Color changing LED lights have some established uses, such as in bars and restaurants, as accent lighting for art, or as part of an art installation themselves. But for the rest of us who would like to find a way to incorporate color changing RGB lighting into our homes, the options are somewhat limited. Aside from throwing outdoor parties, one of the most interesting and exciting possibilities is to use color changing lights as a permanent part of outdoor landscaping and exterior lighting design.
Sometimes we think landscape lighting is an art in and of itself and is best left to professional landscaping artists. However, when a professional redesign of the exterior and a landscape designer are outside of the budget, color changing LED lights make an affordable and fun DIY solution with several other long-term benefits. Decorative exterior lighting tends to only be turned on at night, but then left on as long as it is dark. Waterproof LED lighting that consumes less electricity decreases the costs of leaving these lights on for extended periods of time. And because they consume less electricity and are far more efficient with the electricity they do need, these lights produce no heat, eliminating the risk of heat damage or fire, making wiring your outdoor lighting even safer.
Colorful lights work great for outdoor, landscape lighting because they are an effective way to create contrasts, turn normal features of the landscaping into visually pleasing focal points, highlight exciting features, and generally inject more dynamism into your home’s outdoors area at night. You have a number of LED lighting options that will deliver a rugged, color changing functionality with colorful light of the highest quality. The best choices are waterproof, color changing LED light strips and water resistant, color changing spot lights and flood LED wall washers. These types of lighting offer a range of functionality, including different levels of controllability, different volumes of light, different wattages, and different sizes.
A homeowner looking to take advantage of these tools should consider a few questions. It is important to start off by learning what different colors of lights do to change the perception of various hues. Knowing that dark red light makes reds look brownish makes it easier to decide where to place color changing LED lights. That is the next step--Decide which outdoor elements or objects should be illuminated and would benefit from a color-changing pattern. Sometimes the best choices for this dynamic lighting are objects that can serve as a blank “pallet,” such as a large white wall or a line of tall bushes that will look interesting under the exciting lighting.
Lastly, be sure to go into the testing phase with an open mind. Start of by setting up the color changing lights in such a way that if you initial plan doesn’t work out you can easily move them. By understanding the nature of color changing LED lights and how to control the lighting to achieve various effects, it is possible to easily install and use this lighting to add excitement to an outdoor space and revitalize the exterior of the home.