Summer is here and that means longer days for spending time outside with family and friends! Whether you’re cooking for the family on the deck, hosting a pool party, or reconnecting with neighborhood friends, you’ll want the fun to continue long after the sun sets. Proper outdoor lighting can turn any backyard into a beautiful oasis – check out these helpful tips and start creating your outdoor paradise today!

Make a Plan – Begin by taking a stroll through the areas that you want to illuminate. Think about how you’re currently using your space, as well as any future plans like new conversation areas or spots designated for activities like volleyball, bocce, or even your own putting green! What features of your yard do you want to emphasize with lighting? Obvious choices include seating areas, pool or spa, and cooking spaces, but think about the less obvious ones as well. Natural features like trees, rocks, and water can take on a whole new persona when dramatically illuminated. 

Improve Safety – Landscape lighting is very important in keeping your family and friends safe. Be sure to provide adequate lighting around paths and sidewalks, along stairways or steps, entryways, and anywhere else that could present a hazard if left unlit. Use earth-friendly solar lighting to improve your backyard décor beautifully and economically. 

Keep it Simple – This is truly a case where less is more! High-wattage bulbs can be too harsh and wash out the very features you’re working to emphasize. Better to use more lighting fixtures and lower wattage bulbs than try to do it all with one or two spotlights. 

Have Fun – Set your yard apart from the crowd by adding fun touches like string lights or flickering candles outdoors. For pathways, non-linear placement of fixtures adds interest while keeping guests safe. 

Having a cookout, family gathering or pool party? Outdoor lighting, landscape lighting, and pool lighting can add ambiance to your backyard outdoor fun, and the pros at Beach Electric are ready to help.  Call Beach Electric, Inc. today at (321) 783-7030 or visit us online with your ideas and questions!