Outdoor deck lighting is essential for decking and other outdoor facilities. These help the home owner and their guests deal with the dark when they are entertaining at night. The lights are not only handy when there are guests but also for the security and safety of the occupants of the house. Without proper illumination, people could trip on uneven flooring or fall down the stairs. They might also bump on furniture and low walls, causing injury or damage.
The placement for outdoor deck lighting should be considered for optimum use. There are several aspects that need to be thought of before the lights are placed. One of these factors includes the glare that the illumination emits. It is important that the glare does not directly go to the eyes of the people navigating their way around the area. This can be as bad as having no lights at all because intense glare can blind a person temporarily in the middle of making his or her way across the property.
Utilizing indirect illumination is the perfect way to highlight aspects of the decking which the home owner would like to. In order to utilize indirect light, it is better to hide the source. Placement of the source should not be visible and can be covered with foliage, objects and can also be inserted in recesses around the place. Using diffusers might also work but if these are still in the line of sight and made of very bright light, it can still be quite glaring.
Placing the outdoor deck lighting above is a good way of utilizing the intensity of the source. Not a lot of people go around looking up to the lights as they walk around the area. The only drawback of placing the light sources up is when something will block it. Examples of these possible blockages are low lying branches and canopies; flying insects can also obstruct the source but only temporarily. In order to do away with these obstructions, the home owner needs to maintain the trees and shrubbery in and around the decking. The placement of the canopies also needs to be done in consideration when the lights are used at night.
Stairs are crucial when it comes to illumination. Some interior designers place the illumination on the steps themselves, facing p wards. This placement can be dangerous because the glare can blind the person going up or down the stairs. Many experts suggest placing the outdoor deck lighting on the sides in order to illuminate the steps but, at the same time, not blind the person using the stairs. Placing the sources in such a way that they illuminate specific objects like plants, paintings and other objects can also be used to light the area, although not directly. This is also a form of indirectly lighting the area. Quite a lot of sources may be needed in order illuminate a specific area if the concept is to indirectly light up the place.