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Lighting Your House for the Holidays

lighting-your-house-for-the-holidaysThe holidays are a time when family and friends gather at each other’s homes for nights of eating, drinking and being merry. While the festivities are, of course, of central importance, it is also an ideal time to show off your house to its best advantage.

Here are a few ideas on how to accomplish this task by simply using light:

Highlight a decorated entrance –  The first step in welcoming guests into your home is by creating an inviting entrance with wreaths, garlands and lighting the whole thing with colored bulbs. Not only does it make your house stand out from the others in the neighborhood but it also makes it a whole lot easier for your guests to find. A lighted snowman or other holiday figure by the door will also add to the festive mood.

Add plenty of holiday-themed lights – The more of these decorations, the merrier is our philosophy. For those homeowners who want to add tons of color to their exterior décor, there are any number of differently colored lights that can be used. Simply accentuate a part of the exterior landscape or even create a kaleidoscopic vision on the side of your house. your imagination is the only limit.

Line the walkways with lighted candles – Similarly, a candle-lit walkway also evokes the holiday spirit. In addition, a lighted walkway will safely guide family and guests to the front door of your home.  In the backyard, they are also important as guideposts for leading guests to other holiday decorations dotted around the yard. Use solar-powered walkway lights to make the task as easy. maintenance-free and affordable as possible.

Spotlighting those special decorations – While spotlighting is a great – albeit usually subdued – lighting feature to use during the rest of the year, you can really add a dramatic holiday touch to your home by adding a few more spotlights around the property that highlight your reindeer family on the front lawn, a creche under a secluded bush or some other holiday-themed feature.

Create other focal points – If you are fortunate enough to have a front light post, it makes an excellent place to add some spiral holiday lights. Not everything has to revolve around the holiday, however. Use holiday lights to create a focal point around an existing outdoor art piece, fire pit or other area of interest.  It is an invitation to visit that space for your guests and provides an outdoor meeting place during parties.

Keep the interior lighting subdued – After all the excitement outside, you may think that you should continue the radiant holiday theme into the interior. On the contrary, however, it pays to keep it subdued. In our opinion, your family and guests would rather concentrate on the food and conversation in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

As you can see, there is a multitude of options for lighting your home both inside and out. It takes some thought, time and effort but the results can be truly stunning.

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Accent Lighting

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Accent lighting is used to highlight a special area in a room. It may showcase a painting or other work of art. Accent lighting can be used anywhere you want to create a mood or feature a special architectural fixture. Outdoor lighting is also considered accent lighting when it is focused on your landscaping.

Types of accent lights

Accent lights include chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces, recessed, track and strip lights and even flood lights. Accent lights may be works of art that provide the focal point you need to energize a room.. This is often the case with contemporary chandeliers, pendant lights, wall-mounted lights and lamps. Accent and task lighting can come together when attractive pendant or globe lights and lamps are used to focus light on a work area such as a corner desk.

The types of lamps, chandeliers and other fixtures available for your home are limited only to the imagination of the artists who design them.  Chandeliers were traditionally used to focus lights on dining room tables and at entries. Today, fanciful chandeliers add artistic accents to any room.

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Recessed lights and can lights on tracks or stands can be arranged to focus on one area of a room. Accent lighting is often used to showcase a special architectural feature such as carved fireplace mantle. Light emitting diode (LED) lighting is used to highlight paintings, sculptures, tapestries and special furnishings since it will not fade pigments.

Accent lights can be used to highlight a bar area. Bookcases often have accent lighting.  Collectibles on shelves can be showcased with special lighting. Colorful accent lights illuminate fish tanks, terrariums or stained glass windows.

LED strips are popular accents used under cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms. Colorful LED strips can be used anywhere to decorate and illuminate areas any time of year. They are used extensively during the holiday season.

Mood lighting

Accent lights can create a mood. The focused lighting may be brighter than the ambient light to call attention to a section of a room. Wall sconces can cast a sparkle against a bare wall.

Use lighting to create shadows for a sense of mystery or drama. A floor lamp designed as a tree can add specs of light and shadow to a wall.

Soft accent lighting, including under cabinet strips, can create a mood in a bath area where subdued lights are relaxing. A special low light can be installed over a bathtub or shower area to provide softer illumination.

Many small accent lights are battery-powered LED that can be place on tables or in glass bowls. They are much safer than open-flame candles for romantic mood lighting. These small accent lights can also highlight flower arrangements and table decorations.

Accent LED lights are available in colors to create soft lighting for a corner of a room. LED modules can be hidden or placed on the floor to send up light to a small area.

Landscape lighting

Outdoor lighting is used for safety to illuminate pathways, doorways, railings and water elements including swimming pools. Outdoor lights will also illuminate a garden, patio, fountain, trees and shrubs.

Outdoor accent lighting brings your landscaping to life at night when it is focused on plantings or a water element. Special LED balls can float in your swimming pool reflecting different colors in the water.

Use accent lighting anywhere to add beauty to your home.

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