It can sound intimidating to replace a light fixture. For some people any home improvement calls for a professional. It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, lighting changes are one of the easiest projects you can do to spruce up your home. You will only need to call in professional help if you find that the wiring is old or cracked.
When you remove the old light fixture, you should see just a few wires and the casing on the outside should be firm and glossy. If you have any concerns about what you are seeing, call in an electrician. It is always better to be on the safe side with any home improvement, but particularly with wiring.
Outdoor lighting fixtures are often a neglected part of home improvement. People don’t even notice outdoor lighting, much less consider changing it. That can make it an easy project that will give a huge boost to your home’s curb appeal or to your backyard ambiance. It could be that the lights on the outside of your home are still the original models from when the house was built. They are way overdue for replacement.
There are really three styles of outdoor lighting. There are outdoor sconces, outdoor lanterns and lamp posts. The outdoor sconce is my favorite because of the sheer variety within the group. It is a simple style, certainly, but the variances in shades and colors make it possible to find a sconce to fit almost any home exterior.
The lantern style is also popular, particularly with more rustic styles of homes. They add a nice touch. Lamp posts have gone a bit out of vogue these days. They are still useful for large rural houses where you need extra light father away from the house.
Whatever fixtures you pick to grace the outside of your home, make sure you follow the smart rules of lighting design. Consider the height of the fixtures; consider the width of the fixtures and the strength of the bulbs used. Especially with outdoor lighting, you need to be mindful that you don’t create pockets of shadows with an improperly placed fixture!