Outdoor Landscape Lighting
It is hard to select the right mix of plants, trees, flowers, and shrubs to landscape your yard beautifully. Many homeowners forget about landscape lighting while they are choosing their plants. When the sun goes down, you are going to want all your choices you’ve worked so hard on to display as beautifully as they did during the day. Without proper landscape lighting, your hard work cannot be enjoyed at night. There are a few tips you can follow to ensure your hard landscaping efforts don’t disappear with the daylight. The experienced experts at All Natural Streams Landscaping are available to help.
Don’t let all your hard landscape work designs disappear with the daylight. By adding the proper lighting to your landscape, it will add beauty to your evening just as it did during the day. Not only do lights in your landscape enhance the design, but they are also practical, and an added security to your home. Following these professional, creative ideas, you can improve your yard with these landscape lighting designs.
Use a Variety of Lights
Putting solar lights along your walkway is the first choice of many to add landscape lighting to their yard. While these lights are good, you will want more mood and atmosphere with your choices by using a variety of light types and styles in combination within your landscape. A mix of lighting can add a magical touch to your landscape at night.
Choose your Highlights
Choose what you want to highlight in your landscape design. Are there particular trees or shrubs that would look better lit up than others? You may have a fountain which would definitely benefit with lights or perhaps a sitting area. One concept to keep in mind with lighting is that it does not always have to shine down like the sun; it can be placed on the ground and shine up.
Cover the Basics
There are some must-haves to consider with landscape lighting. These areas should be lighted for safety and security reasons:
- Any unique architectural elements
Choosing Your Lights
The main choices for landscape lighting are your flood lights, path lights, and spotlights. Using a combination of these lights will create a more elaborate and decorative design to your property. A flood light will provide a broad beam of light to cover a large area, while the spot light will highlight a smaller area or object. The path lights will work ideally for walkways and paths.
Once you have chosen the style, you will need to decide on the type. An LED is becoming the standard as it will give you the best performance. A halogen will provide a higher intensity, whiter, and brighter light than the fluorescent. The halogen will also use more of your electricity and emit considerable heat. The fluorescent is cheaper and more energy efficient than the halogen, but there is a possible health risk associated with that choice.
Test Your Selections
Your landscape lighting will need to be checked the first night to ensure the light is shining appropriately. You will need to ensure the light does not shine into your neighbors or your own windows. Shield the sources, so those on the street see only the light and not the fixtures.
Landscape lighting will add the final balance to all your hard efforts in creating a beautiful yard design. Beautifully planned and strategically placed landscape lighting helps keep your yard a magical masterpiece both day and night.
Learn more about landscape lighting in Charlotte NC. Contact All Natural Streams Landscaping.