December 16, 2017

Cheerful Yard Lighting Makes Holiday Merry

 

lighted houseDevelop A Plan Before Setting Out To Buy Christmas Lights

An uncoordinated and mismatched Christmas lights display will make any festive holiday yard hope for better.  When planning to buy Christmas lights for a special yard display, keep in mind basic principles of art and design:  unity, variety, balance, contrast, proportion, and pattern.  Buy Christmas lights with attention to unity.  Make all yard decorations coordinate to tell one story/theme.  An example would be a monochromatic white lights display illuminating trees, shrubs, house, doorways, wreaths, and special decorations.  A second design principle to consider when setting out to buy Christmas lights is variety.  Variety is important to emphasize visual diversity emphasizing different forms and types.  A key factor to keep in mind is to use the same type of light throughout the entire display but use different types of light displays including tree lighting, shrub lighting, wreath lighting, outlining walkways, outlining buildings, and novelty lighting.  Balance is another important consideration when intending to buy Christmas lights.  A Christmas lights display looks best when the yard lighting is balanced throughout the property and not on one side only or in one small area.  Buy Christmas lights keeping in mind contrast between light and dark.  Carefully light dark areas to focus on shapes and interesting forms like an evergreen tree, a wreath, or a doorway.  Consideration of proportion is helpful when planning to buy Christmas lights.  A large yard can easily handle large Christmas light displays including light strings with large C9 bulbs or a plethora of mini lights.  A great way to add proportion and illusion in a holiday display is to light a large object while highlighting several smaller objects.  Some large items to focus on are a house or a large evergreen tree.  Pattern is important to keep in mind when setting out to buy Christmas lights.  Light strings are easy to manipulate and hang in a pattern.  A swirling pattern of light strings draped in trees looks particularly lovely during the holidays.  Hanging tree lights can create a look of activity and excitement in anticipation of the season.  A well thought out plan can create a beautiful festive holiday lights display and make a trip to the stores for Christmas lights more enjoyable when knowing exactly what to buy.

 

White Mini LED Lights Don’t Mix Well With White Incandescent Mini Lights

Mini LED lights are energy efficient and a smart choice when replacing traditional incandescent mini lights.  White mini LED lights give off a different color, however, and don’t mix well with white incandescent lights.  Mini LED lights give off a cool bluish white tint while incandescent lights give off a warm yellowish white tint.  To avoid replacing all lights at the same time, people try to mix mini LED lights with incandescent.  This does not work well and should be avoided.  Mini LED lights are a smart choice and should be used exclusively with other LED lighting.

 

Create Sparkling Scenes Of Wonder And Joy With Festive Lighting

Festive lighting brings joy to many.  Festive lighting inspires the soul and illuminates the Christmas spirit within one’s essence.  Festive lighting is the beacon of peace within a crazy holiday time.  Festive lighting gives a touch of holiday spirit to the dark winter nights.  Festive lighting makes our holiday yards joyful, inspirational, peaceful, and spiritual.

Save Your Outdoor Christmas Décor For Display After Thanksgiving

 

 

turkeySeparate Your Lights Decorations For Specific Holidays

When decorating for the holidays, it’s important to concentrate lights decorations on one holiday at a time.  Lights decorations can look cluttered and unattractive if more than one holiday is represented.  Christmas lights decorations should be saved for display after Thanksgiving.  Some people like to hang lights decorations in their trees during the fall when the weather is warmer and at their convenience.  This is fine as long as the lights decorations are not lit until after Thanksgiving.  Some people like to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Lights decorations that change colors for different seasons are just the answer for this interest.  An internet search of holiday lights will produce lights decorations that can be colored orange and purple for Halloween and then changed to red and green for Christmas.  During the month of November, these lights decorations can remain hung but unlit then simply changed colors for the Christmas season.  It’s also important to remember that after the New Year, people do not want to see lights decorations lit.  Many homeowners associations have rules allowing for specific time periods that lights decorations can be hung and lit.  Specify a specific holiday when planning your lights decorations this season.

