Illuminating Important Elements of Your Outdoor Spaces

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It’s that time of the year again when we start showing some much-needed love to our outdoor spaces in preparation for the warmer months to come. If you have a green thumb, that may mean planning your upcoming spring gardening. If you’re a barbecue aficionado, it may mean refinishing your deck. If you love to entertain guests over cocktails and canapés outdoor, it may mean sprucing up your patio décor. Although many of us relish moments spent outside soaking up the sunshine and breathing in that fresh spring air, we don’t end up making the most of our outdoor spaces at night due to a lack of adequate landscape lighting.

Why Should You Illuminate Your Landscape?

In addition to allowing you to enjoy the beauty of your garden at night, proper lighting can make your property feel more inviting to guests. Exterior lighting can also decrease the likelihood of accidents and detract intruders and trespassers, making your home safer during the night.

What Elements of Your Outdoor Space Should You Illuminate?

Flower Beds: Continue to enjoy your beautiful blooms even after sunset by installing landscape lighting. Rather than flooding your planting beds with light, strategically place your fixtures to create pockets of light that focus on a particular area. This way, the eye is readily drawn from one focal point to the next.

Trees: Since they are a natural center of attraction in many yards, trees are the ideal element to illuminate at night. You can get quite creative when it comes to lighting trees as you can highlight their various angles, patterns, and parts, such as the base, trunk, or branches with directional lighting, which can result in a multitude of equally-stunning results.

Walls and Facades: Show off the stunning detail craftsmanship of your garden walls and home facade at night. For instance, you can highlight the interesting textures of a rock wall by positioning well lights and even step-deck lights near the base to achieve a grazing effect.

Walkways: Path lighting makes your walkways safer and more welcoming at night by guiding your guests to your front door. Rather than choosing lights that bathe the entire area in light, use fixtures that feature a canopy so that the light travels downward so that your friends and family can see their steps and the ground.

Steps: If your front porch or deck features stairs, use lights designed specifically for that purpose to lead them up the steps safely. You can also use them in conjunction with patio lights to create a warm space.

Water features: Not only can lighting make your water features viewable at night, but they also transform this decorative feature and create a dreamy atmosphere. You can use underwater pond lights to create a romantic glow or use them as in-ground well lights to provide soft illumination.

What are your landscape lighting plans for this season? Tell us in the comments section below.

5 Foolproof Ideas to Make Your Home Stand Out This Spring

5 Foolproof Ideas to Make Your Home Stand Out

Your home’s exterior and landscaping are what passersby and potential homebuyers first see, so curb appeal can go a long way to increase your property’s worth and wow your neighbors, not to mention that it can instill in you a profound sense of satisfaction. No matter the reason(s) you want to make your home stand out, here are five foolproof ways of doing so.

Spruce Up Your Lawn

Spring is just around the corner, and you couldn’t ask for a better time to give your landscaping a boost. If you have neglected your lawn, you can give it a greener appearance by re-sodding the bare spots, removing pesky weeds, applying fertilizer, and watering it regularly.

Plant Flowers for a Boost of Color

Flowers not only add vibrant color to your yard, but they also attract fluttery creatures such as butterflies and birds, making your yard livelier. If you don’t like to do a lot of yard work, a flowerbed with perennials that bloom every year is an excellent, inexpensive idea.

Give Your Siding a Good Clean

Before you get to cleaning your siding, make sure that you have repaired any damage, such as cracked boards or trims, that, over time, can make your investment vulnerable to moisture infiltration. Get into the habit of cleaning your siding yearly to remove any grit or grime that has accumulated on the surfaces. Using warm, soapy water, trisodium phosphate (TSP), and a soft-bristled brush, work in sections scrubbing your siding and rinse as you complete each section.

Add Colorful Accents

There are many ways to add personality to your garden other than garden gnomes. You could add an inexpensive wind spinner, a beautiful hand-crafted garden statue, or a whimsical wind chime to add color and an element of fun to your yard.

Add Outdoor Lighting

If your outdoor lighting consists of that sole porch light, it’s time to change things up. After all, you’ve spruced up your lawn, planted flowers, given your siding a good scrub and rinse, and even added colorful accents. Highlight the results of all your hard work and feel that sense of pride and accomplishment even after it starts to get dark by installing outdoor lighting on your property.

How do you plan on boosting your property’s curb appeal this spring? Tell us in the comments section below!

How to Use Outdoor Lighting to Increase Curb Appeal at Night

Pride of ownership is evident when you come across a beautiful, well-maintained home, surrounded by a tastefully landscaped garden. If you’re a homeowner who’s worked diligently at the upkeep and improvement of your property and its grounds, using outdoor lighting can help you show off their beauty well past sunset.

Highlight decorative elements, plants, and shrubs

If your home features architectural details such as an intricate column or if your garden boasts an exquisite statue or fountain that you’re particularly proud of, using directional lighting, such as our stunning Brass Low Voltage Directional Lighting, pointed in the direction of the element you want to accentuate will make it stand out at night.

To highlight the texture of a stone or brick wall, you can use a lighting technique known as grazing by placing your light fixtures right next to the structure with the light directed upwards, casting a delicate shadow.

You can also use spot lighting to show off impressive plants and shrubs in your yard. Use a combination of lighting techniques, such as uplighting, moonlighting, shadowing, and silhouetting to create drama. Well lighting is an excellent choice if you seek to create intrigue and would like to experiment with light and shadows.

Illuminate stairs and walkways

Well-lit pathways and stairs don’t only create a welcoming atmosphere, but they also make your space safer, preventing accidental trips in the dark and deterring potential intruders from entering your property.

By using both path lighting and step deck lighting, you can illuminate high traffic areas of your garden. While it’s important to have an adequate amount of fixtures to provide sufficient lighting for your space, be careful not to place too many lights too close together, which can result in your yard resembling a runway rather than improving nighttime curb appeal. Refer to the photo above to see a good example of how just a few lighting fixtures can beautify your walkways.

Use underwater lighting for pools and ponds

There is no denying that pools and ponds completely disappear without lighting at night. To continue to enjoy their beauty after sunset, install underwater lights that will not only add an element of playfulness and a captivating glow to your backyard but will also make sure that your water features are visible at night, preventing someone from accidentally falling into your pool.

Make sure to pick professional-quality, preferably LED, lights that are completely sealed and specifically designed to be submerged in water.

How do you use outdoor lighting to increase your property’s curb appeal at night? Tell us in the comments section below.