Have you ever driven past a home with the perfect outdoor light setup and wondered how to get your outdoor lighting to look just as amazing? Or seen images from botanical gardens that are just the most gorgeous setup you have ever seen? Chances are those places worked with a landscaper and exterior designer to get the lighting just right, but it is not impossible to have your lighting look just as good. Start by following three simple tips.

1. The Tone of the Lighting

For most outdoor lighting settings, you want to create an ambiance for a party or dining al fresco by using warm tones. This can highlight the colors of natural materials and make food more appetizing. Flood lights with cool tones that mimic daylight work as excellent security lights as well as making sure your home has enough lighting to prevent accidents.

2. The Size and Type of Lighting

The size of your lighting is very important when lighting your outdoor space, just as indoor lighting needs to fit, so does outdoor lighting. Be sure to measure your outdoor space so that the lighting you decide to go with is not comically oversized or too small to be effective.

You also need to be sure that the type of fixture works with your style and is properly weatherproofed. With the variety of styles and options available, it can be overwhelming to choose. You should keep in mind the types of bulbs like LED or halogen lighting that can affect your utility bill.

3. Spacing Your Lighting to Create Zones

Creating zones is a really great way to make sure that all your outdoor lighting needs are being met. You can use warm light for spaces where you want to encourage conversation and relaxation. Flood lights can be used to help deter crime, especially since a property crime happens every 4.1 seconds in the United States. Having bright, motion-activated lights by your doors and in the corner of your backyard can create a safety zone for your home as well.

Now you can confidently go to your local hardware store to pick up the right size and type of lighting to go with your plan. You know the temperature of the lighting you need to create the perfect ambiance for your outdoor lighting, and you have utilized spacing to create different zones.