You’ve done everything you could think of to improve the curb appeal of your home. But can your work be appreciated when the night falls? Landscape lighting is not only great for improving security on our property but also plays a major role in increasing the curb appeal of your home. When done right, lighting up your landscape will help to draw attention to architectural features and other components of your landscape. Below, we share our best landscape lighting ideas to help you get started.
What is the best lighting to use for your landscape?
When choosing lighting for your landscape, you should go with low voltage lighting. This is not only safer to work with but will also cost less to install and will have a lower impact on your monthly energy bills.
How to Map Out A Plan For Your Exterior Lights
There are various elements of the landscape that you should consider when mapping out your plan for your exterior lights. Below are some tips to help achieve the best landscape lighting.
- Home façade
Use bullet lights with 12 degree beam spreads. Lights should be aimed at architectural details or the corners of the home.
You can choose to aim ground lights up into the tree’s foliage, ensuring that the light bathes the trunk. Place downlights as high as possible in the tree and ensure that beams don’t cross.
- Flower Beds
Lighting fixtures on flower beds should be placed at least 20 feet apart. Pool lights guide the viewer’s gaze from one point to the next.
- Focal Points
Use lights to draw attention to features such as fountains. Aim two or three lights at the feature and cross beams to eliminate harsh shadows.
- Garden Walls
Lights should be positioned close enough to the wall to ensure the beams can bring out the textural features of the wall.
Types of Outdoor House Lights
There are various types of outdoor lights you can incorporate in your landscape lighting design.
Lights featuring canopies mounted on posts are perfect for lighting plant beds as well as pathways.
These lights are versatile and compact. They are great for more precise lighting such as when highlighting the texture of a wall or tree trunk.
These lights diffuse light and brighten up the landscape. They are great for lighting privacy fences or boundary walls.
These waterproof lights feature a housing that can be buried in the ground. They can be placed at the base of the wall, façade or plant foliage.
These are brighter than wash lights. They are great for illuminating the façade of the house or tall trees.
These fixtures can be aimed at paths, lawns or trees.
We can Help You Bring These Ideas to Life
Are you thinking of adding lighting to your landscape? The team at Adam Gorski Landscapes can help. We offer services for landscape lighting in North Bend. Our design team will visit your property and discuss your needs with you. We will map out a functional and aesthetic lighting design for your space. Our team will handle all aspects of installation to help you achieve the best results.
Key Questions Answered
How much does it cost to install outdoor lighting?
The cost of installing outdoor lighting will depend on the type and number of lighting fixtures you have installed. The average cost of installing a 10 light system can be anything from $2000 to $2500 for example.
How much maintenance is required?
The level of maintenance required for outdoor lighting will depend on the type of fixtures used. It is important to keep leaves and debris off your lights to avoid overheating. Light bulbs should be replaced when burned out.
How long do lighting fixtures last?
This depends on the type of fixtures used. Outdoor lighting fixtures can last from between 1 to 10 years. Stainless steel, brass and copper fixtures for example, will retain their luster indefinitely when well maintained.