There’s nothing like enjoying a nice glass of wine, soaking up those last few rays of sun while barbecuing in the backyard with friends and family. It’s days like this that we wish would never end, but are inevitably forced inside once the sun sets, as it’s difficult to see everyone in the dimming light.
Well, those nights don’t need to end so early! In fact, you can enjoy that beautiful Canadian summer weather (that is – hopefully – one its way soon!) well into the wee hours of the morning with the same feeling that comes with sipping a beer on an ambient patio at your favourite restaurant. Thanks to the amazing variety of options available for creative outdoor lighting, your home can become the go-to spot for summertime hangouts with friends.
The options are vast, and cater to all budgets and styles. And the benefits are undeniable. We found a great article by the landscape company Red Beacon, and agree completely with their list of benefits. Below are our thoughts on their list, and some beautiful ideas we’ve found!
First and foremost, safety is the most practical and most important benefit of installing outdoor lighting. Nothing is worse than seeing a friend injured after stumbling through the darkness on their way to the washroom, and this is a common hazard of hosting outdoor get togethers sans lighting. Installing pathway lights illuminates the way to the house, as does lighting bordering the edge of a property along a forest, river or lake. Highlighting pathways and seating areas – specifically those around bodies of water, such as pools or alongside a lake – are key to avoiding an unplanned swim.
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Installing lighting – whether motion detection or constant – is an excellent way to increase safety around your home. By illuminating the outside of the house, and the surrounding landscaping and pathways, you deter criminals from break-ins, as they don’t have shadows to hide in as they enter. Motion detection fixtures can also scare would-be criminals away from the property, as it enforces the idea that someone may be home and they are now in full view.
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Highlighting your home and landscaping is a great way to beautify the outside of your home, giving it gorgeous curb appeal at all hours of the day. Outdoor lighting gives a luxe look to homes, appearing warm and welcoming. For those looking to sell, outdoor home and landscape lighting is both a selling feature, and a way to highlight the beauty of your home for those looking at the property after the sun sets.
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COMFORT & AMBIANCE
Illuminating outdoor spaces with creative lighting design brings the living space outdoors, extending the use of your property and enabling you to use outdoor spaces after dark for enjoying time with family or entertaining friends. Whether it’s for a nighttime swim, a late night snack on the BBQ or a few drinks on the patio, outdoor lighting gives spaces a sense of warm, safety and ambiance similar to that of a restaurant patio or poolside at a resort. Try highlighting greenery around the property, or installing glowing underwater fixtures that give the pool a welcoming, luxurious feel.
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Lighting is a great way to add a decorative element to your home, whether it’s for the holidays or a permanent installation. Elegant string lighting is a great way to add a European cafe feel, giving a warm glow to a patio area. Coloured LED lighting can customize your property with an endless amount of colour combinations, available to change at the click of a button on a wall panel. Christmas lights have never been so easy! Changing the look of your home for each holiday or celebration, coloured LEDs are our favourite way to bring your home to light.
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A MARZ Inc. permanent installation at Chalet Studios allows the homeowners to transform their home and landscaping to suit the seasons.
A MARZ Inc. permanent installation at Chalet Studios. Homeowners chose a beautiful fall palette as the summer began to cool down.
A MARZ Inc. permanent installation at Chalet Studios. The homeowners celebrated St Patrick’s Day with vibrant green lighting!
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