Outdoor lighting serves the dual purpose of security and style. The same techniques that can be applied to security lighting can also be applied to entertainment and event lighting
With summer quickly approaching, families and friends will want to gather outdoors well into the evening. Especially if you have a pool or deck! People want to feel safe, with visibility for walking and gathering, but also feel comfortable — and nothing sets the vibe for an evening like strategically-placed, stylish lighting.
There are so many lighting options available today, it’s possible to find the best lights for you — lighting that will compliment your home’s aesthetics while also boosting the security and safety of your property.
The Perfect Light is here to offer you the perfect outdoor lighting tips for entertaining. From string lights to accent and task lighting, use these professional outdoor lighting tips to make the most out of your summer celebrations. With the lighting all set for the event, you can spend time planning the fun stuff, like the music and the menu!
5 Tips to Light Up Your Next Outdoor Event
The trinity of lighting is ambient, task, and accent lighting. Each of them serves a different purpose, and when layered together provide the ideal lighting design for both practical and inspirational purposes.
1. Ambient Lighting
Ambient lighting is essentially the overall lighting design. Outdoor wall lights and post lights are common ambient lighting options. Or maybe you install hanging lights in your covered outdoor porch. Ambient lighting should set the mood but also provide safety. With ambient lighting solutions, the sky’s the limit when it comes to design possibilities.
2. Add Practical Task Lighting
Task lighting is needed for safety reasons. But that doesn’t mean it can’t look good! Task lighting is focused light to accomplish an activity. When it comes to outdoor lighting, this can mean pathways and walkways, but most people probably think of barbecue and grill lighting.
It’s important to have task lighting where you are walking and preparing food. You could be a master chef, but without proper lighting, you could make a mistake and ruin the food, or worse hurt yourself.
There are many options for illuminating the barbecue area, including individual task lighting specific for the purpose of nighttime barbecue sessions. So cook better and safer by speaking with our lighting designers about the correct fixture and light bulb for your grill and cooking preferences.
4. Choose Special Accent Lighting
Accent lighting is meant to create interest in a space. Your yard is no different. Accent lighting highlights a specific part of your yard to make it visually appealing and to draw the eye in. It can also be used to open up a space and set off boundaries.
Landscape accent lighting is thoughtfully positioned to shed light on a tree, bush, water feature or other garden piece. Enjoy the best parts of your home day and night.
Here are a couple other examples of accent lighting for your outdoor event:
Sensor spotlights — You can use sensor spotlights to light up the summer night. Turn the sensor spotlight to “on” and your yard will be flooded with enough light to keep the BBQ going well into the evening. There are solar sensor and motion sensor options.
String lights — For a laid-back feel or just to add a bit of fun to your festivities, grab some string lights and use them to accent table settings and trees. String lights, rope lights, LED lights, and LED candles are all accent options to enhance your outdoor summer lighting design.
5. Hire a Professional
You may be looking to add lighting to your outdoor space for a specific event. If you’re planning any big outdoor events this summer, The Perfect Light is here to design and install professional outdoor event lighting. Ensure your outdoor event is perfectly lit!
We provide outdoor lighting for the following events:
- Weddings and Wedding Receptions
- Birthday Parties
- Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
- Holiday Parties
- Retirement Parties
- Pool Parties
- Corporate Events & Benefits
- Grand Openings
- And More!
To schedule professional lighting services for your Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio or Denver home or to speak with a lighting specialist about your ideas for illuminating an outdoor event, contact The Perfect Light for your free lighting design consultation.