You have a beautiful garden, a perfectly-mowed lawn, and perfect décor on your patio; now what? If you haven't yet added lighting to your patio and backyard, now is the time. There are many options for lighting, from lanterns to spot lights. Before you start adding lighting, remember to keep your family's safety in mind. Contact an electrician if you have questions about the safety of any of these lighting options.
If you have a large backyard, you might not get much use out of small twinkle lights or lanterns. In this case, consider adding spot lights. Spot lights and floodlights will give a lot of light to different parts of your backyard. They are an excellent choice if you have a swimming pool, since the light reflects off the water to create a dazzling effect. You can also use them near outdoor features like fountains or waterfalls, as they allow you to see these features when enjoying a nice evening outdoors.
For a simple lighting option that doesn't require any electrical work, consider hanging lanterns in your yard. These can either be hung from trees, placed on stakes to go in the ground, or hung in your patio or sunroom area. Remember, if you hang lanterns from trees, blow out the candle or lantern before going to bed, as they can be a fire hazard. Many lanterns on stakes are actually solar-powered, so you don't have to worry about lighting them up, as they do it on their own when the sun goes down.
Another great option for your yard and patio is twinkle lights. These come on strings of lights and in many different shapes. You can use simple round or oval twinkle lights, or go for novelty shapes like butterflies, hearts or stars. There are smaller lights similar to what you put on your Christmas tree, or larger lights in various shapes and styles. The great thing about them is that they are easy to hang and can cover a good amount of area.
The only outdoor lighting option you should need an electrician for is a wall sconce or pendant light. These are powered by your home's electricity, so some wiring is needed. If you already have pendant lights, but want to change their style, you might be able to replace them on your own. However, hiring a professional electrician at Watjus Electric Inc is recommended for safety and quality purposes.