When a home’s landscaping is complete, a homeowner can next think about lighting. Whether for the house or garden, lighting can make a huge difference. Without it, architecture can look formidable, and pathways can be difficult to follow. Whether for the backyard or the front yard, there are several landscape lighting tips to follow.
Establish Electrical Outlets
Long before achieving those stunning light effects, one first needs to establish the foundational elements. You will need to make sure that you have enough electrical outlets to hook up the fixtures. If not, you’ll need an electrician to install them. Often, outlets are at the top right and left corners of the facade.
Next, it’s time to outline what you want to highlight with your landscape lighting. Consider what the focal points are in your front and back yards. It could be a tree, the facade, an unusual feature of the house, a fountain, or pergola. Also list what traffic areas need illumination. Your deck stairs, sitting wall, or pathway may be applicable.
Choose Up or Down
Naturally, our minds are used to light coming downward, as from the moon or the sun, which is why downlighting is popular. However, if you do not have tall trees closeby, uplighting may be the way to go. A combination can create a nice balance.
Determine Brightness and Color
The light bulbs themselves can differ in intensity and temperature. While halogen and fluorescent light bulbs are still options, LED lights are becoming standard. They are low-energy and long-lasting. Meanwhile, you can choose the temperature of your lighting based on its Kelvin value. From higher to lower, the bulbs can produce bluish to yellowish to whitish lights. You will want to choose whatever color will bring out the color of the highlighted material. Plants, for example, can look bluish-green with a 4200K light.
Hire Professional Help
The right landscape lighting can turn a dark landscape into a glowing oasis and an obscured house into a neighborhood feature. It will illuminate the unique features of the property without glaring into other people’s windows. If you need expert lighting design and installation for your home, call Michael Bryan Landscapes today.
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