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Bright ideas for outdoor lighting
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Memorial Day is around the corner, with summer hot on its heels–and that means it’s time to head outside to the deck, patio, or yard for parties, barbecues, and outdoor games.
As you prepare for a summer of backyard entertaining, the right outdoor lighting can provide a warm, intimate atmosphere — and the wrong choices can leave everyone squinting from the brightness or tripping because they can’t see.
“Outdoor lighting is an afterthought for most people,” says Lucy Dearborn, owner of Lucia Lighting & Design in Lynn. “But it really can make a dramatic difference in a yard.”
ENERGY STAR-certified LED exterior light fixtures make the most sense for outdoor areas because they are attractive, long lasting, and energy efficient. And because they are 90 percent more efficient than incandescent light bulbs, LED outdoor lighting fixtures save money. A single bulb can save as much as $100 in energy costs over its lifetime — that’s more than a few burgers worth.
And because LED outdoor lighting fixtures last 15 to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs, they can save you time and effort as well as money. “You can screw in an LED light and forget it,” says Joyce Gravel, store manager at Wolfers Lighting in Waltham. “That’s especially handy outdoors, because you don’t have to be getting the ladder out all the time to change bulbs.”
One last thing: Forget about LED outside light fixtures being too bright and harsh. Those days are long gone. You want warmth? No problem.

 

 

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