By Kathleen. Outdoors. Published at Wednesday, December 06th, 2017 - 06:50:49 AM.
Its about that time again. The beauty of the sunset has passed you by, the natural lighting is nearly behind the horizon, and you and your guests are not ready to stop the party. And (alas!) your township does not permit bonfires in your neighborhood. So, how will you keep the fun going after the sun goes down?
The first thing you need to consider when developing an outdoor lighting scheme is safety. The pathways and the doorways need to be properly illuminated in order to prevent any unexpected stumbles. Properly lit entrance ways including any back alleys that might border your property also increase your level of personal safety. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 60-80 watts of light at every outside door, set of outside steps, or any other place that you might want to go to at night ie alleys or garbage bin areas.
Safety is a big concern for these lights. Zone lighting is another popular lighting form. This is where you will have various zones lit up around your home for such things as pools, gardens, flowers, plants, and other accentuated pieces.
Certainly, commercial solar lighting will one day be the norm. Already more demand is bringing down the price. Experimentation, funded by public and private grants, is helping make solar energy more viable in all aspects of life. Hopefully, this will happen much faster when the Consortium for Solar Lighting creates industry standards that we can all live by.
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