5 Tips for Landscape Lighting DesignPosted on November 20, 2017
A well-lit landscape is a thing of beauty, but it can be challenging to design on your own. With a little time and consideration, however, you can build a great outdoor lighting setup.. Here are a few tips to help you make sure your outdoor lighting is safe, warm and welcoming.
- Assess, then plan. Take a look at your existing wiring and fixtures to determine what kinds of lighting will be easy to install. Working with what you have could help you save money and get your design in place more quickly.
- Safety first! Design your landscape lights starting with features like stairs, entrances and walkways. Once you have small fixtures in these practical locations, you can branch out to accent lighting and other special features.
- Avoid lighting everything. Too many lights can make your landscape glaring or hard to navigate. Try illuminating one or two key features on your property. Keep in mind that we need less light at night: don’t make the mistake of lighting your lawn as bright as day!
- Get the right lights for the job. Bulbs range from short-lived but cheap incandescants to bright, hot halogens and expensive but efficient LEDs. You can also choose from a range of colors and intensities. Typically you’ll want brighter, more direct lights near the entry, with softer light along paths or near features you want to accent.
- Use indirect light. Outdoor lighting produces glare easily. To avoid this problem, use direct lighting only in places like your home’s entrance. Indirect lighting at a lower intensity will give you a soft glow that won’t hurt visitors’ eyes.
If designing your lighting still feels complicated, call an expert! Professional landscape experts like the ones at Pearson Sprinkler Co. can help you figure out what’s right for your home.
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