Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Florida Style & Design: Light The Night

Judith Norman is a shining beacon guiding the way to optimal outdoor lighting

Here in South Florida, our days of fun in the sun never really have to end—as long as you have the proper lighting setup for your outdoor living environment. Since the mid-1980s, furniture showroom Judith Norman—just a straight shot down I-95 from Boca to Hollywood—has been a favorite of interior designers and their clients; its massive selection, an array of more than 400 home brands from around the world, has long made it a desirable one-stop shop.

In 2011, the family-owned-and-operated company expanded into outdoor living to maximize South Florida’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Judith Norman later introduced a comprehensive lighting package to further enhance its already broad scope of services. We chatted with Judith Norman Outdoor Living’s vice president, Michael Fine, to learn more about the outdoor lighting expertise and products this showroom offers, illuminating its customers with knowledge and helping them make their exterior spaces shine.

Above: Uplighting via a horizontal alignment of sconces projects an elaborate diamond pattern onto the exterior wall, thereby creating visual interest and elevating the overall ambiance.

Below: LED strip lighting is used to showcase the contemporary architectural lines, while LED floor lanterns are added to accessorize and illuminate the stunning pool deck.

What makes Judith Norman equipped to tackle the challenge of outdoor lighting?

Our lighting experts have more than 50 years’ experience in the lighting world. We understand what products are available in the market as well as the technical aspect of each piece. Our experts will visit the site with the designer and provide guidance throughout the duration of the project.

Can you tell us the range of exterior lighting products you carry?

We offer every style of light at every price point: recessed lighting, path lights, bollards, pendants, lanterns, strip lighting, dock lighting and even sell outdoor furniture with lights inside.

What are a few of your best-known brands?

Some of our top outdoor lighting brands include Hubbardton Forge, Hammerton Studio, Contardi, Bover, Modern Forms and Tech Lighting. Our vendors always have their fingers on the pulse of the latest trends and technologies in outdoor lighting. We travel around the world to find new lines to add and take great pride in the fact that when a client requests a specific product, we’re able to source it.

How does exterior lighting aesthetically enhance outdoor spaces, and what are some of the must-haves?

Your exterior’s “personality” differs from day to night. During the day, decorative lighting acts as décor; however, once the sun goes down, the combination of landscape lights, path lights and decorative lights creates an ambiance that brings together the entire property.

Using the correct in-ground lights and spotlights creates beautiful borders that highlight the textures and depth of the landscaping. Path lights illuminate finishes while providing safety. Sconces create a decorative glow on the outside of your house and connect the exteriors with the interiors.

What can you tell us about LED lighting that we might not already know?

LED technology has revolutionized the lighting industry. LEDs last up to 50,000 hours, have multiple applications, a vast temperature range, dimming capabilities, and can even change colors to create different moods. One of the hottest trends is utilizing LED strip lighting on the exterior of the home; it can be used on pathways, under steps and in coves on exterior walls and overhangs.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUDITH NORMAN | judithnorman.com/outdoor-furniture

This story is from the March 2021 of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.

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