 

Take It One Holiday At A Time When Decorating With Yard Lightinglights

Yard lighting can look quite lovely and add a special feel during the festive holiday season.  When more than one holiday is represented in yard lighting, the look gets confusing and appears unorganized and poorly planned.  Every year it seems the Christmas yard lighting goes up earlier and earlier in the season.  It has gotten so the pumpkins are barely gone from Halloween when some eager decorators are already displaying their yard lighting.  This early display of yard lighting can be annoying for some.  The unwritten rule of decorating used to be that the Thanksgiving turkey needed to be cleared from the table before the yard lighting was lit.  There are a few who are more than annoyed and who take action.  One radio station in the Chicago suburbs has a service to help decorators learn the rules.  Eric and Kathy, disc-jockeys, at 101.9fm, WTMX take emails at angrypilgrim@wtmx.com from neighbors who can’t stand the early Christmas yard lighting on display before Thanksgiving.  Eric and Kathy send their “angry pilgrim” producer Swany out dressed in his pilgrim outfit to the offending house at the crack of dawn to take down the yard lighting and other decorations that have been prematurely displayed.  Later that morning, Eric and Kathy call the house to tell the owners that their yard lighting has been taken down but will be given back after Thanksgiving.  Decorators need to be careful with the timing of their Christmas yard lighting or Swany, the angry pilgrim, will show up at their doorstop and create a cheerless holiday.

 

Decorate Each Holiday With It’s Own Novelty Holiday Lights

Swany the angry pilgrim will also take down novelty holiday lights if they are put up too soon.  Star-shaped, snowflake-shaped, or other novelty holiday lights will be targeted for take down if they are displayed before Thanksgiving.  Don’t make Swany the angry pilgrim mad by putting up your novelty holiday lights before Thanksgiving.  Set up your novelty holiday lights up after Thanksgiving and it will be a fantastic, wonderful, beautiful Christmas holiday.

Outdoor Christmas Lights–A Family Tradition

 

 

A Family Tradition –Preparing Electric Christmas Lights

family hanging lightsPreparing electric Christmas lights each year is a great opportunity to start parent-child bonding and a family tradition.  Electric Christmas lights need to be unrolled, detangled, and tested for illuminated light bulbs.  This provides a wonderful opportunity for a parent to show a child how to be careful in handling electric wires and cautious in untangling delicate light bulbs.  As exemplified in the 1989 movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Clark Griswold asked his son, Rusty, to help him prepare the electric Christmas lights for the annual outdoor holiday decorating.  The electric Christmas lights are wound in a tight ball with mini-light bulbs jutting out in all directions.  Rusty is assigned the fun task of unrolling and detangling these tightly bound balls of electric Christmas lights.  Clark also tells Rusty to test each and every electric Christmas light bulb.  This, invariably should take hours, but Rusty manages to accomplish his task in record time.  The electric Christmas lights are prepared and hung within a few hours.  What a great example Clark makes to other parents who want to spend quality time with their children.

 

Exercise Great Care When Securing Outdoor String Lights

Hanging and securing outdoor string lights must be a cautious task.  Always use special care when working with electrical wires, including outdoor string lights.  Clark Griswold needed to be more careful in securing the outdoor string lights to the roof and eaves of his house.  He needed help with steadying the ladder to secure himself against the two-story home so he could carefully staple the outdoor string lights to the roof’s eaves.  When he lost his balance, he lost control of the outdoor string lights, grabbed onto the gutters and ripped part of them off the house.  This caused a long sharp and pointed icicle to go flying from the gutters of his home right through the window of his next-door neighbor’s house.  Up on the rooftop, he strung an abundance of parallel outdoor string lights in rows covering its entire surface.  He also accidentally stapled the wrist cuff of his jacket to the roof and pulled up many outdoor string lights in the process of tearing his coat.  Perhaps Clark should have asked a family member for help with this project.  There are hanging clips available today that are a much better option than stapling when hanging outdoor string lights.

 

Yard Lighting and Novelty Objects — A Fun Way To Decorate The Lawn 

Another tradition families can participate in each year is yard lighting and decorating.  Yard lighting and novelty tacky-lights-richmond-va-300x245Eobjects can create a festive mood during the holiday season.  Clark Griswold placed Santa’s sleigh and reindeer in the front yard of his house that, unfortunately, went flying high into the sky when there was a nearby chemical explosion.  It wound up being a magical moment for all to see.  These objects went from being illuminated with yard lighting to being lit by the moonlight.  Yard lighting creates a fantastic compliment to home lighting and both provide a cheerful holiday atmosphere.  Home and yard lighting are a wonderful way to bond with family members and carry on family traditions.  When Clark’s father, Clark Wilhelm Griswold, Sr., complimented him on his wonderful decorations and yard lighting, Clark thanked his father for teaching him everything he knew.  Outdoor Christmas lights used for home and yard lighting are a fun, joyful way to spend quality time with our loved ones and carry on family traditions.

