gazebo decor is complete without this outdoor decorative lighting.
And you have tons of options -- everything from candles and
natural cane lanterns to mimosa colored outdoor string lighting and
stripped outdoor party lighting.
Thread raffia through
lantern handles and tie them to tree branches. Use string lights to
define a pergola, arbor or gazebo posts. Wind them through your
favorite potted plants. And let them hang from your gazebo roof or
on shepherds hooks.
These outdoor patio accessories aren't
just versatile, high style, low tech, festive and fun. They're also
cheap outdoor decor.
And rumor has it: cheap is the new black.
So, have a look at these fabulous gazebo lighting patio ideas. They'll help you get the most out of your outdoor decor budget.
Outdoor lighting gives you
security and function. It adds to the overall visual impact and sets
the mood like magic!
They simply are a must-have
So get ready to make your light
dreams come true with this 11-part
article that explores your
gazebo lighting and fixture options.
inspired with lighting ideas and crafty make-it-yourself gazebo
Get prepared with information on
lighting techniques, types of lights, lighting
placement, and installation tips.
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is so much more than a structure in your garden. It's a vacation
destination -- especially in summer when the days are long and the
nights are warm.
How do you use your gazebo? Relaxing
after work, playing catch-up with family, wining and dining friends?
most of your gazebo lifestyle. Choose gazebo lights that
enhance all of your outdoor activities.
Gazebo lights should serve several needs.
for safety lets you to walk around after dark without tripping
over that fabulous chair with the overstuffed pillows.
that the burgers on the grill are ready with task lighting.
lighting breaks up the inky blackness in the distance.
lighting helps you with safety, task, and security lighting!
by dividing gazebo lights into 3 purposes:
General Gazebo Lights
lighting is your responsible, low-voltage gazebo lights option.
paths and stairs are both high traffic areas.
speaking, use low-voltage, general-purpose gazebo lights to
highlight your gazebo pathways.
lights are safe, inexpensive, easy to install, and consume
less energy, so you can count on saving money.
low-voltage light manufacturers comply with government guidelines
ensuring these fixtures don't contribute to "dark sky" pollution.
lights are so safe and easy to install, you'll save tons of money
and have lots of fun by using do-it-yourself lighting kits.
quality hardware and inferior installation makes for a gazebo
your yard shine with high quality fixtures and careful installation!
Your low-voltage system will look fabulous, perform reliably, and be
easy to change if your needs change.
lights use transformers to reduce the 120 volts normally
found in wall outlets to a safer 12 volts. Hence the
term low-voltage! How easy is that?
only 12 volts, the cables can be covered with just a few inches
of soil, mulch, or ground cover instead of being buried way
underground. That's why they're so easy to move
there is a possibility of an edger or lawn mower damaging the cables,
just bury them about 6 inches deep. They'll still be easy to
plug a power strip into a wall socket and have any number of things
plugged into the power strip.
circuits are different.
power-reducing transformer restricts the electrical output. So
you can't power lots and lots of lights with only one
100 feet between a fixture and a transformer creates line loss.
That's a reduction in power caused by resistance in the wire.
And line loss limits the amount of power that can reach a distant
fixture. Which in turn causes that fixture to cast a dim
this power limitation is uber easy!
Just use a
quality transformer that outputs a little more than 12 volts --
like one that outputs 13, 14, or 15 volts.
the entire circuit gets just above 12 volts. And by the time
the power reaches the farthest gazebo lights fixture, there's still
more than 11 volts in the line to power it.
task lighting for close work like at the wet bar, reading, crafting,
or making snacks.
table lamps in your gazebo to read by, work on craft projects or
crossword puzzles, and to play board games while listening to music
late into the night.
recessed fixtures that use compact halogen bulbs for cook station
lights won't give you good overall illumination -- but that's okay.
exchange, you get versatility, drama and ambiance!
flooding your outdoor space with simulated sunlight,
accent lights integrate easily with posts, railings, stair risers,
and other gazebo elements to create a magical after dark atmosphere.
mood for conversation and alfresco dining with candles and soft
accent lighting fixtures in the foliage, and get your up lighting and
back lighting noticed.
advantage of the sheer variety of accent lights available, and
you'll create a night scape that illuminates
edges, highlights areas and elevations, and defines
pathways and destinations.
lights are a good example of an accent light. They're also the
easiest to conceal during daylight hours. And they're perfect
for accenting gazebo stairs without looking overdone.
either LED or incandescent bulbs. And both bulb types will give you
a different effect.
recessed accent lights have round backs regardless of how the
fixture looks from the viewing side. That's because the
cutout is made with a round drill bit. And a round back fixture
fits neatly in the round cutout.
fixtures with rectangular or square backs are more difficult to make
and to conceal. You need a reciprocating saw or jigsaw to
make the hole. And the smallest imperfection in the cutout
could make your installation look crooked.
stairs is one way recessed accents lights are used. But
lighting stairs is tricky business so be very careful. Poorly
lit stairs can be more dangerous than stairs with no lighting at
Tip...Light colored stairs or stairs with
risers and treads with contrasting colors don't need as much
light as dark stairs. And if you install fixtures on both
sides of the staircase, make sure the light beams overlap --
light can blind someone trying to climb the gazebo stairs. And too
little light or light misdirected can create shadows causing unsure
distracted by the light when going up the stairs by choosing shaded
or louvered fixtures. These fixtures direct the light
down instead of straight out.
