Landscape Lighting Design Tips to Get the Creative Juices Flowing

Contrary to what you many people think, a large number of homeowners do not know where to begin when it comes to landscape lighting design. They know they want to illuminate their yard but they don’t know what will work with their landscape and how the entire design will mesh together.

Landscape lighting design should be a fun experience even though it requires some work. Regard the process as a learning experience and a chance to create a new atmosphere for your landscape. The end goal will make the entire process worth everything you invested into it.

If you are feeling a little creatively challenged, try some of these pointers:

Features

Observe your landscape during the day and notice the features that would look beautiful when illuminated. Remove your bias about what you see in catalogs and in pictures and imagine each feature with a soft glow or a spotlight.

Here are some places where lighting will enhance the landscape:

  • Walkways
  • Driveways
  • Pathways
  • Patios
  • Decks
  • Steps
  • Rocks
  • Trees and shrubs
  • Borders

Evening Research

Once you complete your daytime research, observe your landscape in the evening and use a flashlight to illuminate the areas you listed from the previous step. Notice how they look when lit and the shadows and glows they cast on objects around them. Use varying beam widths if you have them and different light strengths. Play around with colors as well.

Position the flashlight in different areas and uplight a tree or spotlight a water feature. Add a glow to water to see the reflection it casts. Shine a light on one feature and observe how nearby elements are affected. You may notice you prefer a stronger beam in certain areas and a weaker beam in others.

Write your ideas as soon as possible so you don’t forget. It will be helpful to have someone to assist you since you will be in the dark. Have your helper follow you around the yard and write your thoughts. Walk around your landscape several times since you are bound to miss an important feature if you are not concentrating. Step back after you complete this step and have someone shine the flashlight on the areas you chose so you can view how the lighting looks from more than one angle.

Draw a blueprint of your yard and place a marker at each area you chose to illuminate. List the type of light as well, whether spotlight, solar, low-voltage and the direction the fixtures will emit the light. This plan will aid you during your purchase process.

More Research

If you need more ideas, consult with a professional or search online. Visit DIY sites and related forums where homeowners will be more than happy to share their experiences. Ask a lot of questions before you dive in. Be prepared before you tackle the project so no unnecessary mishaps try to steal your flow. Good luck!

 

Are you Feeling Overwhelmed with Your Landscape Lighting Design?

With so much information out there on how to add lighting to your landscape, it can become quite confusing to know how to bring it all together. You may have hundreds of pictures, talked to friends and family and you still feel like you are no closer to your goal.

It’s true that there are literally thousands of directions you could take with your landscape lighting design, but the best choice will be based on a few important factors. If you are the pen and paper list-making type, you will want to take notes. Additionally, speak to a skilled professional who has designed hundreds of landscapes. Since there are so many issues to solve when designing landscape lighting, they will have solid advice on how to work within the confines of your space.

When selecting fixtures and creating an overall design, focus on the important principles first so you end up with exactly what you want.

Accents – When looking for fixtures, don’t forget those that will accent beautiful features like fountains, rare trees and special areas. Use these focal points to “wow” your guests and offer a sense of awe when looking at your landscape.

Cohesion – Do all of the lighting fixtures work well together? Does each light flow seamlessly to the next? Envision the overall feel of your design and choose fixtures that work well together. Even when lighting focal points, ensure the spotlights match the overall look and feel of the whole.

Depth – Add three-dimensional effects by illuminating design elements near and far from your landscape. When you pull up to your driveway, the depth of your lighting will show how far your eyes can see. Pay attention to the effects you want as far as lighting distance is concerned before you select your fixtures.

Balance –Unless you are going for a chaotic look, opt for symmetry with your lighting. The proportions should be similar so the eye can look at the entire design as one cohesive whole while still being pulled to various accented features.

Different perspectives – One light may look amazing from a certain vantage point, but how does it look if you walk 10 feet in another direction? When designing your lighting, consider the point of view of each angle and all vantage points. A light may create a subtle effect on one side but blind another person on the other. Consistency is the name of the game. Ask friends and family to help you and have them walk around the property and even inside the home to ensure no lights are blinding or hitting areas they shouldn’t. Take special note of how the light hits your neighbor’s property as well.

Mood – If you are going for an overall mood, pay attention to how much light is emitted from a particular fixture. Look at narrow and broad beams as well as the direction, whether down lighting or up lighting.

Once you understand these important elements, you can plan out your design and execute it carefully. Speak to a professional if you need clarification. In some home improvement stores, knowledgeable salespeople can also provide assistance.

 

Tips on Where to Begin with Landscape Lighting

Congratulations on deciding to beautify your landscape with lighting! Lighting is one of the simpler methods to changing the entire look of a landscape without much effort. The effects can make a huge difference and upgrade the look and feel of your outdoor oasis.

If you are new around here and you are just toying with the idea of adding some elegant lighting to your landscape, you are in the right place. Some people want to jump in and do their entire garden, walkway, patio and surrounding area all at once, while others like to take it one step at a time. In this article, we will cover the three basic areas that are often lit to provide not only a safe environment, but also a dash of elegance and sophistication to any landscape.

Gather Ideas

Before you dive in, gather some ideas and concepts you like. Look through magazines or online websites to discover your personal style and the overall look and feel you want to achieve with your landscape lighting design. Take notes and cut out any pictures you like and collect them to show to a contractor or for your own personal reference when selecting lighting fixtures.

Garden

Your prize azaleas and award-winning rose bushes should be highlighted in all of their glory. Lighting can enhance and illuminate the areas on which you want to focus. Our LED Directional Bullet Light is perfect for up-lighting any flower garden, bush or smaller area. The 360 degree rotating shroud offers superior movement so you can change the direction at any time. Solar lights will also work well to accent any garden element.

Walkway

Walkway lighting is one of the safer methods to achieving a complete landscape lighting design. In addition, walkway lights can add a warm glow to your design and create an elegant path for walking. Too many or too few lights can either be too unsafe or appear too cluttered. Keep the lights at a close enough distance to ensure adequate light for safety reasons without cluttering the walkway with too many fixtures. You can either keep them parallel or stagger them on either side to create a more random look. Use colors to enhance the walkway, such as amber or soft yellows. Be careful not to use too many colors, though, as your design can appear chaotic. One color per walkway will suffice.

Patio or Porch

The patio area allows for extreme creativity since a diverse variation of lighting is available. You can add stair or post lights for safety and a more updated look. Or use decorative lighting on walls or spotlights to accent plants and flowers. The sky’s the limit with what you can add to your porch area. If you take a look at what elements you want to highlight you will have a starting point from which to work. Include safety features as well, for this is one of the most important elements of a landscape.