As the colder weather draws closer and the days become shorter, outdoor living spaces tend to be abandoned. However, with a bit of thought and the use of clever lighting and a heater, areas such as patios can still be enjoyed.
Outdoor lighting can be grouped into four areas; ambient lighting, job lighting, accent lighting and security lighting.
Ambient lighting can be described as general lighting of the main area you wish to illuminate, providing pleasant and ample light at wide angles. It should be installed in the primary area of the garden, such as a patio, where it is most likely that you will want to spend your time.
Task lighting provides illumination for specific activities and can be installed in barbecue or games areas. Accent lighting is used to highlight specific objects within the garden, such as ornaments and plants, to add character to outdoor living space. A simple uplight on a garden wall can create interesting shapes of light.
Security lighting has a more practical use, whether it be for added protection for the home or to provide light for paths and walkways. Security lighting generally comprises a floodlight and photocell or sensor which will automatically turn on when it detects movement.