June 30, 2017
Outdoor lighting is a great way to improve visibility around your yard and home, but it can also be used to create a more visually inviting space. Landscape lighting, which includes several varieties, can add a level of beauty and comfort to your space that you can enjoy during any outdoor activity.
Why You Should Consider Landscape Lighting
Landscape lighting is lighting strategically placed to enhance a home or building’s best assets or landscaping. Adding landscape lighting to a property is one of the easiest ways to spruce it up and can make it immediately appear cleaner, warmer, and more valuable. You need lights outside your home to assist you when navigating at night anyways, so you might as well install lights properly, in a way that brings out your space’s best qualities. Below are some examples of landscape lighting you can apply to your property to make it more visually appealing.
Landscape Lighting Options
Path and walkway lights: Lining a path or walkway with lights will make it more well-lit and safer to travel, but will also add a polished look. Path and walkway lights are usually individual fixtures on stakes that can be inserted into the ground to fit the shape and size on any walkway. These fixtures come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and bulb options to best fit the style of your home.
Uplighting: In uplighting, fixtures are placed at or below ground level to shine upwards. This method can be used to highlight trees, tall plants, doors, architectural columns, or statues.
Downlighting: In downlighting, the lighting fixtures are mounted high up on a structure or in a tree to shine downward. Downlighting is ideal for showing off plants low to the ground, outdoor seating, or patios.
Moonlighting: In one method of downlighting called moonlighting, a light is placed high up in a tree to shine through the branches to mimic the look of moonlight. The shadows of branches and leaves cast look great over a lawn, driveway, patio, or pool.
Spotlights: Spotlights can be installed in a number of places, to directly shine a light on an object such as a doorway, plant, structure, or entire home. Spotlighting is less subtle and more direct than uplighting or downlighting.
Deck lighting: Deck lights are a great way to add soft and inviting lighting to your deck space. Deck lights can be installed directly on top of or on the side of posts, on or under handrails and on or under each stair. Deck lighting is highly customizable, depending on the shape, size and look of your deck.
Pool lights: If you have a pool, you can install lights inside or around your pool so your night time swims are well-lit and safe.
Installation of Landscape Lighting
With any of these options, you’ll want to be sure to install them tastefully to enhance your home’s features. Just because you prefer one type of lighting, does not mean it will be the best fit for your home. You can incorporate more than one type of landscape lighting into your property but should be aware that it is possible to overdo lighting by including too many types, or too much lighting in general, which will create a harsh and uninviting look. Landscape lighting is generally safe but can present some safety issues, especially if not installed correctly. There can be a tripping or injury hazard if wires are exposed or if fixtures are in or on the ground where people walk. Be sure avoid installing light fixtures in areas where children play or directly in a path or area people walk through. Landscape lighting will also need maintenance and cleaning to ensure it is working effectively. Dirt, pollen, and dust can build up on these fixtures, making them look dirty, and potentially inhibiting them from providing enough light. Be sure to have your lights checked out by a professional if they go out, flicker or make noises. Of course, outdoor lighting also uses electricity, so if you are trying to cut back on your electricity bill, landscape lighting may not be right for you. Alternatively, you can choose LED bulbs, which use much less electricity than typical bulbs and have a longer lifespan.
You may be able to install some landscape lighting fixtures on your own, but for more difficult jobs, you should contact a professional. They will be able to assist you in picking which types of lighting work best with your home, as well as safely and effectively installing whatever you choose – call Reliable Electrical Services today!
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