There are three key things to consider when making the decision about which outside lights to buy for your home or business: function, style and budget. First and foremost is function. Outside lighting can serve many functions including increased safety, added home value, decoration, or even to highlight certain exterior features of your home or landscape. Spend some time thinking about why you are adding outdoor lighting. You may need to provide light for access or security reasons. Perhaps your outside lights are more for decoration. It is also important to identify any expectations you have, if any, for how the addition of exterior lighting will contribute to your home or business. If you expect that outside lighting will add to the value of your home or business upon resale then it would be wise to research popular trends or consult a real estate agent who is more familiar with value added additions for home and business. This will begin to help you decide which outside lights to buy.
Second is style of lighting. Think about the current exterior of your home and landscape in order to decide what style of lighting will best fit in a complimentary way with the rest of your home. Outside lighting comes in a variety of styles, including Asian, modern/contemporary, art deco, rustic, traditional, nautical and even tropical. They style of the outside lighting you buy should serve to enhance the exterior of your home or business. Once you decide the style of lighting that suits your existing exterior, you will need to determine what type of lighting you prefer. Keep in mind that most styles of outside lighting you can buy are available in both mains and solar power options, and come in the following different types:
· Ceiling lights (close to ceiling, flush or chandelier)
· Outdoor Post lights (post mount or lanterns)
· Hanging solar lights (lanterns or pendants)
· Wall lights (wall sconces, security lights, motion sensors)
· Landscape lighting (accent lights, directional landscape lights, path solar lights and deck lights)
Once you’ve made some decisions about function and style of your solar lights, the third key thing to consider is budget. If you take time to clearly identify the amount of funds you have available to spend on outside lighting it may help you to make a decision between two potential styles or types of lighting as only one preference may be within your budget. For example the style you choose may be less generally less expensive than others which would mean you could afford to spend more to get the type of lighting you prefer. Generally lantern type solar lighting tends to be more expensive than other types. If you fall in love with a more expensive style of lighting, you may need to settle for a less expensive type or delay your purchase while you save the additional amount needed. If you are at all concerned about added value for resale it is wise to consult an expert in order to be sure your investment will pay off upon resale. So remember to keep style, function and budget preferences in mind when deciding which outside lights to buy.