Not only can landscape lighting enhance your outdoor space, but it can also allow you to enjoy it into the evening hours or set a specific mood for a certain occasion. Setting up lighting haphazardly and without much thought may illuminate your space, but it probably won’t provide much else in the way of safety, convenience or overall appeal. There are some tips you can use to properly light your outdoor space whether you want to keep it simple or take it to the next level.
- Decide on your reasons for adding landscape lighting. Is the primary goal to entertain? Create a safer environment at night? Highlight certain parts of the house? You may choose a different approach to lighting depending on what you hope to achieve in your space. However, be sure to cover the basics first – pathways, entryways, driveways, steps and patio spaces.
- Sketch your yard and decide on a layout. If you go to the store and simply start buying and placing lights, chances are pretty good that you won’t accomplish any of the goals you had in mind. Some things to think about when sketching your plan other than safety and practicality are the views from inside, focal points, sense of depth and ambient lighting versus spotlighting.
- Determine how complex you want to go with your lighting. Landscape lighting which requires the most effort to install is 120-volt lighting. You’d need a licensed electrician to install these electrical components. Conversely, you could go super simple with solar lighting. There are no cords and the lights just need to be in a place where they get enough sun during the day.
- Avoid overdoing the lights by positioning them strategically. This can also help reduce glare. Outdoor lighting should be subtle and only decorative fixtures should be visible. Don’t forget to check the lighting from inside the house before permanent installation as windows can affect the amount of glare being seen.
- Consider longevity by choosing LED lighting options, which are more energy efficient and last longer. If possible, you could also set your lights to a timer. Not only will this make your life easier, but it will help reduce the possibility of a high electric bill when you continually forget to turn the lights off during the day.
- Be sure to take a step back from your home and see what your lights look like during the day and at night. Not only will this give you a different vantage point for aesthetic reasons, but it can help you see things that you might otherwise miss up close, such as light pollution. You don’t want your lights to be too bright or aimed in a way that is disruptive to neighbors.
In addition to these tips, there are lots of specific strategies when it comes to lighting your yard that can help achieve a specific result. If you have a big outdoor/landscape lighting project that you think could be beyond your expertise, Moscarino Outdoor Creations is happy to help! Trained technicians and designers provide our customers with individual consultations and a custom-designed lighting plan for your property. Call us today at 440-236-9000 or send an email to [email protected] to get started!