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Outdoor Lighting Solutions

As the days get shorter exterior lighting is key to your curb appeal. Contractor Frank Dileo gives us his tips on how to install exterior lighting for your home.

Frank points out that different types of light emit different colors of light.

Match, Candle Flame/"Fire": 1700-1850 Kelvins
This light falls in the orange section of the spectrum.

Incandescent Bulb: 2700-3300 Kelvins
This light falls in the light orange section of the spectrum.

Tubular Fluorescent Lamp: 5000 Kelvins
This light falls in the light blue section of the spectrum.

Daylight: 6500 Kelvins
This light falls in the BLUE section of the spectrum.

Tips to Remember when Choosing Your Light Source

  • The type of light most appealing to the eye is warm light. That's why incandescents are very popular: they look good!
  • Incandescents are not energy efficient, so Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diode Lamps (LEDs) are slowly replacing incandescents in the market.
  • CFLs and LEDs have the reputation of casting cooler light, and as a result are sometimes deemed undesirable. But...
  • CFLs and LEDs are also available in various colour temperatures. They also offer the same colour temperature as incandescents but with a fraction of the energy consumption - they last longer and save you money.
  • Warm light casting CFLs - the key is to look for the words :Soft White, Warm Soft
  • Cool light casting CFLs - the key is to look for the words: Daylight or True Color
  • LEDs -- look for the word warm for the most "orange" or close to tungsten light, BRIGHT usually means a cooler, bluer light
  • Warmer doesn't necessarily mean better for exterior lighting - consider the architecture of your home. If a home is more modern with cool brick colours like grey and black, you should try a cooler light.
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