Lighting is important to have for your patio. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to use your patio at night to your best advantage. Lighting that is waterproof may be the best way to go, as if it ever rains you won’t have to go out and remove it. Here is a list of options that you can think about when looking to buy some lighting for your patio.
1. Fiber optic lighting - Fiber optic lights only use one power source. Because there is no electricity or heat conducted from LED lighting, the cables and light are safe to use for any weather conditions. Installing fiber optic lights can also be a fun DIY project. It can cost a little over $300 to install this lighting yourself.
2. Low voltage LED light fixtures - This lighting option runs on a 12-volt current instead of the normal 120-volt household current. This can make installation DIY friendly and will cost about $600 for eight fixtures and a 12-volt transformer. You can put these fixtures on the posts of your patio, which will offer your patio ambient lighting and will help you know where the railings are for added safety.
3. Moveable lighting - An oversized waterproof floor lamp can provide enough light for your whole patio. A plastic shade, galvanized steel frame, and aluminum base makes this lamp waterproof. Six lead weights make this lamp sturdy so if ever caught in the wind, it won’t go anywhere. This lamp does need to be plugged in, so you’ll need a waterproof outdoor outlet. It could cost you up to $14,000 to have someone install the waterproof outdoor outlet and for the lamp, but it will light up your entire patio.
4. String lights - This option offers style and flexibility. They can go in any location and there’s no need to conceal the wiring. On top of that, they come in different shapes and sizes so that you can find the perfect lighting that fits the theme of your patio. A 14-foot long string of these lights costs about $20, so it’s a relatively cheap option.
5. Combination light and ceiling fan - The ceiling fan can offer you a cool breeze on a hot day and the lighting can light up the entire area. This is also a great option as the ceiling fan and lighting can go along with any theme. This option can cost you around $300.
6. Motion-activated lighting - This is a great option if you have any stairs leading to your patio. These lights are battery operated and are very easy to install, using either screws or double sided tape. A bright LED light can detect movement from eight feet away and will stay on for about 30 seconds. The battery life for this lighting option is about a year. Motion-activated lighting costs about $40 for a set of three lights.
It’s important that when lighting your patio you know whether or not the lighting is safe for any weather. Safety is the number one consideration when you get lighting, but safety can be stylish too. With the options listed above, you can achieve both.