When to downlight or light up your landscape

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Light has the ability to evoke emotion and add a tasteful element of beauty when it is placed in the right spot. Needless to say, It can be very challenging, but also fun, to mount your outdoor lighting either above or below features in your garden, depending on what you are hoping to illuminate. In the end, it is all about direction. Whether you delicately place lights in your trees our strategically mount lights along a pathway, there are so many possibilities when it comes to directional lighting.

When should you light up your landscape?

Up lighting provides your backyard with alluring effects that embellish your landscape. When outdoor lights are mounted below a tree or shrub and are shined upwards, they have the ability to show off added elements of the plant or structure that is not as visible during the day.

For instance, directional lighting that is placed upwards shows the intricate details and bumps of the tree bark, the curvy structure of the branches and the gentle venation pattern of each individual leaf. When it comes to architectural structures, lighting up columns has the ability to add a dramatic effect by casting shadows against the pillars.

It is important to note that you can also up light your garden using well lights — fixtures that sit even with the level of the ground shining directional lighting onto lower sitting shrubbery. These lights are ideal for flower beds because they shine straight up highlighting the beauty of the petals.

When should you downlight your landscape?

Although it may seem like the more light you have to display your garden features at night the better, sometimes less is actually more when it comes to lighting. Outdoor seating is a perfect feature to consider downlighting. Usually benches and chairs are not as pleasing to the eye so when you cast a subtle shadow, usually underneath the objects, they are highlighted enough to see in order to navigate around them, but not highlighted as something that needs to be put on display.

Use faux lighting to resemble natural lighting

One of the best and most effective form of downlighting is the beautiful hued glow of the moonlight beating down upon your garden. If the moon doesn’t always grace you with its presence, perhaps placing a light fixture high up inside your tree could offer the same aesthetic appeal that feels natural to the eye.

Patios, driveways and ponds are two ideal places that always look amazing cascaded under moonlight, while also helpful to guide you in the pitch darkness. Entertain your guests with your own moonlit sky and light up your garden the way mother nature does with some awesome directional lighting.

What are some ways that you light up or downlight your garden? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

Questions to ask yourself when selecting the right outdoor lighting

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People install outdoor lighting for a variety of different reasons — style, security and safety — but before you invest the time and money into exterior home lighting, it is important to ask yourself the right questions. Answering these questions will allow you to make a plan to achieve the best lighting effects for your home or garden.

What is the style of your home?

Whether you have a small townhome porch or a vast outdoor garden, your lighting needs to match surroundings.

The first step to achieving the right outdoor ambience is to consider the style, colors and proportions of your home. Is your living space modern or traditional? Does it have any colored siding or roofing? What are the tonal colors of the finishes? How tall is your architecture? Once you address all these questions, purchasing outdoor lighting will be much easier.  

Where should you add some light?

One of the keys to using lighting to your advantage is to know where it should be placed throughout your exterior space. Well your home probably already possesses a porch light, adding some directional lighting can really help to illuminate your surroundings. Do you have a nice pond or flower garden as well? No problem. Invest in some underwater pond lights or some path lighting to guide your guests along your beautiful backyard walkways.  

How much lighting is too much lighting?

When it comes to lighting, more light does not necessarily mean better light. Exterior lighting choices are essential to creating the right backyard ambience. More light can typically cause a harsh glare making your outdoor space uninviting. When you choose your outdoor lighting fixtures, consider placing some low voltage bulbs. Not only are they more energy efficient, eco-friendly choices, but they also provide your home or garden with a softer flow that can deliver the perfect amount of illumination.

How important is it to have energy efficiency lighting?

While you have many choices for energy-efficient lighting, it is important to find the bulbs for your lighting needs.

Your outdoor lighting shines and glows far longer than any indoor lighting throughout the day, especially in the darker, winter months of the year. In the long run, saving energy by using better light bulbs will put money back into your pocket. While LEDs are more expensive to purchase, they last far longer than other traditional light bulbs on the market and they work far better for individuals that live in cooler climates.

Are there any other questions that you need answered before selecting the right outdoor lighting for home? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

 

Why it is important to get your kids involved with the garden

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Spending time outdoors with your kids can sometimes prove be challenging, especially when it seems that they are more interested in staring at their screens. Yet when you ponder the potentialities of outdoor activity choices, typically gardening is not one that comes to mind. Although a kids garden may need your patience, it could be a surprising way to get outdoors and pave the way to teach your children healthy living skills.

Growing produce   

If you truly want to know what you are putting into your body, growing your own fruits and vegetables is the only way to assure quality. Not to mention it is the most nutritious thing you could do for your daily diet. Its unbeatable taste is just one of the many benefits of having your own garden.

Another benefit is the opportunity to teach your kids how to plant and sustain their very own fruits and vegetables. This is an excellent way to connect them with their food source all while being surrounded by nature. Knowing exactly where your food is coming from is also a great way to teach your kids healthy eating habits. It is no secret that concerns have been raised over the pesticides and toxins that can be found on produce at the store.

Needless to say a kids garden would be an enticing way to put them in the driver’s seat and give them complete control over what goes into their bodies.    

It could be a work of art

While watching the garden flourish can be rewarding, there are plenty of other benefits to hours spent planting.

Think of your garden as a blank canvas that is waiting to be painted on by your children. Surrounding your garden with lights is an excellent way to deliver a show stopping glow. Perhaps your kids also have an action figure collection? Using old toys is another great way to get creative with the family. For example, let’s say your kids loved Smurfs characters. You could use the old toys to replicate the Smurf village. Now wouldn’t that be fun!

What do you think? Should kids learn how to garden? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below.