According to a recent study by the Appraisal Institute, exterior home improvements are more likely to provide a greater return on investment for homeowners than interior renovations. When it comes to outdoor home improvement projects, updating the deck space, in particular, can prove to be a great way to add to a home’s value while also extending the enjoyment of outdoor spaces.
The nicer weather in the spring and summer season beckons homeowners to extend their time spent outdoors. It’s a time for barbeques and pool parties with friends and family; a time for relaxing nights lounging on a patio or deck.
Quality outdoor lighting is a must-have accessory for any outdoor living space that’s going to transition gracefully from day into night. While the use of lamps, lanterns and candles creates an inviting ambiance, there are lots of additional ways to “light up the night” in style.
A Guiding Light
LED lighting on deck railings – including under-rail lighting and post lighting – can be an attractive and functional addition to a deck area. Not only does this type of lighting delineate the perimeter of the deck, but it also imparts a warm glow to the deck itself. Additionally, it increases safety by illuminating stairways, which can be challenging to navigate at night.
Plus, LED lights shine brighter than halogen or incandescent lights, while using significantly less energy.
Set the Tone
Strategically placed lighting can help an outdoor space come to life after sunset, making the architectural features of the deck and surrounding areas stand out. Installing solar pathway lights near flower beds can help homeowners navigate the backyard at night. Solar spotlights are a great way to showcase trees or water features and to create focal points in the outdoor space. Warm, white light, in particular, will add a cozy, welcoming feel.
Mixing it Up
For any space, it’s important to consider the best mix of lighting for the specific functions of the space. For example, for multipurpose spaces like most outdoor living environments, opt for task lighting for the cooking area, ceiling fans with lights for covered seating spots, and ambient accents for dining area. Fire pits are also a great way to infuse light and warmth on breezier evenings.
As more consumers invest in their outdoor spaces and look for ways to “bring the indoors outside,” the array of available lighting options will continue to grow. Well-planned outdoor lighting can extend the living space both physically and visually while offering a little more time to unwind and take in the view.