Posted on June 18, 2013 by John Bruce
Outdoors at night – it is one of the most relaxing places to be. With the stars overhead, crickets chirping, and the occasional call of a night bird, you can unwind and leave the insanity of the day behind you. Because most of nature slows considerably at night, it is hard to remain uptight when you sit outside. So where do you do this? In a pergola or gazebo? Or perhaps by a trellis with vines or flowering plants climbing over it. If you are the owner such a relaxing space, the last thing you want is to be chased inside by darkness, and if this is happening to you, you are missing possibly the most relaxing time you can spend in that space. Even if you haven’t considered the possibility
Safely invite your guests in with outdoor lighting on your pergola
yet, outdoor lighting can extend the hours you can spend in this space. It can create a relaxing mood and make the area safer at night. Outdoor lighting can make this space your favorite place to unwind after dark.
A pergola, gazebo, or trellis is a beautiful addition itself, but outdoor lighting will really make the area welcoming and irresistible to you, you family, and your guests. Of course, our approach to lighting your property will be unique, based on how this area is designed, and there may be more options available to you than you think. Well-positioned, copper wall or deck lights can be used for overhead lighting, both illuminating the area and showcasing the woodwork of a trellis or gazebo as if it were part of a theater production. Copper up and down sconces can be mounted to the pillars of a pergola or gazebo, throwing light in both directions and filling the area with a warmth that invites you in. A trellis that is home to vines or flowers benefits from uplighting, since light rays will catch in the foliage producing dramatic, mysterious shadows.
With such a sanctuary as part of your backyard, you will want to make it a focal point. Once the structure itself is illuminated, we can use lighting to draw attention toward this area. Path lights
Trellises often define an area on your property. With outdoor lighting, they can also become a focal point at night
can illuminate your walkways and, in effect, point toward your gazebo, pergola, or trellis. Perhaps the addition of uplighting can highlight the trees arranged around this area. Our designers will be able to use such lighting strategically so that your guests’ eyes follow the lines that you want.
Nighttime outdoors is magical, relaxing, and healing, especially in the places that shelter yet get you closer to nature. Be sure that you make the most of this time. If you are ready to make your pergola, gazebo, or trellis looks its best and continue to be a refuge after dark, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today. We are ready to help you make this area of your property shine.
John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
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