A Comprehesive Outdoor Lighting Guide

As a homeowner who loves the outdoors, I work hard at choosing the right shrubs and flowers for my outdoor areas. but there’s one aspect of landscaping that I sort of forgot, and  just now started paying attention to it. I’m talking about the lights that come on when night Falls. Without landscape lights, the beautifully planned plants and flowers just disappear. landscaping lights bring the whole look together. They give you that wow factor your outside areas need. I guess you could say it is like adding the finishing touches to an already great design. So you need to make the most of your investment by adding the right kind of landscape lighting.

1. Add More than Just a few Solar Lights

Many people think about adding a few solar lights down the walkway, and they believe that this will take care of their lighting needs. But in reality to make an outdoor area stand out, you need to create a mood and an atmosphere, and to do that you need good lighting. It is the mixture of different lighting types and styles that turns your daytime landscaped area into a magical and wonderous place at night.

2. Figure Out What Use the Space Has In the Evening

Before you go out and buy landscape lighting willy-nilly, sort of like what I did. You should first think about what you want to create. Is your goal simply to eliminate the pathways and patios, or maybe you want to highlight certain architectural features of your home, ensuring that these can be seen from the street.

Or maybe, you’re simply adding landscape lighting to increase your home security and not necessarily to give it aesthetic appeal. These are all considerations you need to make before you buy expensive Lighting systems.

3. Cover the Basics

Before you go for style you really need to cover all of your basic lighting needs. these include:

  • Entryways
  • Driveways
  • Steps
  • Patios
  • and any unique architectural feature you want to illuminate

4. Consider Using LED Lights

Outdoor light fixtures can be expensive so you want to make them last as long as possible. use LED landscape lighting when possible as these can give you many years of use. LED lighting offers versatility and durability, Plus they can save you substantially on your electricity bill.

5. Add Both Task and Accent Lighting

Add visual interest to your lighting system by making your light fixtures efficient and practical but at the same time visually interesting. Using these multiple Lighting systems within the yard area creates a fuller well-designed look.

6. Wait Until Night to Place Outdoor Lighting

If you position your lights during the day you won’t get the full view of what your trees, shrubs, bushes, and house will look like at night. you also run the risk of placing a light in the wrong position and shining it into a neighbor’s window or door. to avoid these problems try placing your life in the evening, at dusk or at night.

You also run the risk of misplacing a light and shining light into a window or door of your home, for example, when the intent was for a softer highlight of your home’s exterior.

7. Avoid Outdoor Light Pollution

Light pollution can ruin the effect of your landscape lighting project and typically happen in the following ways:

  • Shining light directly into someone’s eyes
  • Shining light directly on your neighbors home or windows
  • Using too much lighting that creates glare or washes out the night sky

8.Place your Lighting on Timers

If you are like me, you may forget to turn off your outdoor lights at night or in the early morning. Set your lighting to timers and dimmers, so that you keep the lights on for only a portion of the night.

Bottom Line

These are just a few of the things you can start to do to give your outdoor areas that truly dramatic effect. The ideas herein where given to us by one of the professional  landscaping Springfield Lakes compaies I have worked with.