Winter storm Pax, an earthquake, and the 60’s all within 10 days! Oh, that’s right. We live in the Carolinas. The weather has been a touch mental recently, and in this last leg of winter, it keeps driving us indoors. The good news is that soon spring will arrive, the temperatures will begin to normalize, and we’ll finally get to escape the confines of the house and enjoy the outdoors. But in the meantime, I’m sure you’re still spending a lot of time inside. Let’s all face it. We’re all a little fed up, but perhaps if you can break up the routine a bit, the remaining time stuck indoors won’t seem so endless. So how about this? Let’s do a little planning for spring and the outdoor time that’s coming. Whether you’ll be firing up the fire pit with your family, hosting a cookout, or enjoying a dinner in the garden with your spouse, outdoor lighting will extend the time you can use your outdoor spaces. And you’ll definitely want after the past couple months. Before you meet with a lighting designer, like Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville and Western NC, it’s good for you to have some idea of what you want out of your outdoor lighting.
So grab your computer or some paper and something to write with. Spend a little time answering the following questions.
- Do you already have an outdoor lighting system? This is one of the first things your designer will want to know. If you do, jot down what type of system it is and who installed it. Also note if you want to add outdoor lighting in another area (the garden, deck, or pool area), or if you want to upgrade your system.
- What areas are most important for you to illuminate? Believe it or not, outdoor lighting isn’t all or nothing. You can add one area at a time if it is more economical or practical. Perhaps you have some new landscaping planned this spring. It makes sense to wait until after that work is completed to do any landscape lighting. Make a list of all areas you want to light and rank them.
- What mood or tone are you trying to set? Using different fixtures and lighting techniques, designers can give areas different moods and tones. Want it to be festive? Relaxing? Elegant? Enchanting? All of these and more are possible. Think about what you want and what type of activities you’ll be doing in this area.
- Can you find examples? “A picture is worth a thousand words,” the old saying goes. Often, it’s true. Find photographs of lighting designs you like, ones that fit your vision for the area. Of course, no designer can promise it will look exactly like the picture, but such images will give him/her a better idea of what you want. If you’d like to see some of our outdoor lighting projects, visit our Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville website or our Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville Houzz page and save the photos you like to your ideabook.
There now. Look at how fast the time went and all of the information you gathered. The pages you have now will make the meeting with your designer go much more smoothly, and you’ll be that much closer to creating the perfect outdoor escape once the weather clears.
Despite the Carolina weather weirdness, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville and Western NC is still hard at work designing, installing, and maintaining outdoor lighting systems for our clients. We aren’t weather shy. So call us today. It may still be winter, but we are working hard to get you ready to dash outdoors as soon as possible. We’d love to design and install outdoor lighting for your perfect space.