A Beautiful Landscape, Plus the Right Landscape Lighting Design Equals an Inviting Home

Installing landscape lighting is one of the most convenient ways to decorate the outside of your home and add security for you and your family. With the right outdoor light fixtures, you may showcase your garden or enjoy your patio even after the sun sets. Give your home a soft glow in the evening and make it more inviting for your guests with new landscape light fixtures like pathway and fountain lights.

Entrance LED Lights

Entrance LED Lights

Make a Good First Impression

Wouldn’t you like to make a good first impression for your guests even before they step into your home? You can with beautifully set up landscape lighting. These light fixtures will help guide the way for your guests and allow them to anticipate further decorative style as they approach your home.

When setting up your landscape lighting, you first need to consider the overall effect you’d like to create for your home. Do you want a kind of set up that makes your home stand out or something that more subdued? Once you’ve decided on how much illumination you want, you may then decide on the lighting techniques you’d like to use and light fixtures you need to achieve your desired effect.

Different Lighting Techniques

There are several lighting techniques you can use for your landscape. Different lighting techniques help create a beautiful scene and add to the security of your home.

Up Lighting

If you have beautiful columns and you’d like to highlight them, up lighting can help you achieve a beautiful effect. In fact, experts say you may create a visually dramatic effect for landscape and architectural elements if you light them up from below. This technique is also commonly used to create attractive shadows on walls.

Outdoor flood lights, spotlights and bollards are perfect for up lighting.

Down Lighting

Down lighting is commonly used to illuminate outdoor areas, such as patios, facades and gazebos. When used in the garden, this type of light can create beautifying shadows similar to moon lighting. Downward flood lighting is great to illuminate larger spaces for a variety of outdoor activities.

Washing or Grazing Lighting

This type of technique is used to diffuse illumination over vertical elements. It can also be used to highlight and enhance the texture of surfaces. Wall lights, floodlights and spotlights can be used to achieve grazing effects.

Path Lighting

Walkway LED Lights

Walkway LED Lights

 

This is a very common technique that adds style and safety to a home. When installing pathway lights, position the light fixtures very near the edge of the walkway to prevent people from tripping over them. You may also opt to alternate light fixtures from one side to the other. Make sure to space them evenly so there are no overlapping bright areas and no dark areas in between fixtures.

It is very important to take your time to plan your outdoor landscape lighting so that you come up with an efficient, cost-effective, and affordable landscape lighting that would give you the look and feel that you want without taking too much from your budget in terms of installation, electricity consumption, and maintenance. Here are some steps you need to consider in planning your outdoor landscape lighting.

 

Step 1: Plot the Landscape

Start planning for your home outdoor lighting by walking around your garden in the evening and envisioning how you want to use your space. Then draw the area where you want to position your outdoor decorative lighting. Be as detailed as you can get with your sketch, including your house, the trees and plants, the patio and pools areas, the walkways, and the driveways.

Step 2: Choose Where to Install Your Outdoor Lighting

Choose the spaces that you wish to illuminate. Typical areas where you can position your outdoor landscape lights would be around the patio, in the garden pond, under a large tree, along the driveway, and at the corners of the house.

Step 3: Choose the Types of Lights to Use

Choose the types of outdoor lights for each area. Solar lights are great for lining the driveway. Outdoor flood lights can focus on an old tree or a wall fountain. Underwater lights can well illuminate and accentuate a garden pond or swimming pool. You can also add motion sensor outdoor lighting to dark areas of the landscape leading to the house.

Step 4: Determine the Power Source for the Lights

You might want to consider solar lighting. Solar lights that are charged during daytime can last for eight hours. These lights work well during summer but may not be as efficient during rainy or winter months because of having less exposure to sunlight. This is when electrical lighting comes in as an alternative.

Step 5: Check on the Power Consumption of the Lights You Have Chosen

Check the amount of power consumption of each of your lighting options. Choose energy-saving lights that can provide the same amount of lighting with less power. Halogen bulbs have longer life and consume less energy compared to incandescent bulbs. Fluorescent lights now come in a variety of color ranges, last longer, and consume less energy. LED bulbs may be more expensive, but they have a very long life and extremely low energy consumption.

Step 6: Define Your Budget

When planning for your outdoor landscape lighting, always keep your budget in mind. Consider the costs involved in the installation of the landscape lighting system, the monthly power consumption, and maintenance.