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    Jan Reynolds

    Sylvania Residential Lighting and Color Consultant

    Bringing the indoors out, and the outdoors in is a very popular move today. As warm weather sets in,

    most families long to get outside, live informally, and get as much out of their homes and gardens

    as possible.

    Cooking over hot coals or charcoal on a patio, terrace, or just in the back yard can be fun. Even playing

    a game of badminton, or croquet seems to be the order of the day. Actually, after the sun has set, and

    the weather does seem to cool off a{ter a hot, sunny morning and afternoon, it's fun to herd the family

    together for a cookout.

    One method of making your back yard, patio or terrace more attractive as well as more functional is tolight it properly for evening hours - when much of the family entertaining or jusr plain relaxing isdone. Lighting is needed in many outdoor locations - front, side, and back entrances, as well asgalage and service areas. Dining and game areas should be lighted too, so that many daytime acivities

    can be extended to after-dark hours.

    So, perhaps, the following bright ideas prepared by Sylvania's Residential Lighting Department will

    answer some of your questions, as to how yur family can fully appreciate the fun of outdoor living.


    We all know the value and importance of safety lighting

    for front, side and back entrances. But in addition

    to your normal entrance illumination - units at thefront door to make your guests feel welcome,

    at the back door (and side door, where necessary),

    and garage locations

    -why not try a flood or

    spotlight on your favorite tree, flower bed or shrubbery ?

    It will tend to make your property look larger andcertainly more attractive. Or try adjustable unitsunder the eaves or overhang, being sure that the fixtures are

    installed high enough, and so directed that they cause no glare to

    friends or neighbors. Attractive mushroom, flower or leaf-shaped


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    units are a charming way of lighting rock gardens, pathways or

    flower beds. Remember that a well-lighted exterior, when properly

    designed and controlled will create far more attractivesurroundings, and also will prove to be a safeguardagainst prowlers and unwelcome intruders.

    There Me many good-looking units available

    today to do the trick, and following are

    some ideas of how to use them.


    Garage and service areas should be adequately lighted for your own protection, as well as for

    your guests and passersby - to make your home look lived in and as though you wished peopleto drop in and share your hospitaliry.

    Adjustable spots or floods - using PAR-38 bulbs (rlo watts) - willproperly light such areas. Tuck them under the overhang of theg r^ge entrance - one on each side if you have a doublegaftge (or larger). Or attach them to a near-by tree.

    If desired, protective reflectors (painted to blend withthe garage itself, or finished in brushed brass or

    aluminum) may add additional shielding for thesebulbs. Use only the outdoor, hard glass PAR's,

    if they are to be unshielded in adjustablesockets, otherwise rain, snow of the elements can

    crack them when they are lighted.

    A plus is a post lantern used at the front entranceof the drive - to provide needed illumination at this often shadowy location.


    Winding walks around thevent accidents, missteps, or

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    house or leadingfalls, and also to

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    to a garden, should mostbrighten up the footwalks.

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    certainly be lighted - to pre-In such spots, low mushroom

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    to be a step down or a step up. These spots of light

    will create a charming touch, and also make children and adultswant to be outside after dark. It wiil give themconfidence in their steps.


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    Cookouts, barbecues,and

    family picnicsare almost

    everyday occurrences in theserather hectic times,

    With the many small electrical appliances found in most kitchens today, it's a very simple matter to

    bring them outside, plug them into a convenieflce outlet - weatherproof, of course - and prepare adelicious dinner or snack. Rotisseries, frypans, toasters, coffee makers, blenders, etc. are only a few

    that we find in most average homes nowadays. Then too, radio,portable TV and Hi-Fi sets are often draggedout-of-doors to add to the enjoyment of a get togetherin your favorite outdoof spot. At times, these spotsseem like another room added to your home.

    So, why not get even more pleasure out of outdoor living.

    Light your dining and food preparation areas. There

    arc many simple ways of doing this. One, is by the use ofa number of adjustable floodlights or spotlights, so located as

    to light the areas vou wish, and still not be glaring and harsh,or annoying to the family, guests or your next door neighbors.

    You don't need complicated, expensive equipment either - just a swivel socket containing PAR-38bulbs

    -in white or lighdy tinted shades, depending upon personal preferences. However, the yellow

    bulbs (flood or spot) are recommended where food is being prepared and particularly where people are

    dining, because this particular color attracts less insects. Not that the yellow sources are actually bug

    destroyers or preventatives, but rather that these flying pests see the yellow light less readily than they

    do white, blue, green or red - so consequently, they are not drawn as quickly to the yellow light. Besure, on the other hand, to have several white floods or spots in other than food preparation or dining

    areas, to draw insects from these specific locations.

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    Mount your bulbs on rrees or on poles (such as theSpike-Lite which is a six foot pole with swivel socker

    aheady attached and equipped with a heavy dutycord and pl g). Direct light on the barbecue pit or

    open fireplace, so rhat it's easy to tell when the foodis ready. You mighr even use a pole wirh three adjustable

    spots - directing one at the cooking area, one onthe surrounding ground arca and the third one on

    some nearby planring, rree or flower bed - just to adda bit of bright magic. However, be sure the light doesn't

    shine into the chef's eyes. The flood type bulb is usually preferredin this instance, because of the wider beam of light produced.

