Summer’s here and that means enjoying the outdoors, inviting friends over for summer parties and barbecues, and trying to stay cool as the temperatures climb. With all that in mind, it’s the ideal season to switch up your lighting – and Bellacor’s Hot Summer Savings Sale makes it easier to do it. Enjoy 15 percent off lighting fixtures that will make your home as ready for summer as you are.
Here are three lighting options that are sure to make summer living even easier:
Fan fixtures: When it’s hot outside, one of two things will happen inside your home. It will either get hot right along with the outdoor temps, or your energy bills will go through the roof, thanks to cooling costs. Save yourself the sweltering and the hit to your wallet by adding lighting fixtures equipped with fans. They’ll help cool your space without the costly energy expenditures of air conditioning – plus, they can add some breezy summer style.
Landscape lighting: As your gardens start to bloom, show off all the work your green thumbs have done. Carefully arranged landscape lighting will show off your finest plants and flowers, and can also help guide guests safely along outdoor pathways.
Outdoor room lighting: Setting the scene is the most important part of summer entertaining. Get in on one of the hottest outdoor design trends – outdoor rooms – by adding decorative lighting and comfortable, chic (and weather-resistant) furniture. Lighting options can range from post lights to sconces, or, in enclosed spaces like a screened-in patio, even chandeliers.
With 15% savings on lighting across the Bellacor website, it’s even easier to make this summer a stylish one.
You can keep your home safe while enhancing your landscape’s beauty – just improve your outdoor lighting. It expands your outdoor entertaining opportunities, provides better sidewalk illumination for guests, adds a bit of romance to your porch and makes your yard interesting in the evening.
Front entrance. A well-lit stoop allows you to identify visitors, and gives guests a warm welcome. Choose wall lanterns on either side of the front door that match your home’s look, whether it’s traditional or modern.
Garage exterior. Match the wall lanterns on your home’s entrance to ones on either side of your garage door. If part of your house would still be in shadow, illuminate with a spotlight above the garage door. Consider installing a motion sensor on these fixtures, or a photocell that turns the lights on at dusk and off at dawn. This will conserve energy. Be a considerate neighbor – make sure your lights don’t shine directly into your neighbors’ windows.
Steps and pathways. Path lights or post lanterns will not only add beauty to your home’s exterior, they will also add safety for visitors. Low-level path lights, which spread circular patterns of light, will not only show the way to your front entrance, but can also highlight nearby flower beds, shrubs and ground cover. They can also help define the boundaries of long driveways.
Decks, porches and patios. Convert these into romantic retreats with low-voltage lighting. You’ll also be creating outdoor “rooms,” extending your entertaining spaces. Plus, chasing away shadows from these areas adds to your safety. Grills and serving areas, of course, need brighter task lighting, which could be provided by wall-mounted or free-standing lamps.
For all this lighting, experts suggest you buy the best-quality and well-constructed fixtures you can afford. They will last longer and be better values in the long run.