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Create a Safely Lit Outdoor Area at Your Home

Do you ever arrive home after dusk, blinded by darkness outside your home? Not only does this leave your fumbling for keys to unlock the door and falling over obstructions that may lie in your path, it also creates a dangerous scenario that leaves you venerable to thieves, robbers, and other harmful hiders. Create a safe and illuminated environment with outdoor lights. There are many styles and options to choose from that add functionality AND beauty. Here are just a few of the many great lights available for the outside of your home.

  • Solar Step Light: Perfect for lawns, gardens, and pathways, these stepping stones create sure footing with glow of light. They easily support up to 350 lbs of weight and harness the sun’s energy to power their efficient LED lights. There is no wiring to install and no operating costs – just beautiful style and a secure path.

Solar Stepping Stone

  • Security Light: If you need a stronger, steady light, security lights are a great solution. They bathe the outside of your home in light and create a safe area. Solar security lights offer the added function of saving money and electricity. The security light below can be set to light up upon detection of motion or set on a timer to illuminate before you arrive home. Installation is simple so you can have it installed instantly upon receipt.

Solar Security Light

  • Outdoor Lanterns: If your goal is to add light in the most elegant way possible, outdoor lanterns are for you! You can choose from electric lanterns, which operate off of standard household bulbs, or flame lanterns, which burn fuel. Many lanterns also come with planter flower pots around the bottom to add a beautiful gardening opportunity. Citronella oil, long known to ward off insects, can be burned in flame lanterns. In addition to a new source of light, you will repel flying pest from your home.

Islander Park Flame Lantern with Planter

Light Up the Night with Decorative Patio Lamps

Catalina II Patio Lamps         Starlight Lanterns

Outdoor rooms are the best place to spend time on cool evenings during summer, whether alone or with company.  When daytime temperatures soar, it’s a relief to look forward to more refreshing air when the sun goes down.  Proper lighting is a priority, though, when you’re spending more nights outside on the patio or deck.

When looks matter, decorative outdoor lamps are the ideal choice for providing lighting in your outdoor spaces because they are safer than indoor lamps.  With weighted bases, weather resistant materials, and weather-proof grounded cords and plugs, outdoor lamps are perfect for use on decks, patios, and in outdoor rooms.  Their stylish designs complement indoor as well as outdoor decor, though, so they can be used effectively and beautifully in interior spaces, too, if desired.

Taking advantage of the cooler evening temperatures this summer can be more meaningful when enough light is available to do more than just sit and relax.  Enjoy a book, work on a hand crafting activity, or share smiling conversation with family and friends.  Shedding a little light opens up more possibilities for your outdoor spaces.

Before & After: Design Details Make the Difference

Any living space can be turned from bland and unappealing to comfortable and inviting, and it rarely requires expensive choices like remodeling or a complete decorating makeover.  In most cases, a fresh and beautiful look can be achieved with the addition of a few simple and inexpensive details.  Here is a good example:

Before Outdoor Curtains

The photo above shows a fairly standard wall that serves as a boundary between properties.  The homeowner has attempted to soften the appearance of the wall by adding some beautiful potted ferns, but the plants don’t successfully break up the wide, visual expanse of stone.

With the addition of outdoor curtains and mounted light fixtures, though, a dramatic improvement can be seen:

After Outdoor Curtains

The vast and unappealing wall becomes a softer and more elegant focal point.  Even the potted plants, which before looked washed out and ragged against the drab stone backdrop, pop out in front of the outdoor curtains and add more visual texture and interest to the scene.

Many times, all that a living space requires to improve its appearance is the addition or alteration of a few details.  Before investing in an expensive remodel or decorating overhaul, it’s worth the time and money to first think on a smaller scale.  A very little change, as seen here, can often go a long way to improve a living space.

Starlight Lanterns – Outdoor Patio Lantern Lighting

If you are looking to add beauty and ambience to your outdoor patio, outdoor lanterns are an excellent choice and can give any space a warm glow that neither overpowers nor disappoints. These beautiful ornamental lights create a dramatic, ambient glow in your outdoor living spaces, on the patio, by the pool, or in the garden. Starlight Lanterns, pictured above, are particularly perfect for adding a glowing ambiance to your outdoor decor.