Unify Community Spirit Using Outdoor Holiday Lights

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Communities Share Camaraderie When Holiday Decorating

Subdivisions across America can come together during the holidays by coordinating holiday decorating.  Nearly every home in one subdivision in the Western suburbs of Chicago shares in the holiday spirit by planning and coordinating their holiday decorating.  Some homes choose to accent their homes, some accent their landscapes, and some homes accent both in their holiday decorating.  Neighbors get together to decorate parkway trees to create a tunnel effect driving through the neighborhood.  Some streets are lined with monochromatic white tree trunks and green foliage and some neighbors choose to do the opposite color scheme.  Some homeowners like to be more colorful and choose multi-colored Christmas lights or other colored light combinations in the holiday decorating of their parkway trees.  The beauty not only lies in the holiday decorating but in neighbors coming together for a common purpose.  This spirit can be taken further.  After years of decorating and adding to their collections, some homeowners go all out in their holiday decorating.  There are homes whose entire garages, fronted with clear plexiglass, are devoted to holiday splendor.  One home has an elaborate train set displayed in their garage staged in a winter mountainous small town Christmas festival.  Many homeowners also create festive winter wonderlands throughout their outdoors.  In addition to hanging numerous outdoor Christmas lights, some homeowners pipe in speakers playing holiday music from local radio stations and provide candy canes to visitors adjacent to a donation basket.  The use of outdoor Christmas lights, speakers coordinated with twinkling lights, candy canes offered to visitors, interactive displays for children, and the smell of the great outdoors all come together as part of a multi-sensory holiday decorating experience that’s fun for everyone.

 

Neighbors Coordinate Yard Lighting To Unite In The Holiday Spirit

Ideas abound when planning yard lighting for a unified neighborhood holiday lights display.  Neighbors can consider stringing lights on shrubbery and trees, spotlighting wreaths, and lighting pathways to make yard lighting festive for all who pass by.  Elaborate displays can be placed inside glass boxes and staged on one’s lawn as part of a protective yard decoration.  The yard lighting of these displays is best when spotlights are used to up light the display.  Popular figurines like Pooh Bear and Tigger or Snoopy and Woodstock are shown in festive holiday poses and accented with yard lighting.  Yard lighting makes the holiday season more festive for all.

 

Homeowners Create Festive Displays With Window Holiday Lights

Another way a community can organize a unified holiday display is with the use of window holiday lights.  Festive window holiday lights can be displayed in various ways.  Special scenes like the nativity, Santa carrying presents, elves peeking over window sills looking to see if the children have been naughty or nice, or any other holiday related scene make an impressive use of window holiday lights.  Other ideas for window holiday lights can include outlining the top of the window frame with icicle lights, outlining the window frame with rope lighting, hanging special shapes like the Moravian Star or Starlight Spheres, or creating a special design of your own.  The creativity is endless when using window holiday lights and the best part is the display is contained inside free from weather or harm.  Encourage all of your neighbors to decorate with window holiday lights to create a luminescent luxury for all to see when driving through your neighborhood.

