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Published: Friday, 8/19/2011

Outdoor Lighting Shines Bright this Summer

Creative outdoor lighting is being driven by the desire of homeowners to spend time outdoors. Creative outdoor lighting is being driven by the desire of homeowners to spend time outdoors.

(ARA) - Every year a wave of new products hits the shelves at lawn and garden stores, home improvement centers and online retailers. A major trend is innovative outdoor lighting. Driving this trend toward creative outdoor lighting is the desire of homeowners to spend time outdoors and extend their outdoor time into the comfortable summer evening hours.

The abundance of interesting products for patios, decks and gardens is a testament to just how important outdoor living areas have become. According to a survey by the American Institute of Architects on Home Design Trends, there is surge in interest in building outdoor patios, kitchens and decks, and outdoor lighting extends the use of these spaces.

"With every deck I build, I now factor in lighting solutions," says Bob Lehman, owner of Creative Deck Designs in Maryland.

Today's lighting comes in a variety of forms, including energy efficient illumination sources. "There are so many uses for lighting in an outdoor environment, both from a functional standpoint and a decorative one," says Jay Savignac, senior vice president for Aurora Deck Lighting, one of the nation's largest outdoor lighting manufacturers.

Building codes have also been an important driving force, as safety concerns have forced communities to require builders to add lights when outdoor stairs are involved. "Increasing the safety factor is definitely a reason for adding lights, and security has always been important. Today people want lighting that allows them to cook outside at night or entertain in a candle-lit sort of environment. Products on the market today make it possible to do both," Savignac says.

Ron and Nancy Snyder of Rootstown, Ohio, had a new deck added to their home and shopped extensively for outdoor lighting to compliment its design. They decided on simple lights that mounted on the posts on their deck.

"We are extremely pleased with these lights and have received many complements from our guests and friends. We especially like the way the glass defuses the light, and we are amazed at how well the lights weathered our vicious Northeast Ohio winter. They still look perfect in spite of record severe weather," Ron says.

"We've come a long way from the 'runway lights' that people would stick in their yards along the sidewalk. Today the quality of the lighting and the options that are available make it possible to completely customize the look of your home and create a fantastic ambiance that lights up the night," Savignac says. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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