Here in Chicago, winters can be long, cold, and… Dark. Oftentimes, families find themselves without quality outdoor lighting which can lead to injuries on ice and snow. Despite this common occurrence we have an easy fix!
When installing or assessing current lighting for your home ask yourself these three questions:
- How long do my bulbs last? (are they durable?)
- Is my lighting choice energy-efficient?
- Does my lighting offer comparable or better lighting than other choices?
Despite lighting being such a common occurrence, many people aren’t aware that LED lights in particular are able to withstand the harshest and coldest weather conditions while still remaining energy-efficient; meaning LED lights are comparably better than any competing lighting on the market making it a great choice for lighting in the winter.
How to Style Outdoor LED Lighting
Tip #1: The most important thing to remember when installing LED lighting is to ensure the bulbs you are using are waterproof!
Popular LED designs that feature waterproof lighting include vintage hanging bulbs that can be strung from umbrellas, trees, fences, or entryways! These lighting fixtures create a unique ‘boho’ style that decorates the landscaping of your home.
Tip #2: Choose the correct color of lighting for your home!
When choosing LED lighting, there are different colors that will affect how your home looks, as well as how well-lit it is. LEDs provide clearer visibility with brighter emissions, but you may not find extremely bright lights to be what looks best on your home and may want softer (more yellow!) lighting that still serves a purpose of providing safety for your family.
Below are two different colors of lighting that are commonly chosen between when lighting your walkways in the wintertime:
Tip #3: determine if LED string lights or bulbs are right for you!
When choosing what type of LED lighting you are interested in installing, a common question is: what kind? The two large categories to choose between are string lights and bulbs. String lights are great for lighting walkways, for styling by wrapping around trees or on bushes.
Whereas, bulbs are often purchased with a more expensive lighting fixture that often creates a more modern look for your home. This type of lighting is oftentimes attached to your home, and makes it simple to replace bulbs!
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Planning for Installation
When planning to install outdoor lighting of any kind, don’t hesitate to reach out to professionals in order to ensure that you have the correct lighting, cords, and set up so that your lighting lasts you through the winter months!