Light Your Landscape With Style

R. L. Rhodes
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Never underestimate the power of well-planned lighting. The effect on the exterior of your home can be dramatic. With a little help from the tips below, your outdoor lighting can not only make your home more welcoming and secure, but also reflect a contemporary sensibility.

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When it comes to using outdoor lighting for security, you don’t have to resort to police-grade spotlights. The soft glow of fixtures that radiate light (rather than project it) can illuminate your landscape without disturbing the neighbors.

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By replacing or upgrading your outdoor fixtures from incandescent to LED bulbs, you can light your landscape more efficiently and reduce the amount of maintenance required to keep it lit longer. Additionally, look for solar powered fixtures to lower your energy costs and spare the environment.

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Outdoor lighting need not be strictly utilitarian. Manufacturers have grown clever about offering their fixtures in an array of finishes and styles. Use the newest outdoor styles, like decorative lanterns, to tailor your lighting to the decor of your house. Rope lights allow you to line hard surfaces with dimmable, energy efficient light. Choose the outdoor fixtures that match your sensibility—or make your own, like this creative planter lantern we made.

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