And if you
mount a fixture on stair stringers or near the bottom
of railings, think about the position of the light in relation
to the stair treads. If you have enough space, position the fixture
higher. It will cast light over a wider area.
and skip the power bills too with solar lighting!
lighting option is not only economical, it's also a good alternative
if your gazebo isn't near a power source.
lighting cells charge a battery during the day when the sun's
shining. The lights turn on automatically using the stored power
when it gets dark.
You can get
about 8-10 hours of night light if your solar gazebo lights get a
good amount of direct sunlight during the day.
Get The Gazebo
Lights Fixture That's Right For
lighting fixtures that coordinate with your house or gazebo's style.
traditional looks with brass, copper and wrought iron.
with stainless steal, nickel and chrome.
antique finishes are the most popular, but polished finishes are
just as easy to find.
durable fixtures are marine-grade alloy aluminum, die-cast brass,
and solid copper.
standard applications use cast-aluminum.
are safety ratings for electrical devices.
Location" UL rated fixtures can be used safely in high humidity
areas. Don't let these fixtures come into direct contact with rain.
that have a "Wet Location" UL rating can be operated safely in the
rain. But these can't be submerged in water.
Incandescent, LED, or CFL gazebo lights?
Incandescent bulbs and LED's dominate the world of
exterior accent lighting.
Incandescent is economical, the technology is
established, and they are available in any shape, size or
wattage. They cast a soft and warm light. But their lifespan is
relatively short -- relatively.
the longest. But they cost more, too. We're paying for the housing
and the circuitry -- not just the bulb. But LED's don't just
all of a sudden burn out. They fade out over time.
Using Energy-efficient, Compact Fluorescent Lights
(CFL's) makes good sense. They're cheaper to run and they last
longer than incandescent. And CFL's with a porcelain base make
quick work of replacing bulbs.
your gazebo lights to solar timers. They'll automatically turn on
the lights as day turns to night.
gazebos that have columns supported on a good size pedestal base if
you want conveniently located outdoor light switches and electrical
light switch in the house that controls your outdoor lighting
without you actually having to go outdoors.
outdoor room like a pro by creating patches of light and shadow
instead of overall illumination.
maximum visual impact by playing mix and match with fixtures that
produce different light intensities, patterns and angles.
shadow and light by highlighting the shapes of your gazebo, trees,
and bushes with up lighting and back lighting.
and narrow casting spotlights to call attention to your water
feature or your favorite garden ornaments like a bird bath or garden fountain.
because lights are practical, doesn't mean they can't be beautiful,
colored paper lanterns with graphic prints are fabulous in a gazebo.
These lanterns are either battery-powered or the come with wire
kits. And they look great -- lit or not.
your gazebo's roof, floor and eaves with stay-cool, long lasting,
flexible LED strand lights.
Moravian stars from your gazebos ceiling to create your own
oriental candle lanterns from the roof stiles.
special mood with candles and oil lamps -- but be careful!
water feature sparkle! Train lights on it from the pond's edge.
Quick, Crafty MIY
Gazebo Lighting Projects
Re-purpose canning or juice
jars. Fill them half way up with tumbled glass pieces and tuck
a tea light in the center. Use these to cast light on your
gazebo dinner table, or as fun pathway lighting.
Use flowerpots as gazebo
lighting. Find small pots in fun shapes. Secure a light inside
the pot, and route the wiring through the drain hole in the
Make custom shades for
inexpensive outdoor fixtures. Get galvanized roof flashing
from your local home center and cut it to size with tin snips.
Leave enough flashing to cover the fixture and to also wrap
1/2 inch around back on each side. On poster board, draw a
pretty pattern with a dotted line. Cover the flashing with
your pattern. Use scissors, a screwdriver, or a woodworking
awl to punch your pattern through the poster board and the
flashing. Secure the flashing to the fixture.
Put natural soy candles and
play sand in the bottom of hurricane jars, vases or candle
keepers. Use them to define the garden path, or as a table
Go for chic gazebo lights and set
colorful tea lights in lots of Oriental dipping saucers. Then
arrange them on a lacquered sushi serving tray.
need jewelry, too. Dress low hanging branches with lots of colored
glass votive holders. Hang them in your trees with hardly-visible
fishing line and watch them twinkle like stars.
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