‘Contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are the terms that have taken over the world in the last couple of decades. We’ve witnessed the rise of contemporary art, contemporary fashion, and most importantly — contemporary architecture. The technology has enabled them to explore and test the limits of what is possible and what is not. And with the rise of modern architecture, we’ve seen lighting methods change and evolve. Lighting has changed from candles to bulky light bulbs, to small, modern and minimalist.
When you look back on the 1800s and all of their splendor, you can see how much the lighting has actually changed. Gorgeous candle chandeliers were replaced by minimalist recessed lights. Although some people preferred the old-time look, others turn to a more modern one.
Now let’s see some of the most common types of modern exterior lighting and the logic behind them.
Wall lighting is the most common for the outdoors. Not every home has an outdoor ceiling, so wall lights are not only preferred, but they’re usually the only way to go. However, they also do look the best, in all honesty. They are both simple and intricate at the same time. Long story short — wall lighting is the best option when it comes to modern exterior lighting. It can be easily hidden in the walls and positioned wherever it fits best. It’s mostly used as accent lighting, to illuminate the building itself. Besides, it can play with shadows in a way that accents the architectural elements of the building, which is always a nice touch.
Hanging lights are quite uncommon for the outdoors. Still, they can look more than fabulous if you utilize them the right way. Imagine a beautiful outdoor patio in the evening, and a gorgeous wicker chandelier hanging above it. Sounds pretty cool, right? Hanging lights are also used to illuminate walkways wherever there is a ceiling for them to hang from.
Torches, Posts, Lanterns, and Other Landscape Lighting
These are starting to see a rise in popularity with the advancement of solar technology. Earlier, there was a lot of trouble in setting up electrical lights all over the yard. It required a lot of planning, not to mention electricians digging around your yard setting up power cables for each and every lighting unit. Another fallback was that you couldn’t change your setup easily if you wanted to replace some of the lights, or their position. All those troubles made setting up landscape lighting a thing for the richest among us.
Nowadays, you can buy beautiful solar lanterns or torches at an extremely low cost. Each one of the lights is wireless and self-sufficient. Solar lights collect power during the day and automatically turn on when they detect the ambiance light levels going down in the evening. They now come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, and you can install them quite easily. You can even rearrange them however you want, whenever you want.