With spring in full swing, it’s time to head up north and open those cottages. Are you concerned about break-ins? Do you want to ensure your family and guests can safely navigate the yard or paths around the cottage? Are there features that require safety lighting? Maybe you’d just like to invest in an outdoor lighting upgrade. Our experts would love to help you find the best outdoor lighting solutions for your cottage, so we put together some points to think through so you have a better idea of what you need and want.
Less is Often More
As you think about and plan your outdoor lighting it may be easy to look around your home or other homes in your neighbourhood for ideas, but also remember that your cottage is a place where you go to get away from the city so it is probably better to keep your outdoor lighting to a minimum. In the city you set up outdoor lighting so that you can enjoy your landscaping and architectural features, but while you’re at the cottage you want to enjoy nature. It’s hard to see the stars when there are lights everywhere. Another consideration is the impact excessive lighting can have on wildlife unaccustomed to artificial lighting in their natural habitat. One more consideration – extra lighting means extra bugs.
Safety Is Vital
The are some areas where you want to make sure there is adequate lighting. These are areas where safety is a concern. Features such as steep paths, steps, docks, pools, and decks should have additional safety lighting to prevent falls and other injuries. Safety lighting not only keeps your friends and family from harm, it delivers better peace of mind for you. Consider installing lighting in outdoor workspaces that get used after dark – barbecues, outdoor bars, outdoor cleaning stations, etc. The most important consideration here is safety, but also keep in mind where the light is directed to keep neighbours happy.
Available Power and Alternative Options
Depending on the layout and the soil conditions of your cottage property, it may be impractical to run wiring to things like the dock or along steep pathways. For these areas consider using battery or solar powered lighting fixtures. While they may often be not as bright, they may be perfectly suited for this type of application. For other lighting consider using LED fixtures to save on energy. LEDs may have a higher initial cost, but they will typically require less energy and less maintenance over their lifetime, resulting in a net benefit.
Regardless of what lighting options you choose it is helpful to have them controlled by a timer. Timers can help to save energy and minimize the impacts of your lighting on the nature and wildlife around your cottage. Not only will your human and wildlife neighbours appreciate it, you’ll have better control over your hydro bills.
Our experts can help you develop the right plan for your cottage. Contact our team at Nite Time Décor Oakville to get started today!