A Look at Outdoor Lighting

by Concierge Matcher on November 26, 2010

garden lightingGardens have existed since the dawn of civilization. It is an important part of man’s dwellings and surroundings, providing food, beauty, and a place of peace and sanctuary. This is why even at night, when darkness comes, society has found ways for people to still enjoy and appreciate gardens. This is done through garden lighting, which has evolved along with gardens and civilization through the centuries.

Garden lights, and outdoor lighting in general, have one primary purpose, and that is to ensure that people are able to function well and be safe even at night. But as civilization developed, landscape designers, architects, and builders past and present began using outdoor lighting systems to add to the design and appearance of their buildings and areas, making outdoor lights not just practical, but also stylish and beautiful.

In the early centuries of man, outdoor lights were simple torches and bonfires that ward off creatures and danger. But as each civilization developed, light holders such as lanterns, lamp posts, braziers, and pyres were developed to reflect the civilization’s aesthetic styles. Centuries passed, and simple wood fires gave way to oils and waxes in the form of candles and lamps.

When outdoor lighting became prevalent on city streets and towns, the local governments would spend time and effort to individually light each one. People who owned homes large enough to have gardens and lawns would employ people to light lamp posts for them instead.

It was only when electricity came into being that outdoor lights lost the need for individuals to have to turn them on one by one. Electrical systems would allow large numbers of lights to turn on in an instant. And homes would often have lights outside that can be turned on from inside.

Today, outdoor lights such as garden lights are as advanced as their indoor counterparts, if not more. Many outdoor garden lights are equipped with computer chips and clocks that make them turn on at certain times of day, adjust their brightness and intensity depending on ambient light, and even light up even without being connected to the main system of the home or building, through the use of solar cells.

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