Get inspired by these illuminated water features

Whether you are already planning your next landscape design project or looking for some inspiration to get started, water features are a great garden addition to consider. We have selected some stunning fountain, pool and waterfall ideas that are sure to add charm and serenity to your outdoor space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top landscape lighting effects for your garden

Lighting plays a key role in landscape design. However, lighting should be used strategically to preserve the natural beauty. Rather than lighting the whole garden, which can look artificial, create pools of light around key features plants, trees or a water feature while balancing dark, unlit areas.

To achieve stunning results, you can take advantage of some popular lighting techniques. Below are some methods for achieving the lighting effects commonly seen in professionally designed gardens. You can apply these techniques to your landscape, as they work with any style. Just choose the effects that works best with your space and features.

The technique of uplighting involves placing a directional fixture close to the trunk of a tree and directing the light upward. This effect emits a soft moon-like glow to the tree.

 

Not surprisingly, downlighting is the opposite of uplighting. The fixture is placed elevated above the object rather than below it. Smaller trees benefit from this technique, as it casts light through the tree below.

 

Silhouetting lights a vertical surface behind an object resulting in a dark outline of the object. This technique is effective for bringing the focus to an object, like a tree or plant located close to a wall.

 

If you place a directional lighting fixture in front of an object, it will cast a shadow on the surface behind it. This technique is known as shadowing. Play around with the size of the shadow by adjusting the distance of the light fixture in relation to the object. The further the light source, the smaller the shadow.

 

Lighting adds a special effect when fixtures are placed under the water. Well lighting contributes to a warmer ambience and a reflective water surface. Add colored lenses for a creative and dramatic look. The same effects can be applied to ponds, fountains or any other water feature.

 

Pathway lighting is helpful when lighting paths and walkways for security purposes. The paths should be completely visible but not too bright to cause glare or pollution. Low-level lighting will deter intruders and illuminate dark areas while preventing a severe glare.

 

In addition to creating dazzling views, appropriate garden lighting also creates a safer environment around your home, particularly when it comes to deck lighting. Add a beautiful design fixture while illuminating steps, deck edges and changes in elevation for safety.


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Accent Lighting to Make Your Landscape Stand Out

Want to know why your neighbor’s yard attracts your attention every time you pass it? Most likely, it’s because of the accent lighting. Accent lighting illuminates and beautifies landscapes with its subtle glow and soft hues. It highlights the best areas and provides an atmosphere to which onlookers gravitate.

Your exterior lighting creates the atmosphere for your landscape. Once the sun fades and the moon glows in the night sky, accent lights will make your yard come alive. Your properly lit landscape can become the envy of your neighbors and the talk of the town. And thankfully, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to get the look you want.

Beauty

There are many reasons to add accent lights to your landscape and beauty is one of the top. Is there a tree, fountain, pond, or an object that brings the entire landscape together? It’s important to direct the accent lights toward the special features of the garden so people can see them when the sun goes down. Even a beautiful rose garden can be the subject of illumination. Be careful not to accent the entire landscape, though. Sometimes too much is a recipe for disaster. If you accent too many features, it will confuse the eye and take the focus away from the objects you are highlighting. Keep it simple and make sure your accent lights are positioned to add, and not distract.

Safety

Accent lighting is also very helpful for safety and security reasons. In fact, the lights can serve a dual purpose if they are positioned correctly. Lighting that flanks the driveway will look beautiful and also provide illumination at night for walkers. Other safety lights will illuminate the area enough to ward off intruders since most thieves prefer to work in dark places.

Consider accent lights for the areas where people walk and congregate. Steps, walkways, paths, driveways, decks and patios are all ideal locations for a little accent lighting to keep the yard safe and secure.

Types

Landscape lighting comes in a variety of types but generally homeowners choose from LED, solar and low-voltage. All offer an inexpensive alternative to traditional lighting. Solar lights will be the easiest to install because there are no wires.

Home Value

Accent lighting will not only beautify your landscape, but it will also add value to your home. Landscaped yards can add thousands of dollars to your home’s sale price and set you apart from the competition in your neighborhood. Curb appeal is one of the top criteria on buyers’ minds and a beautiful landscaped space sets the stage for a great home tour. When buyers see a manicured lawn with attention to detail, they automatically assume you gave the same level of consideration to the inside of the home. They will feel settled as a result and if they like the home, a sale may be imminent.