Of course, times and tastes have changed. Homeowners now want to create ambiance with softer lighting; they wish to showcase architectural or landscape features in addition to providing safety. And manufacturers have responded to that demand with beautiful lighting solutions that illuminate home and landscape without making it look like a prison yard (or perhaps worse, the Griswold’s from “Christmas Vacation”). Not too long ago, residential outdoor lighting consisted of floodlights and the occasional lantern, both primarily used as safety measures: to illuminate dark spaces around homes or yards or to light up walking paths.
One of the ways they’ve done this is through LEDs (Light Emitting Diode), the hottest lighting trend in decades. LEDs consume 85 percent less energy and have a much longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs. While traditional incandescents and compact fluorescents emit light in all directions, LEDs emit light in a specific direction, making them the perfect solution for illuminating only those areas
LEDs do not radiate heat nor give off infrared or UV rays, which means they don’t attract mosquitoes or other bugs (which is especially important in these parts!). And LEDs can be programmed to emit light in a variety of colors, so gone are the days when yards were flooded in a glaring white or yellow light.
So, whether you wish to create a dramatic effect by showcasing architectural features of your home or landscape; or you’re primarily concerned with safety and wish to illuminate dark spaces around your home or light walkways and paths, there’s an LED lighting solution for your needs.
Four different solutions for lightening and brightening your home at night:
Whether you choose a flush mount, like the Derby with its Craftsman detailing, or a hanging lantern, like the Pier 33 with coastal undertones (pictured), your front entrance will offer both function and style.
Illuminate walkways and garden paths with these path lights, available in a classic black lantern shape or in a sleek modern style.
The Endorse wall lantern features a classic style, while the East Haven (pictured in antique bronze) glows from within a seeded glass shade.
Available in antique bronze or black, the Wish lantern features nautical and industrial undertones. The Arrive showcases heavily textured glass and clean lines, while the Westport (pictured in antique bronze) is classically styled with clear, seeded glass.