As we approach the warmer months, many of us are eagerly anticipating spending more time outside. So, get ready to bask in the warm glow of ambient lighting and make the most of your patio season! From soft and subtle to bold and dramatic, decorative lighting can transform your patio into a beautiful outdoor oasis.
Whether you’re planning a lively gathering with friends and family, a romantic dinner for two, or just unwinding after a long day, read on to discover how you can use lighting to make this year’s patio season unforgettable. Here are some tips for achieving your dream outdoor lighting set up:
Switch to LED Lighting
Warm white G30 bulbs on E17 wire strung through a back yard forest canopy. Photo by Chelsea Warren Photography
LED lighting is an increasingly popular choice for patios due to its energy efficiency, versatility, and long-lasting nature. LED lights are available in various colors and styles, allowing you to create different vibes for your patio. Hate that outdoor lights can attract insects? Even better news - LED lights give off minimal heat which is a main factor in attracting bugs. If you want to have some fun with alternative colours other than just white, you may want to opt for hues in the realm of yellow and red, since insects are most attracted to blue light.
Explore Different Fixture Styles
This string of G50 bulbs paired with metal shades combine contemporary charm with a retro style.
There are definitely trendy outdoor lights at the moment, particularly Edison-style patio light bulbs. Do your research and make sure you pick some that you’re going to love for years - if you invest in quality, they’ll be with you for a while! There are many different types and styles of outdoor lighting fixtures to choose from, each with its own unique features and benefits, including string lights, pendant lights, floodlights, and landscape lighting. Consider the style of your outdoor space and the architecture of your home, and choose fixtures that complement it to create a lovely and functional patio area. And don't forget safety! Illuminating pathways and driveways will help both you and guests navigate home safely if you're out after hours.
Use Multiple Light Sources
Mix and match lighting styles and incorporate other forms of light like candle light for a dynamic and attractive set up.
Rather than relying on one central light source, use multiple sources to add depth and dimension to your outdoor space, making it an inviting place to relax or entertain. Consider mixing and matching different types of lights to create a more dynamic and interesting look. However, be careful not to mix light temperatures as it can make things appear disconnected and be hard on the eyes. A difference of a few hundred Kelvins will not be noticeable to the eye, but if you star mixing colour temperatures with a difference of 1000 Kelvins or more, it can be hard on the eyes.
Look for UV Protected Products
Our LED filament bulbs have UV-protected plastic lenses to increase longevity and durability.
When you're shopping for outdoor lights, you'll want to be sure that they have UV protection - especially if you're looking to light up your summer nights! Exposure to the elements can degrade your lights more quickly, meaning you'll have to replace them more often. Search for LED bulbs and fixtures that have integrated UV protection in their lenses and other materials, like our G30 and filament bulbs.
The co-axial adapter for our 5mm mini-lights helps to seal out moisture, but it doesn't hurt to check your connections from season to season to ensure that everything is working properly.
When it comes to outdoor lighting, proper maintenance is key to keeping your system looking and functioning its best. Inspect your system seasonally for any worn or frayed wires, loose connections, or broken bulbs. If you notice any issues, repair them immediately to prevent further damage. Be sure to clean your light fixtures on a regular basis to remove any dirt, dust, or debris that may have accumulated, and if you have questions or concerns about maintaining your patio ambient lighting, be sure to consult with a professional for expert advice (that’s us)! If your lights are not permanently installed, it’s always best to remove them between seasons and put them into storage to increase their longevity.