Summer Fun with Outdoor Lighting

There is no time quite like the summer to inspire backyard parties and barbeques. Great food, fun friends, and endless drinks definitely make summer get-togethers memorable, but strategic outdoor lighting is key to keep the fun going long after sundown. Instead of relying on that fading spotlight out by your garage, try these ideas to lend a bit of creativity and excitement to your backyard fiesta zone.

Outdoor Lighting

Hanging Lit Garden
If you have an outdoor area with some type of roof or overhang, this idea is a must for Tampa residental lighting. First, find some type of flat surface that can serve as a base. Suspend that base from the ceiling to the height you prefer, and load it up with candles, tea lights, and gorgeous yet low-maintenance plants. This lush hanging light will not only create a beautiful glow at night, but will offer an instant source of conversation for all of your very impressed friends.

Paper Bag Lanterns
Who said Christmas lights stopped being valuable after the holidays? Buy colorful paper bags, cut holes in the bottom, and string them up on a row of Christmas lights so that each bag has a light shining through from the bottom of the bag. This can be done for just one strand of lights over a table or bench, or you can utilize multiple strands to cover an entire area like a glowing rooftop.

Painted Planters
Sometimes the best sources of light come from the least likely sources! WIth the right paint, you can actually make the different planters in your yard come alive at night and shine light onto the grass and pathways nearby.

Get Fancy
Chandeliers aren’t just for your entryway anymore! You can “upcycle” old or antique chandeliers to serve as a beautiful focus point in your outdoor area. Hang one from a tree, or above a picnic table for a classy and rustic feel that becomes useful at night.

These fun DIY tips can help you make your backyard party space even more festive.

Lighting on the Coast for Wildlife Safety

landscape lightingIf you’re lucky enough to have a house on the beach, you most likely have a beautiful beach garden or outdoor area to enjoy your view. However, it’s well known that artificial lights disrupt coastal animal behavior and can perilously impact light-sensitive habitats for seabirds and sea turtles. Take these best beach lighting practices into consideration to ensure your habits aren’t negatively affecting your favorite wildlife animals.

Be Selective

It’s ideal to only light areas when they are in use, which outdoor motion-sensing lights can help you achieve. Indoor lights can filter outside and create light pollution, something that dense vegetation layers planted along the property line can resolve. These measures also provide you and your family with an extra sense of privacy.

Use Decorative Light Shields

Flood lights and spotlights can cause immediate damage to animal habitats since they spread light directly onto trees and across the coastline. When baby sea turtles hatch on the beach, the turtle might mistakenly crawl toward the bright artificial lights instead of to the water, resulting in its death. Many beaches have policies making direct lights illegal for this reason, so be sure to use low-profile lights and sunken lights to illuminate when needed.

Harness New Technology

LED lighting is in its prime right now as an affordable and energy-efficient outdoor light choice. This type of lighting works well for beach front properties because LEDs come in soft, subtle glows that can be embedded under garden beds, benches, fire pits, and other outdoor designs for a low-light gleam.

Technology even now makes it possible to purchase lights specifically certified as wildlife-friendly. This takes all of the guess work out of it and ensures that you won’t disrupt or harm any beach wildlife with your own lighting needs. Furthermore, an industry standard rating now exists to indicate lights with low levels of light pollution. Choose these to ensure your lighting doesn’t pollute the sky and interrupt migratory birds and nocturnal animals.

If all else fails, hire a professional lighting company to help accommodate your home’s lighting to work with, rather than against, nearby wildlife.