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Exterior lighting is designed not only to enhance the visual appeal of the exterior of your home but also to help you make the most of your outdoor spaces. And if there’s ever been a time to try to get out and enjoy outdoor living spaces illuminated with contemporary lighting fixtures, this is definitely it.

Staying home is one of the best things you can do to stay safe and to do your part to help “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. But staying home doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up inside. Whether you have a small balcony or a sprawling backyard, designer exterior lighting can help you get out and enjoy it. 

Landscape and Exterior Lighting

If you are thinking about lighting up and enjoying your outdoor areas, the design pros at HGTV recommend that you start off by defining what you want your new exterior landscape lighting to do. “Before you invest in any landscape lighting, ask yourself what your purposes are for wanting illumination in your backyard,” they say.  

It’s not just a question of lighting up the night and finding a little space to stretch. You can accomplish a lot of things with exterior and landscape lighting. If you have kids, you might want to light up a section of your lawn for their use as a playing ground. If it’s just the two of you, you can use exterior lighting to inspire romance or to create a little welcome breathing room after all your together time. 

Exterior lighting is also a great way to enhance home security and safety. Designer exterior lighting on your front porch or by the back door will do a lot to keep crooks at bay, while strategically placed flood lights or pathway lighting can illuminate uneven walkways or steps that might trip someone up.  

All of us at Sculpta Designer Lighting wish you and your family all the very best during these difficult days. If our contemporary lighting fixtures can help make things easier for you, please contact us.

Once you have your lighting design set up appropriately for reading, ideally with designer home lighting positioned behind your favorite chair, it’s time to kick off your shoes and curl up with a good book.   

If you’re looking for something to read, we thought we’d share some suggestions. The following books may not be about the adventures of a lighting designer or revolve around contemporary light fixtures, but they do all have “light” in the title. And we hope that might brighten your day. 

Dying of the Light A Novel

1 – Dying of the Light: A Novel

by George R. R. Martin

If the author’s name sounds familiar, it could be because Martin wrote the Game of Thrones books that the wildly popular TV series was based on. This book is something entirely different. It’s billed as an “unforgettable space opera” that presents a chilling vision of eternal night. It’s set in a volatile world where cultures clash, codes of honor do not exist, and the hunter and the hunted are often interchangeable. (And, we might add, a world that sounds in desperate need of contemporary lighting fixtures and maybe even some designer exterior lighting, for good measure.)

Light a Penny Candle

2 – Light a Penny Candle

By Maeve Binchy

Irish novelist Maeve Binchy developed quite a following. She wrote 17 novels as well as a couple of short-story collections. This book was her first published novel. It is a coming of age tale and a story about the bonds of friendship set during the years of World War II, when young Elizabeth White is sent to a small Irish town to escape the chaos and danger of London. It is there, in the crowded, chaotic O’Connor household, that she meets Aisling—a girl who soon becomes her best friend. Aisling is bold, where Elizabeth is proper – at least initially. Through the years, the two friends come to believe they can overcome any conflict, conquer any hardship—as long as they have each other. That belief will be tested before the book is over! 

The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

3 – The Light Between Oceans: A Novel 

by M.L. Stedman

This one was made into a movie, but you know what they say… the book is always better. And before it was filmed, this particular book spent weeks and weeks on the best-sellers’ list. It’s an historical novel set in Australia, where Tom Sherbourne returns after four years fighting on the Western Front to take up a job as a lighthouse keeper. He and his wife have about given up on having a child when a boat carrying a dead man and a living baby washes up on the remote island where the lighthouse sits.

 

If you’re still looking for a happy end to your interior lighting design challenges, we hope you will consider contemporary lighting solutions from Sculpt Designer Lighting