding new and better controls that let you command one fixture or one set of fixtures at a time. Timers and photocells are also a good addition, since they will turn certain lights on at a certain time every evening, and you won’t have to worry about shutting everything off after you go inside for the night.

Layer Your Lighting

You’ve probably heard of how you should layer your indoor lighting with a combination of ambient, accent, and task fixtures. While you don’t have a ceiling or very many walls in your yard, it doesn’t mean you can’t layer your lights. Uplights and pathway lights close to the ground, post lights on the deck, and hanging fixtures on the trees or a pergola will create the layers that can make your yard more interesting. You’ll also want to have dimmers for certain lights so that you can turn them down or up, depending on the situation and your desired ambiance for the evening. Above all, you want to create a comfortable setting where you can relax with friends and family on those warm spring and summer nights.

At Lighting One of Cincinnati, we love helping people choose their new outdoor lighting. If you’ve been thinking all winter of how you can improve your exterior fixtures this spring, then visit our showroom today. We’ll provide you with a number of great options, and answer your questions regarding fixture style, placement, and control.

We’re open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and on Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. We look forward to seeing you soon!