The Ultimate Revelation On Custom Outdoor Lighting Revealed.
Why Does This Even Matter?
Whether you own a single-family home, townhouse or condominium, you have to give outdoor lighting the same consideration as your indoor lighting. After all, authentic, handmade, outdoor lighting has so many benefits.
- Provides increased safety after dark. In addition to making it easier to maneuver around the outside of your home, it helps to thwart crime.
- Enables safe navigation (seeing how to get from one location to another).
- Creates a warm, inviting welcome when family and guests enter your home.
- Highlights and adds style and drama to interesting landscape or architectural features.
- Helps create a comfortable and communal surrounding, such as a defined seating or entertainment area.
- Enables outdoor grilling at night—particularly useful during seasons when it gets darker earlier. ( A must!)
- Increases curb appeal—not only while you live in your home, but when you decide to sell. Depending on lighting quantity and selection you can add upwards of 10% to your overall home value when using genuine, handmade, solid steel, outdoor lighting. (Home cost = $400,000 x 10% = $40,000 – You just paid for all of your lighting and still have plenty of money left over!)
But there’s a catch.
These benefits aren’t givens just through the mere presence of outdoor lighting. To make the most of them, your outdoor lighting needs to be carefully considered and executed correctly to reap the highest rewards in looks and value.
What’s The Real Story?
The saying, “You Get What You Pay For” rings so true when it comes to lighting. There are many so called custom lighting manufactures that have only one thing in mind; Taking Your Money! They offer cheap, machine made fixtures that were never designed to withstand the harsh, long term conditions of the outdoors. Made from flimsy, thin aluminum and cheap plastics that will fail once exposed to the outdoor environments for any length of time. And, when you call to get a replacement fixture, you end up either paying a costly replacement fee, or buying a new fixture all together, only to repeat the process all over again.
That’s Not All
Despite Steel Partners Lighting Outfitters USA holding several U.S. patents on many of our lighting fixtures, several companies have taken our lighting designs, changed them just enough to avoid U.S. patent penalties, only to mass produce them using cheap, unreliable materials, package and sell them as so called “high quality” lighting. In fact, it’s the complete opposite.
The Best Part?
Steel Partners Lighting ONLY manufactures handmade, 100% solid steel light fixtures, some of which weigh upwards of 30 lbs for one outdoor, Dark Sky Approved, UL listed, Wet-Location Wall Sconce. Our lighting fixtures are designed to last for many years, not months.
If you want the exterior of your home to be the envy of the neighborhood, knowing it is surrounded by original, handmade, custom steel lighting, providing a safer, night time surrounding for your loved ones and knowing your outdoor lighting will withstand the harshest weather mother nature has to offer for years to come, then this article is for you.
Now, Let’s Show You How!
- Aim for a Balance of Security and Aesthetics
A good beginning is to simply walk around your home at night with a flashlight. Take note of dark areas that should be lit for safety and landscape, or garden areas that could be lit for additional interest or beauty. Just like indoor lighting, think about the types of light–ambient (general lighting), task (helps you perform specific tasks, such as preparing and cooking food), and accent (to highlight and add drama to architectural or landscape features and of course outdoor grilling).
Don’t forget specific areas that could benefit from lighting, such as the front door, a pool, steps, driveways, garage doors, pathways, decks or patios, address plates, landscaping, flagpoles and outdoor cooking areas. While you’re assessing where you need light, also assess lighting angles. Direct lighting isn’t always the best, as you don’t want it where it can glare in people’s eyes; you may find diffused or ambient light is the better route. Stay with Dark Sky Approved outdoor lighting and you will be fine.
- Decide What Fixtures Work Best for Your Outdoor Space
Steel Partners Lighting offers many styles of exterior lighting fixtures that can be used in a variety of ways. (roughly 350 choices, not including our custom lighting) In addition to the post mounts, pendant, ceiling fixture, wet location and wall sconces, other categories of our outdoor lighting are becoming more popular, such as wine bottle lights and custom made lighting.
Some other examples of our popular Dark Sky Approved lighting
- Figure Out Your Outdoor Lighting Style
Do you want your outdoor lights to mimic the style of your indoor lighting in order to connect the two? Do you have a completely different architectural home exterior and want to accentuate that instead? Or, do you want to take the minimalist approach, so the fixtures almost disappear? Our lighting styles, just like furniture and home accessories, are vast, like our San Carlos to Rouge River, Pasadena, Tahoe, Timber Ridge —and many more. One of the greatest benefits of our lighting, they are all handmade from 100% solid steel and powder coated to give you years of functionality and beauty. So, you will definitely find something to achieve your desired outdoor lighting style.
- Increase the Value of Your Home with a Well-Lit, Outdoor Room
The number of people who believe their outdoor space is an important extension of their home is growing. In fact, according to Realtor magazine, the creation of an outdoor room is one of the biggest trends in home ownership in 2018. No longer made up of only a picnic table and small grill, an outdoor room is now defined as a multi-functional space that can handle food prep and cooking, is large enough for lounging and dining, and has a hearth product to extend the season. Creating these areas and designing enhanced light schemes around them can greatly increase the value of your home and give your family years of pleasure to come.
When you’re ready to execute your outdoor lighting strategy, check out our selection of fixtures available from Steel Partners Lighting. Don’t see the style your looking for? Not a problem, 80% of our handmade fixtures are custom made. Tell us what you want, we give you the design, function and detail you want.
We Are Always Here To Help
Contact us and let us know how we can help you meet your lighting needs and wants. It’s what we’ve been doing for over 25 years. We are the original, handmade, custom steel lighting manufacture.