Unify Community Spirit Using Outdoor Christmas Lights

Communities Share Camaraderie When Holiday Decorating

Subdivisions across America can come together during the holidays by coordinating holiday decorating.  Nearly every home in one subdivision in the Western suburbs of Chicago shares in the holiday spirit by planning and coordinating their holiday decorating.  Some homes choose to accent their homes, some accent their landscapes, and some homes accent both in their holiday decorating.  Neighbors get together to decorate parkway trees to create a tunnel effect driving through the neighborhood.  Some streets are lined with monochromatic white tree trunks and green foliage and some neighbors choose to do the opposite color scheme.  Some homeowners like to be more colorful and choose multi-colored Christmas lights or other colored light combinations in the holiday decorating of their parkway trees.  The beauty not only lies in the holiday decorating but in neighbors coming together for a common purpose.  This spirit can be taken further.  After years of decorating and adding to their collections, some homeowners go all out in their holiday decorating.  There are homes whose entire garages, fronted with clear plexiglass, are devoted to holiday splendor.  One home has an elaborate train set displayed in their garage staged in a winter mountainous small town Christmas festival.  Many homeowners also create festive winter wonderlands throughout their outdoors.  In addition to hanging numerous outdoor Christmas lights, some homeowners pipe in speakers playing holiday music from local radio stations and provide candy canes to visitors adjacent to a donation basket.  The use of outdoor Christmas lights, speakers coordinated with twinkling lights, candy canes offered to visitors, interactive displays for children, and the smell of the great outdoors all come together as part of a multi-sensory holiday decorating experience that’s fun for everyone.

Neighbors Coordinate Yard Lighting To Unite In The Holiday Spirit

Ideas abound when planning yard lighting for a unified neighborhood holiday lights display.  Neighbors can consider stringing lights on shrubbery and trees, spotlighting wreaths, and lighting pathways to make yard lighting festive for all who pass by.  Elaborate displays can be placed inside glass boxes and staged on one’s lawn as part of a protective yard decoration.  The yard lighting of these displays is best when spotlights are used to up light the display.  Popular figurines like Pooh Bear and Tigger or Snoopy and Woodstock are shown in festive holiday poses and accented with yard lighting.  Yard lighting makes the holiday season more festive for all.

Homeowners Create Festive Displays With Window Holiday Lights

Another way a community can organize a unified holiday display is with the use of window holiday lights.  Festive window holiday lights can be displayed in various ways.  Special scenes like the nativity, Santa carrying presents, elves peeking over window sills looking to see if the children have been naughty or nice, or any other holiday related scene make an impressive use of window holiday lights.  Other ideas for window holiday lights can include outlining the top of the window frame with icicle lights, outlining the window frame with rope lighting, hanging special shapes like the Moravian Star or Starlight Spheres, or creating a special design of your own.  The creativity is endless when using window holiday lights and the best part is the display is contained inside free from weather or harm.  Encourage all of your neighbors to decorate with window holiday lights to create a luminescent luxury for all to see when driving through your neighborhood.

Landscape Lighting – Your Spirit, Personalities and Atmosphere

Outside Lights Can Make Your Spirit Bright

Landscape LightingOne of my favorite memories is from years ago when I lived in a different house.  The next door neighbor hung numerous multi-colored outside lights on an evergreen tree in her backyard.  She left these lit all day and night and they were the only outside lights throughout all our neighbors’ backyards.  I can clearly remember the first night I awoke in the middle of the night and looked outside.  There was a fresh blanket of snow covering and the outside lights on the Christmas tree were sparkling with magnificence.  It took my breath away.  I found myself purposely getting up in the middle of the night, each night, to look at the festive winter wonderland of outside lights.  When we moved into our next home, we copied this tradition of our old neighbor by hanging outside lights on our backyard evergreens to spread the luminescent luxury to others.

People’s Personalities Are Reflected In Their Yard Lighting

Landscape Lighting 1Have you ever wondered who lived in certain houses?  An insight into what they are like is more easily discovered during the holidays by looking at their yard decorations and yard lighting, or lack thereof.  The way people decorate their outdoors can tell you a lot about how they behave and what they think.  People’s actions regarding yard decorations and yard lighting can be due to many factors:  cultural and religious beliefs, time, money, family traditions, lack of interest, etc.  During the most recent years, my favorite yard lighting is stringing monochromatic white lights over all trees, shrubs, and house.  This is the typical yard lighting design of my neighbors.  I wonder, does this mean I need to “keep up with the Jones?”

Patio Lights Provide a Warm Inviting Atmosphere to Share With Family and Friends

Landscape Lighting 2I find myself grateful to have a family member who has the most beautiful patio I have ever seen.  From the family room, you step out on the same level through French doors onto a cement patio with a large outdoor area rug.  Directly across the patio is a working outdoor fireplace.  When not in use, candles are strategically placed inside contributing to the patio lights.  The outdoor room has a lighted ceiling fan, also contributing to the patio lights.  Other patio lights include wall sconces, a floor lamp and assorted solar candles.  Sofas are strategically arranged to allow for easy conversation and allow for easy viewing of the backyard.  Landscape lighting makes the backyard glow with beauty.  A privacy curtain, tied back during the day, is a creative way to enjoy private evenings outside.  It’s easy to decorate this room for the holidays.  Monochromatic white Christmas string lights, hung around the room, add beautifully to the other patio lights.

