“Layering outdoor areas with extra lighting from candles to fire pits is a fantastic source of light and enables you to enjoy your outdoor space for longer in the evenings,” Laura says.
When it comes to electrical lighting solutions, opt for quality metal designs to guarantee years of enjoyment, such as solid brass and stainless steel creations with waxed finishes. Preempt the weathering process by choosing designs with a verdigris finish—the natural patina formed when brass weathers. The natural weathered finish not only looks incredible but means there’s no need to worry about deterioration.
Finally, remember to pay attention to your lighting’s IP (Ingress Protection) rating, which consists of two digits that reveal how resistant the design is to dust and water. The first digit tells you how resistant the design is against solids, such as dust, while the second digit explains its level of water-resistance. The higher the number the greater protection offered. Recommended IP ratings vary depending on exactly where you plan to place your lighting solution, but usually a rating of 43 and upwards is perfect for outdoor use.