It’s that time of year again when the days get shorter and the nights get longer – also known as daylight savings time. Not only does the time change mess with our internal clocks, it affects our lighting too. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your outdoor space or stay safe – just make sure you have the right lighting solutions.
Enjoy your fall evenings
There’s something magical about fall nights that make you want to embrace the chill and head outside to enjoy stories around the soft light of the fire. Keep some warm faux fur blankets on hand to fight the cold and make sure you have enough sticks for impromptu s’mores parties. Before you know it, you’ll be heading outside more than you thought you would this time of year.
Ambiance and accent lighting can help create a great entertaining mood to your backyard as well. Add string lights across your dining or sitting area. LED rope lighting has a similar effect and use about 80% less energy than incandescent lights. Flame-less candles on tables can also add a nice subtle glow for cozy get-togethers around the table with hot chocolate or hot toddies.
Shed a light on your safety
This time of year usually means you’re getting home after the sun goes down and coming home to a darker entryway. Consider setting your lights on timers or installing motion-sensor lights to outsmart the dark (and any sneaky teenagers). Dusk-to-dawn lights are a great option if you’re looking for lights that change with the sun every day.
Or try solar path lights – they charge all day and guide your way all night. They’re great if you park in your driveway or for greeting nighttime visitors. And don’t forget about your porch light. You probably use it all year long, which means it might be time to check the bulb and update the style. Speaking of updating, switching out incandescent bulbs with CFLs can save you up to 20% on your energy bill.