Nothing Shows Off Cheer During the Holidays Like Yard Lighting

Yard Lighting is a Display of Individuality

nothing shows off cheer during the holidays like yard lightingThe different ways people decorate their yards for the holidays are as unique as their individual personalities. Some people are zany and colorful, while others are reserved and elegant. With all of the different styles of lights available for decorating, literally any design scheme that can be conceived of can be executed. When you decorate your yard for the holidays, you’re showing the world that you care enough about cheer and good will to dedicate the time and energy to transform the front of your house into a spectacular sentiment of Christmas wonder.

Take Precautions When Setting Up Your Exterior Christmas Lights
When preparing to install your exterior Christmas lights, there are certain precautions you should take to ensure the safety of yourself and your lights:

  • Never try to hang lights from unsafe heights.
  • Always make sure that your lights are secured to your home so they don’t fall.
  • Make sure your lights are resistant enough to withstand the elements.
  • Make sure that all of your bulbs work prior to hanging them up to avoid multiple trips up the ladder.
  • Always wear safety glasses when setting up outdoor lights.
  • Snowflake Lighting and Mini Lights are Great Accessories for Outdoor Decorating
    nothing shows off cheer during the holidays like yard lighting 1Whether you live in a climate that doesn’t permit snowfall, or you just like the look of them, snowflake lights are classic Christmas decorations that have stood the test of time. Snowflake lights offer homes that don’t have natural snow on them some of that winter luster while eliminating the mess and cold weather from the equation. Snowflake lights come in a variety of styles, shapes and colors and fit in perfectly with any other decorations around them. Never tacky and always perfect for seasonal decorating, snowflake lights are chosen by decorators time and time again because of their classic elegance and beauty.

    And if you want to eliminate the hassle of decorating your home with big bulky lights, try using mini lights. Mini lights give off a subtle glow, are easy to put up and never get bright to the point of excess. Mini lights are perfect for accentuating special parts of the home or office, and come in a variety of styles and colors. Perfect for the decorator who values subtlety but knows how to achieve pizzazz, mini lights are great standbys to fulfill any holiday decorating need.

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    Landscape Lighting for Summer Enjoyment

    Summer is finally here.  Time has come to break out the barbecue grills and party supplies.  It is also time to get the lawn ready and landscape.  Landscape lighting can enhance the lawn, fixtures and plants in the lawn.  There is a vast array of landscape lighting options to choose from.  One only needs to consider what type of look they are going for, the results of the lighting on the landscape and the function of the lighting.

    What is your goal?

    Landscape Lighting for Summer EnjoymentBefore rushing out to the neighborhood home improvement store or rushing to call a landscaper, think first about what you want to achieve with your landscape lighting.  You work very hard to maintain your lawn and its appearance.  You should do the same for your lighting.  The lighting you choose should enhance your lawns beauty and your hard work.  Unless you want to show off the lighting as the main focal point, that is.  Think first about what is in your lawn.  Do you have flowering plants that brighten up the lawn?  Are there large bushes for security or decoration?  What about the pathways leading up to your house or toward the garden area?  Each of these questions will lead you the type of lighting you will need.

    Be creative

    Landscape Lighting for Summer Enjoyment 1Choosing lighting to add style and flair to your existing landscaping will help to accent your home and the visual appeal of your lawn.  You can also add to the value of your home.  Think first about the look you would want to create.   You will want to choose yard lighting that enhances the features of your home, something that will blend well with the current style you have.  Choosing styles that are vastly different will cause the styles to clash and you will end up with a look that is tacky.

    Be creative while creating safety

    Landscape Lighting for Summer Enjoyment 2Outdoor lighting not only enhances the appearance of your home, but it also makes for a safer environment.  Consider the pathway that you have leading form your driveway to your home.  Pathway lighting will not only illuminate the path for safer stepping, but will also enhance the architecture of your home and walkway.  There is virtually an endless amount of choices when it comes to the styles, colors and finishes of the landscape lighting for this purpose.

