Outdoor Lighting Trends For 2016

With Canadians busier than ever, extending their living spaces outside has been popular and this trend will continue into 2016. Home owners are taking their indoor conveniences outside with new trends in furniture, cooking, and outdoor lighting. Here are some of the top trends expected for 2016 when it comes to outdoor lighting.

Home Automation
Home owners are increasingly interested in lighting technology they can control with remotes, tablets and smartphones. Whether you’re looking to bring an entire entertainment system outdoors complete with timed light show, turn on the lights in the hot tub, or dim the pathway lights from your outdoor lounger, there are plenty of remote and wireless options available.

Things like timers and motion sensors will continue to be popular for home security and for energy savings. Advanced technology have made these long-popular outdoor lighting options even more versatile.

LED Lights
LED lights will continue to be popular with their array of colours, versatility, and energy efficiency. LED lights can be dimmed, draw attention to deck railings (expected to be a popular trend this summer) and stairs adding atmosphere and safety, and come in a variety of price points.

A trend with growing popularity is using LED lights in darker colours to add atmosphere: i.e. make the cedar hedge appear green even at night. These subtle lighting options make invisible areas of your landscape stand out without making them a focal point. Look for LED lights in lamps, glowing orbs, cubes, and unique string lights.

LED lighting is expected to remain popular among rural and suburban home owners, while solar lighting options are a growing trend among urban home owners.

Accent Outdoor Features
As Canadians increasingly use their patios, decks, and balconies as a daily retreat during the week, the innovative use of outdoor lighting will continue to be popular. There’s been a move away from far-reaching flood lights to more inviting lighting options and that will become more popular than ever. Spotlights continue to be sought after by home owners in highlighting a feature wall, trees or shrubs.

Tread lights incorporated into outdoor bars, lights under seats and benches (and sitting walls), utilitarian but attractive path lights, pond and fountain lights, and other innovative uses are expected to appeal to home owners. Solar lights and lights equipped with photo sensors (automatically turn on after dark) are expected to remain popular with even more options becoming available.

Living walls and vertical gardens are growing in popularity, especially in urban areas, and many home owners are choosing to highlight these natural features even at night with a variety of outdoor lighting options whether you’re looking for a modern or rustic atmosphere.

Creating Outdoor Living Spaces
As home owners look to extend their living space to the outdoors, increasingly they are looking to blend their interior and exterior design so the transition appears seamless. Trend predictors expect a surge in popularity in lighting decks and patios, trees and shrubs (in plant beds to uplight your home), steps, fountains and pools.

Outdoor cooking, and experimenting beyond hot dogs and hamburgers, is going to continue in popularity. Experts are seeing a surge in popularity in fire pits, tiki torches, candles, fireplaces, and weather-proof lighting options to mimic any or all of these.

The expert Nite Time Décor lighting technicians know how to enhance any type of landscape feature from the pond or pool to the patio and all paths in between. Let us create a stunning look that will welcome you outside all summer long. Contact us today!

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