The design of residential site lighting should consider how the space is used. In most cases, low-level lighting for walks is sufficient. Outdoor recreation and dining areas require more light. Driveways typically don’t require illumination as cars light the way. House fixtures illuminate doors and porches while street lights illuminate public sidewalks.
- Avoid creating light pollution with up lights and 360 degree fixtures.
- We see by contrast, so avoid fixtures that directly shine in people’s eyes. These lights reduce the ability to see at night by preventing eyes from adjusting to lower light levels.
- Use low-voltage LEDs to limit the chance of shock, the cost of bulb replacement and utility costs.
- Use durable fixtures that fit the character of the house and neighborhood.
Mailbox, House Numbers and Other Furnishings
Options vary widely in material, style and cost.
- Use durable fixtures that fit the character and material of the house.
- Follow U.S. Post Office requirements for mailbox size and function. Be sure to get local permission for moving or changing a mailbox.
- Make sure house numbers are clearly visible from the street to meet local E-911 requirements.