Lighting Idea Book - Outdoor Lighting
People are paying more and more attention to outdoor lighting, especially as the concept of "outdoor rooms" becomes more popular. Outdoor lighting should highlight the plantings, sculpture and out-buildings, not the lighting itself. Another important function of outdoor lighting is actually experienced indoors, looking out. A well designed outdoor lighting scheme brings the outdoors inside, filling up the room and removing the "black mirror" effect of windows at night. Decorative exterior luminaires such as lanterns can't do the job of outdoor lighting by themselves and can easily overpower the facade of the house and the yard area if they are the only source of illumination. A fully balanced outdoor lighting design includes many types of fixtures and light sources to create drama, improve safety and wayfinding, and to complement indoor lighting. .