Proper lighting changes everything. It turns a dark corner of your yard into an inviting entertainment area. It brings safety and security to your property. It transforms trees and plants into artwork of light and shadow. It keeps you from tripping over your kid’s toys in the driveway. But all the decisions involved in choosing your landscape lighting design can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to consider when designing landscape lighting for your home.
Pick Specific Areas to Highlight
The areas or objects you illuminate depend on your landscape lighting goals. Do you want to brighten your property to improve security at night, or do you want to beautify an otherwise plain exterior? You may want to add lights to your patio or swimming pool to better enjoy the backyard after dark. For better security, entryways, exterior walls near windows, the driveway, pathways, and the garage are common areas to highlight. Or, consider illuminating trees and shrubs, flower beds, water fountains, ponds, and architectural features for aesthetic appeal.
Types of Lighting Fixtures
There are various types of lighting fixtures to achieve different lighting designs. You have plenty of options, so it’s best to work with an expert when picking the fixtures for your landscape.
For lit pathways and steps, you may consider standing fixtures like post lights to add a unique flair to your landscape. If you want to conceal your light source, try well lights, which install flush with the ground and are best for uplighting. Wet niche lights install beautifully on the sides of your pool or at the bottom of your fountains. Uplights are installed on the ground close to the base of an object to shine some light on plants, shrubs, trees, or landscape structures.
Safety and Security
Is home security a concern in your landscape design? If so, you can use landscape lighting to secure your home and make it safer at night. Many security lights are motion activated, which could potentially scare off unwanted visitors while also conserving energy and not serving as a disruption to the home otherwise. Beyond security, also consider home safety. Walkways, pool areas, or any steep drop-off or hidden obstacle may be well served with additional lighting and illumination.
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