3 Exterior Lighting Ideas For Your Country Cottage

Posted on: 30 September 2016


A nice, secluded country cottage can be a wonderful vacation spot. It's a nice place to relax and escape from the hectic city life. However, you will need to install exterior lighting. One of the trade-offs for country living is that you don't have lots of street lamps around, or even ambient light from nearby buildings. So, unless you want to have to walk around your property at night using flashlights, or moonlight, you will need to install some exterior lighting. Here are some suggestions.

Pathway Lights

These lights are great for helping you walk from your car to the cottage. They are especially good if your driveway isn't located right next to your front door. If you park a bit away from the cottage, then you should have pathway lights. They are small lights that line the path to your cottage's front door. If you don't have lights, then you might trip over a stick, or a wayward stone. You can get solar lights that absorb the sun's energy during the day and then use that to function at night. You can also have them set on a remote timer so that they will only come on at a predetermined time. Also, you can choose a sensor activated model. This type of pathway light will only turn on when you pull the car in near them, or when you walk towards them. That's great if you don't want the pathway lights on all night.

Motion Activated Light Above Your Front Door                

You should also have a motion-activated light attached to the soffit on your roof, above your front door. This is especially prudent if you have stairs. You don't want to walk up the stairs in the dark. If you are carrying your weekend bags, plus groceries, you might slip and get hurt if you can't see the steps clearly. This is why it's so important to make sure your stairs and entryway are well lit. The motion-activated light is the best choice because you won't have to turn it on by flipping a switch. So, if you're driving up to the cottage some Friday evening, and arrive after dark, the light will turn on when you approach the house.

Backyard Lights

Finally, it would be helpful to have backyard lights. You can have these installed on the rear face of your cottage wall, high up so that they illuminate the backyard. This is helpful if you plan on dining out at night and want more light than the ambient lights from inside your cottage provide. You don't want bright spotlights, but rather a soft light. You should have the electrician, one like Sun Coast Electric & Networking Inc, install a dimmer switch on the interior of the cottage that allows you to adjust the rear lights. This way you can have a bright light when you are setting up the table, but when you and your guests are getting ready to dine you can lower the light to a softer level.