    Don't just stop with this utility lighting-

    add strings of oriental lanrerns over rhe dining arca andlight up some of the trees in the immediate surroundings - it will make a difference, be far morefestive, and the food seems to taste much beter . . . the frankforts and potato salad will seem like adish fit for a king or queen. Try Bug-lites (yellow) in these light weight lanrerns - they add a sparkof color and will help keep the insects away. Put an adjustable floodlighr at rhe foot of a stately rree,or attach the unit to one of the lower branches, and see what shadows it creates, and how the treestands out in the otherwise darkness of the night. It, indeed, will appear ltke afairyland. The 100 wattmercury vaPor bulb in a special compact fixture equipped with ballast will add an enchanting effect totrees or any green shrubbery display. The color tone of this source emphasizes greens, green yellows

    and blue spruce, but will distort the warm reds, etc.

    Do you have a brightly colored umbrella table with a group of chairs ? Why nor provide a rouch ofindirect lighting over this area? Attach a simple adjustable socket with a reflector bulb to the stickof the umbrella (close to the ribs). By directing the light toward the underside of the opened umbrellaa soft, indirect glow will result, and make a very pleasing atmosphere for dining. Tinted reflector bulbsin pale pink, blue white or midnight blue may be used - depending upon personal preference.Although the white or clear bulb will result in less color distortion, than the tinted ones.

    There is a great deal of weatherproof equipment on the market today which can be used for reading,

    sewing or other critical tasks, which is not only very efficient but most attracrive as well. Most of theseare constructed of metal - black, white, perforated brass or aluminum ro mention only a few. Sodesigned that all of the light is cast down on the particular task, they provide ample lighting foralmost any task. Few, if any of these units, are open at the top allowin g for any upward componenrof light - because it would all be losr in the sky above.

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    You may be fortunate enough to have a small anifi,ciaI6r

    even a natural pool or lake, which would be greatly

    enhanced if it were lighted after dark. One very easy and

    rather attractive way is to use the lily pond unitclamped on an ordinary incandescent bulb.

    Try a single pad, or a couple of them together on the

    same cord. Some of these pads even are equipped

    with an artifi,cial white plastic lily blossom. These pads are castof bronze with a verde-green finish and others are

    made of Latex. So take your choice.

    Ourdoor swimming pools should not be neglected during evening hours. Light them too. If possible,

    built-in lighting equipment should be provided when the pool is installed. Usually a 25o watt or 40owarr reflector lamp is sufficient for the average residential pool. Install the unit at the deep end - atleast 24 to 3O't below the surface of the water. Of course, {or larget pools several of these recessedunits are necessafy.

    If, on the other hand, no underwater lighting is provided, then adjustable flood lamps (150 wattPAR-38 bulbs) on long poles - 10/ to I2t - can be used at each corner of the pool, or the overheadlighting can come from strategically located flood lamps under eaves or from trees. However, this

    merhod of illumination is not always pleasing and can be glaring and uncomfortable to swimmers and

    warchers . . . although it is probably better than no light at all for after-dark plunges.


    It's a shame to have to stop your favorite game just because it is getting too dark to see properly, sowhy not light up your game or sports areas? It isn't difficult. Again, the 10/ or longer poles equippedwith adjustable flood units will give you a chance to extend your outside activities. The PAR-38 bulb

    can be used withour a protective covering on these poles. Also, the 20o watt white bowl bulb gives anicely diffused effect, bur it must be used in a reflector to protect it from the elements.

    Badminton, croquet, or ping pong areas can be lighted with these units. For example, four 10/ poles

    are recommended, placed facing each other - two about 3/ out from the net and about 5' to theleft and righr of the net line - the other two on the opposite side of the net in the same positions

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    . . . adjust the sockets so that they face directly across the court. For croquet, again use four floodlamp poles (t5o watt PAR-38) with the reflector slightly tilted so that all four beams of light acually

    cross over the center wicket - that is, one pole to the rightof the two starting wickets, one between the two side wickets,

    the third to the right of the two finishing wickets,

    and the fourth between the other two side wickets.

    For an archery r^nge, two poles are suggested.

    One 10/ or 72t pole with a pair of adjustable floods -one directed for general lighting, and the other aimed

    directly at the target - which also will illuminate the areabetween the archer and the target itself. Another flood lamp

    unit should be located close to the target

    itself, with the light beam directed beyond thetarget, to make it easier to retrieve arrows.


    Wherever possible, of course, it is best to have underground wiring installed for use with outdoorlighting equipment. If a new house is being built then it is much smarter to dig a trench and installthis type of wiring before any grass is planted ot any landscaping is actually done - it will save timeand money, and cause less mess for the owner.

    However, if it is ptactical to use only above the ground wiring, then it can be done safely andeffectively, if it is planned properly. If weatherproof outlets are installed at the front, back and side ofthe house these may be used for short distance illumination - long outdoor type cords and plugscan then be used for lighting the nearby terrace, patio or landscaping. If, on the other hand, longdistance lighting is desired - trees, flower beds, pools, etc. then additional equipment must be used.Duplex convenience outlet boxes mounted on a short metal pole may be used. Place them in the ground

    ar strategic points, and with their long cords (40 feet, if necessary), any type of lighting equipment

    may be installed.

    Care should be taken, however, that the cords are out of the way, and are not apt to be stepped on or

    tripped over. As a matter of fact, for temporary use these same outdoor type cords and plugs may beplugged into a convenience outlet inside the house, and still will prove satisfactory. Just be certainthat when you are planning any outdoor lighting of any kind, that all materials used - that is, thewiring as well as the fixtures or units themselves - are weatherProof.

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