Thursday, October 27, 2016

Outdoor Lighting That Holds Up in Coastal Climates

Patio light fixture from Kichler

Make the Most of Island Living- with Great Outdoor Lighting

Beautiful outdoor lighting will add curb appeal to your home, increase the safety and functionality of your outdoor spaces and enhance the value of your property. By following a few simple steps, you can create an outdoor haven to be enjoyed after dusk.

Wave Lighting flood lamps

Start with a Plan

Define your objectives for your outdoor lighting. For safety purposes, good outdoor lighting eliminates trip hazards on walkways and stairs. Security lights discourage intruders. Task lighting increases the functionality of outdoor living spaces such as decks, patios and grills after daylight hours. Well-placed landscape lighting provides hospitality to visitors and highlights the beauty of your property.
Progress pathway lighting

Develop a lighting plan by sketching out a simple diagram of your outdoor space. Include any structures, fences, walls, walkways, driveway, garden areas, large trees, etc. Consider lighting for focal points, entryways, walkways, and outdoor living spaces. The best plans include a variety of lighting techniques.

Silhouette effect created by Progress

Decide what types of lighting will be required for each area- for example, you may want to brighten a pathway with low lighting, or create drama by directing light up into a tree.

A good way to determine placement is to use a flashlight after sunset to illuminate each location. Be careful not to over-light. A common mistake is to place too many fixtures in one area, creating overly bright areas, glare, or a "runway" look on pathways. Remember that with outdoor lighting, less is often more.

Wave Lighting is 
 Oceanside Approved
Install Fixtures that Last

Choose the right fixtures to create the desired effect. There are many types of outdoor fixtures available, including floods, directional spots, deck and patio lights, path lights, in-ground lights, hanging lights, lamp posts, and more. Purchase the best quality your budget will allow, and take into consideration environmental factors such as proximity to salt water and harsh weather conditions. We recommend Wave Lighting for our customers who live in coastal climates.

Most outdoor lighting won't hold up when exposed to sea air and salt. Charlie Erkens from Global Sales explains why Wave Lighting is ideal for coastal climates.

The Right Materials for Your Lighting Plan

While low voltage lighting can be installed by do-it-yourselfers, 120-volt lighting may be better handles with the expertise of a licensed electrician to install the wiring and electrical components. Whether you plan to install your outdoor lighting yourself, or hire the services of an electrical contractor or lighting consultant, you can find everything you need for your outdoor lighting project at Global Sales. In addition to a full range of electrical supplies for both residential and commercial applications, we represent several manufacturers of outdoor lighting fixtures including Kichler, Progress and Wave Lighting.

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for All Your Lighting and Electrical Needs

Global Sales offers a full line of competitively priced electrical supplies for both residential and commercial applications:

  • Breakers, distribution & load centers
  • Dimmers & switches
  • Electrical boxes, conduit & fittings
  • Electrical cords, cord management
  • Outlets & plugs
  • Wall plates & accessories
  • Wire & cable
  • And more.....
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At Global Sales, we have the expertise and the resources to help you choose the best lighting and electrical supplies for your project. Contact us, and let us know how Global Sales can help.

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