    Contribute to the Environment by using Energy-Efficient Outdoor Christmas Decor

    Outside Lights Make Your Home a One-of-a-Kind in the Neighborhood

    There’s nothing quite as magic as a yard full of glowing outside lights during the holiday season. Whether it’s elegant white string-lights or festive red and green, nothing shows off the spirit of Christmas more than a well-lit yard. There’s an almost endless amount to choose from when picking which lights to incorporate into your outdoor Christmas décor. With all the different styles, colors and lengths to pick from it can sometimes be difficult to find which ones are right for you. So here is a rundown of some of the popular styles of outside lights to choose from this season:

  • Contribute to the environment by using energy efficient xmas lightIcicle Lights are a good way to bring out the holiday cheer. With a variety of colors and styles to choose from, icicle light are perfect for being strung across the edges of roofs, patios and any other large outdoor structures. And, for those who live in climates that don’t permit snowfall, icicle lights are a great way to replicate the natural grandeur of winter.
  • Contribute to the environment by using energy efficient xmas light 1String Lights are generally known for their elegance and subtlety. If you want your home to have a warm glow and don’t want to have to worry about your lighting scheme looking tacky, string lights are definitely the way to go. String lights come in a variety of colors and shapes, making them the perfect simple touch to any holiday environment
  • Contribute to the environment by using energy efficient xmas light 2Novelty Lights are meant for those who want to inject a little humor into their decorating. With so many different styles to choose from, you’re sure to find a light that fits your own unique personality. Novelty lights can range anywhere from Santa, reindeer and snowman lights to characters like the Grinch, racehorse jockeys and even your favorite football team.
  • Help the Environment this Season by decorating with Outdoor LED Lights
    LED lights are fast becoming the new craze in Christmas lighting for several different reasons. They are long lasting, don’t heat up, don’t contain mercury and use much fewer watts than other lights, making them the perfect eco-friendly decoration. And by clustering LED bulbs on the same decoration, manufacturers have expanded the possibilities of light patterns and brightness intensities that the lights emit. The three most common styles of LED lights are recessed/track bulbs, diffused bulbs and spotlight/floodlight bulbs. The most common colors to choose from are red, green, blue, white, amber and holiday mix.

    Yard Lighting Turns any Property into a Winter Wonderland

    With all the different styles of lights to choose from this year, you should have no problem decorating your yard exactly how you want. From tree lights to patio lights to lit plastic statues, there is guaranteed to be a light scheme to fit every need and personality. So show off your individuality and eco-friendliness this season by investing in the newest LED outdoor lighting technology.

    How to Decide What Landscape Lighting is Best for You

    What does every home need to play up its best assets?  Landscape lighting of course!  There are virtually thousands and styles to choose from.  Plus you can decide how much to spend and what designs fit within your budget.  And the best thing is that landscape lighting will improve the comfort surrounding your home, making times at home much more enjoyable.

    You can decide the lighting that is best for you

    how to decide what landscape lighting is best for youThe first thing to decide is which type of lighting to use when choosing outside lighting.  Ask yourself which power source would be best for you, your home and most importantly your pocketbook.  There are a few different options to choose from.  The majority of consumers will choose electric or low voltage, but there is also solar powered and gas lighting to choose from.  All have their advantages, so it is up to you to decide which is best.

    Function will determine placement
    how to decide what landscape lighting is best for you 1When you are thinking of the purpose of your lighting, you will need to think about where your lighting will be.  Placement of the lighting will determine the purpose the lights will serve.  We will first think about lighting for safety.   Pathways, walkways, patio lights and stairways require the use of lighting for safety.  You will need to light these areas to keep your guests on the right path and to keep them from making a misstep and harming themselves.

    Be creative and have fun

    how to decide what landscape lighting is best for you 2Lighting to enhance your landscaping is a very exciting process.  This where you really get to show off all the hard work you have put into your landscaping.  You can be as creative as you want.  You are held back only by your own imagination.  Use yard lighting to highlight trees, bushes and flowers.  Who says the beauty that you created should only be seen during the day?  Keep in mind that trees and walls look best when lit from below.  Another plus to using landscape lighting in your garden and yard area is that it helps to light up dark areas that may be hidden without lighting.  You can also place lighting to create dramatic shadows.