This house is in an urban setting, so safety lighting, specifically motion-sensor lights, are a must. This house has three, a spotlight and a porch light attached to the house and one motion spotlight attached above the garage door.
These, in addition to the sidewalk streetlights, keep the house well lit and not too attractive to nefarious characters. It’s also a great bonus that the porch light by the back door lights up on its own for late night-arrivals after gallivanting.
Also, to aid in drunken stumbling around the deck area, there are small lights inset into the stair risers (see photo up on top). These are a must. They’re also a major pain in the ass to install on an existing deck, especially if they were never planned in from the beginning. These weren’t. Crawling under a deck is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for overweight, middle-aged people that don’t stretch enough. Or claustrophobics. Note for next time, hire a teenager. These lights do add immensely to the ambiance of the back yard, so they were worth it.
Well, if you are going to install lights like these, don’t cheap out like I did. I bought some “economical” little copper-colored louvered lights from a store to remain unnamed (Home Depot) that are so cheap, that if you accidentally kick them, the metal bends and closes up the louvers the light’s supposed to come out from. Let this be your warning that it’s probably worth it to spend more than I did.
Do you have any other ideas for safety-specific lights I should be employing? These tend to work fine, but I’m all for finessing what I’ve got. Short of having to crawl under the deck.
The rest of this week? Tomorrow is Ambient Lights. Wednesday is Tub Lights, Thursday is Fire and Friday is Fun Lights.