Landscape and outdoor lighting are a great way to help accent your home. However, if you are like many other homeowners, you may be unsure if you should install this type of lighting. While your spouse may be all for it, the other may not be as sure. They may imagine their house looking like a hotel on the Vegas strip – which isn’t something that’s very appealing to most. Or, they may have seen a house with outdated lighting that is a real eye sore.
There is good news. Modern lighting design offers homeowners improved curb appeal, all while avoiding issues related to excessive light pollution.
If you still wonder, just how bright is enough and how bright is too bright, then you are in the right place. Keep reading to learn more.
Determining Brightness Levels for Your Outdoor Lighting
There was a time when all outdoor lighting design consisted of was shining a few flood lights on property and lighting up the dark. However, thanks to innovative technology, modern designs are subtler, and they use a variety of lights and brightness levels to create the overall effect.
Measuring Brightness Levels
In today’s LED exterior lighting design, you will see that designers and experts in the field refer to lumens often, rather than wattage. The color temperature is measured in degrees K (Kelvin) and usually ranges from about 3000K (very warm/yellow in color) up to 6000K (a cooler, daylight feel).
Avoid Creating a Light Bomb
Have you ever heard of a light bomb? Maybe not, but you have likely experienced it. This is the effect you get when you step from a dark room to a space that’s brightly lit. The sudden, bright light is usually blinding. Choosing more subdued and even lighting is going to be the best way for you to avoid the light bomb effect.
Avoid Light Pollution
Light trespass and light pollution occur when the light goes where you don’t want it to. There are many outdoor lighting fixtures available today that are designed with built-in trespass and glare guards so that the light is only shining in the desired direction.
How Many Lumens?
When it comes to choosing lighting, all the factors here are important. However, there’s a general guideline you can use to know how many lumens should be used for certain parts of the property. These include:
- Motion sensor lights: 300 to 700 lumens
- Path lighting: 100 to 200 lumens
- Pond or pool lights: 200 to 400 lumens
- Step lights: 12 to 100 lumens
- Hardscape lights (on a wall): 50 to 185 lumens
- Floodlights: 700 to 1300 lumens
- Landscape: 50 to 300 lumens (50 is plenty for your small or garden shrubbery)
If you have more questions or just want help choosing the right landscape lighting for your home or property, reach out to the pros. Our team at The IDL Company are able to provide you with the help you need, along with advice and guidance for any outdoor lighting project you take on.