You know that getting a new garage door can help to provide your home with a brand‑new look. You can improve the look of your home with a beautiful, quality door. When you add a new door, you might also want to consider the benefits of making some improvements to your outdoor lighting. It can help to highlight your home even after the sun has set, and it can provide some added security. With the right type of light, it will also help to add to the overall aesthetics of the garage door.
The lighting that you choose should be able to provide enough light to help provide a safe environment for the property, but you do want to make sure that it will fit in nicely with the architectural style that you have for the garage. Ultra-modern lights, for example, might not be the best solution for those with a traditional type of garage. You want enough light to provide safety and style, but you do not want to have so much light that it looks as though there is a massive spotlight on your home and garage each night. The following tips can help to make sure you get just what you need.
Consider the size of your garage door
As you start to put together plans for the exterior lighting of your home, you will want to consider the size of the garage door. You also need to think about the layout. The lighting setup that you choose for a single door will naturally be different from that of a double door. It will also be different if you have a 16’ double door or two single 8’ doors for a double garage. Always think about the space you are working with for the doors. Is there space to the sides of the doors? What about above the doors? Do you have eaves, which could help to facilitate downlighting? Can the lights be installed over the door? Can the lights also help to light up your driveway?
Typically, you will not want the lights to take up more than half of the available space, and you will want some blank space around the fixtures, as it helps to provide a better, balanced look. With the right lighting, you can add some style and curb appeal to your home.
Type of light fixtures to consider
When you are choosing fixtures, you should consider the architectural style of your home and garage. If you have a modern and contemporary property, you may want different fixtures than a home that is classic and colonial, for example. The same is true if you have a country or carriage house style. The goal should always be to improve the appearance of the garage door and your home. The lighting fixtures should look great during the day, even when they are not in use. At night, they need to provide you with the amount of light that you need. You have a wide range of choices available, and you can find some great ideas on Pinterest.
Let’s look at a few options for a modern home:
Here are some options that can work well for a more rustic place:
The right lightbulbs
What type of bulbs should you use for the property? You will always want to consider the manufacturer guidelines and recommendations when you are choosing your light bulbs. Ideally, you will be able to find some LED bulbs, which can help you to save a substantial amount of money on your energy bill.
When you are choosing bulbs, you also want to make sure they are high-quality and durable, and that you are not exceeding the max wattage. If you do, you run the risk of overheating the fixture. Typically, you will find that outdoor fixtures will be rated for 100 watts or 60 watts. Always check your specific fixtures. Don’t just assume you have the right bulbs.
Quality LED bulbs now only help to be energy efficient; they tend to be weather restaurant, as well. They can work for up to 100,000 hours without needing to be changed, which is longer than the incandescent bulbs by quite a bit.
A type of bulb that you will not want to use outdoors is the spiral compact fluorescent bulb. These bulbs are not suited for use in the outdoors, and when the weather is cold, lose some of their lighting intensity.
Once you have taken everything into account, it is time that you started to install the new lighting that you need around the garage. You will want to make sure that you get the right bulbs and that they provide you with the amount of lighting that you need.
Getting your new garage door
What about your garage door? You will also want to make sure that the garage door you choose will match with your home and your garage, as well. If you need some help and advice on getting your new door, you will want to contact us right away at 1-800-545-3667. You can check our image gallery to see some of the other garage doors that we have put up and installed in the neighborhood. For those who would like, we can send you a quotation by email.
You could also choose to visit our showroom to see the models that we offer. Consider using our online Design Centre, as well. It will let you find the style that works well for your home and aesthetic preferences.