Chances are, you have put quite a bit of work into making sure your yard looks great. However, what the space looks like at night is just as important as what it looks like when the sun is shining. This is true for aesthetic and safety reasons.
While you can install a few floodlights to provide the needed illumination, these are boring and can be unsightly. If you are looking for a better solution, that adds style to the space, consider the landscape lighting tips here.
Light Up Your Pathways
Install a few low-watt bulbs on each side of the path or walkway that leads to your front (or back) door. This will not only be aesthetically appealing, but also create a sense of interest. Even better, it will increase safety and make sure that you and your guests will be able to get across your property without incident.
Do you have interesting or colorful plants in your garden? If so, these should be illuminated. You can place lights to illuminate certain aspects of your garden and help them stand out from the crowd of plants and other features. This helps to create a focal point in your yard, as well, which can be aesthetically appealing.
Do you love to entertain? If so, you should make sure you have adequate party lighting in place. You can add light fixtures in or around trees, as well as around your patio or space where you plan to gather. Using wall sconces and other similar fixtures is great for creating the “mood” for socializing.
Minimize Your Light Pollution
Even though it is important that you illuminate your property, you don’t want to use lighting fixtures that can be seen halfway down the street. Instead, choose lower watt bulbs and make sure they are thoughtfully placed around your yard. You may also want to use fixtures that have shielding or reflectors to concentrate the light to certain areas. This will allow you to maintain control of the lighting and where it will go.
LED and Halogen Bulbs
Today, the most popular option for landscape lighting is LED bulbs. There are a number of reasons this lighting option is becoming so popular. They don’t use much energy and can last for as long as 20 years. When it comes to lighting in your landscape, they can pose a few issues. They are more costly, which means they aren’t suited to line your walkway because of how many you would need. They can also give off a harsh, cold light that isn’t as attractive to use outside. If you want to create a warm glow, choose halogen bulbs, which have a color temperature of approximately 3000 K.
If you want to create a great looking outdoor space, even after the sun goes down, then utilizing the right landscape lighting is essential. If necessary, hire the professionals to help with this.