Important of outdoor lighting
There are plenty of reasons why it is a good idea to add functional outdoor lighting to your home. In fact, even if you are opting for including landscape lighting in your outdoor design you will find there are benefits you hadn’t even thought of. Illumination was the obvious reason most people opt for outdoor lighting. Beside that, for safety and security factor, keep in mind that criminal is looking for place to burglarize or vandalize that is not going to be easy to be detected. Obviously a home lit up like a Christmas tree is not going to be the best candidate. So, all the building deserve to have a proper outdoor lighting.
How to choose a good outdoor lighting
Choosing the right outdoor and architectural lighting for your home can be a deceptively complicated process. It’s just lighting, right, how hard can it be? If you have ever tried to design your own concept, you know just how difficult a process it is if you want it done right. Here’s how to make sure you get it right the first time.
Step 1: fulfill some function. Generally, outdoor lighting should possess some function: safety and security (to prevent thief), decorative (to decorate building), and inform (act as sign for somebody to find at night).
Step 2: Choose the right lighting source. Factor to be consider are lumen, correlated color temperature (CCT), color rendering index (CRI).
Step 3: pick your fixture. Here are some common fixtures such as ceiling mount fixtures, wall-mounted fixtures, post-light fixture, landscape-light fixture and so on.
How outdoor lighting affect us
Research have state that outdoor light at night can negatively affect human health, increasing risks for obesity, depression, sleep disorders, diabetes, breast cancer and more. In the healthy aspect, a low quality or not suitable outdoor light can cause eye strain problem. Eye strain can cause a lot of health problem such as headaches, irritability, fatigue and an overall feeling of poor health. Beside that, outdoor lighting can impact visual comfort of a person. Glare from bad outdoor lighting is a safety hazard. Glare from poorly shielded outdoor lighting is also harmful to somebody, because it decreases vision by reducing contrast. This limits our ability to see potential dangers at night and at finally it will cause aging of eyes to be faster.