Proper Landscape Lighting Design

Great outdoor lighting design depends on
thoughtfully considering a variety of key elements and then blending them into
a seamless whole with targeted results, but where should you start? Proper
landscape design starts with addressing all basic design objectives that means
safety, security, usability, and the overall aesthetics of your property for
example, from a safety and security perspective driveways and walkways
should be properly illuminated especially at any elevation change each
step and all entry points. Usability refers to your desire to enjoy the
features of your property to their fullest extent at any hour of the day or
night from an aesthetic standpoint the architectural aspects of your home as
well as the surrounding trees and landscape should be highlighted in a
tasteful understated way to complement the style and features of your home.
Overall you should make sure that the effect of your lighting design doesn’t
create bright spots cause glare intrude on how you live on the inside or outside
of your home or bother anyone else. Your design should also be a cohesive unit
bright spots or dark spots stand out dramatically when you have a landscape
lighting system on your property. You want your scenery to flow seamlessly
with only slight elevations of light levels on focal points or entryways and
there’s much more to consider beyond the basics just installing up lights and
path lights don’t do your home justice a great lighting designer takes advantage
of all of the tools available to create the best possible scene.
Down lighting, hardscape lighting, wall washing, and deck lighting are just some
of the many ways to add creativity and unique visual effects up lights paths
and area lights do have their place and will usually be the cornerstone of any
design, but don’t be afraid to look up or under or sideways to get the best
source of light for your property.The onset of LED has been a game-changer
almost any existing design can now be changed or added on to whether it’s
essentially good or whether it needs some corrections due to poor initial design
or plant growth the reduced wattage of LED allows for additional fixtures or
lamp changes in almost any system. Making such improvements or adjustments can
easily take and elevate your existing lighting system from below average to
great. The last key elements to a great design
is using the light source wisely to stay within budgetary constraints you may not
be able to get everything you want within your budget but using the proper
fixtures selecting the proper design element direction of light and using the
proper brightness level and beam spreads allow you to make the most of any
lighting systems as you consider all of these elements of great outdoor lighting
design keep this in mind it’s better to properly light one section of your
property instead of trying to stretch too far. If you compromise basic lighting
principles you really can end up shortchanging an entire design

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