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Lighting  /  July 18, 2017

4 Landscape Lighting Tips

There is nothing better than spending time in the fresh air, especially when it is at your own home.  Whether you prefer to spend time in your backyard or frontyard, you can enhance the experience and increase safety by improving lighting.

There is nothing better than spending time in the fresh air, especially when it is at your own home.  Whether you prefer to spend time in your backyard or frontyard, you can enhance the experience and increase safety by improving lighting.  There are many different types of lighting, some eco-friendly, some traditional, some that cast a lot of light, some that are spotlights, and some that simply provide ambiance.  By adding one of a mixture of these types of lighting, you add value to your home and beauty to your landscape.  Below are 4 tips for enhancing your landscape lighting.

  1. Set a Budget
    • While you may not think of landscape lighting as the most expensive home renovation, the costs can easily add up. This is particularly true if you are adding an electrical wiring or outlets.  Set your budget at the beginning so that you can know how to plan accordingly.  There are beautiful landscape lighting options for any budget, from solar lights or twinkle lights that are basically “plug and play,” to hardwired landscape lighting that is a little more in depth.
  2. Mix It Up
    • When it comes to landscape lighting, one of the best ways to create visual interest and beauty is to vary the types of lighting. Some should serve as safety lighting and may be brighter – lighting pathways and providing visibility, while other types may be more subtle and should serve the purpose of enhancing landscape beauty and providing ambiance.  Vary the types and brightness for the most beautiful landscape lighting.
  3. Vary the Locations
    • While one giant floodlight may provide adequate lighting, it will not exactly look beautiful or enhance your landscape. The most beautifully designed lighting is placed in a variety of locations including pathways, driveways, entries, steps, decks or patios, around the pool, and more!
  4. Hire a Professional Contractor/Electrician
    • While not all landscape lighting projects will require additional electrical wiring or the expertise of an electrician, all should be completed by a qualified contractor at a minimum. Not only will a professional do a far better job at installation, but they will be able to offer their experience and guidance to help you achieve the most ideal lighting for your landscape.  And, you will know that everything has been installed safely and correctly which will give you peace of mind and improve the value of your home.

 

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