How to Incorporate Pendant Lighting into Your Landscape

Pendant lighting is a type of light that suspends from a ceiling or roof area. It is most often used to illuminate patios, porches and entryways. Pendant lights are known for their aesthetic value and their ability to not only illuminate a space, but also to add a layer of elegance, sophistication and style to a backyard. Pendant lights give homeowners the chance to bring their indoor décor to the outdoors to offer a seamless transition to their landscapes.

Pendant lights must be hung from a sturdy ceiling; the higher the better. Homeowners also use them to light outdoor islands when they are part of backyard kitchens. They are a great feature over granite or marble and make the colors pop.

Selections

There are many pendant lights from which to choose. Glass pendants are very popular because they are traditional, yet modern, and they offer a timeless appeal. They also come in varying colors so the light passing through the shade appears colored. Hand-blown glass is popular as well as crystal pieces. Pendants also come in fabric shades, which are not as popular because they do not offer as much light as glass. However, they are less fragile and well-suited where bright illumination is not a major concern.

Pendant lights also come in a variety of metals such as antique brass, brushed nickel, steel, and chrome. The type of metal you choose is important because it must match the overall décor of the space. If you are leaning towards a rustic style, the brushed varieties will be a good choice. If you are a modern homeowner who likes contemporary finishings, the polished steel look will add to the space nicely without overpowering it.

Design

Pay attention to your overall décor when choosing the pendant lights. Because they come in so many shapes, sizes and styles, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or choose a fixture based on interests alone. When choosing your lights, bring along with you a picture of the space and your indoor décor. Ask a salesperson for help if you are confused. This step is one of the most important because pendant lights are more decorative than functional and they must match the style of the space and not clash with it.

Covered Areas

Pendant lights are also exquisite in covered spaces around the garden. Add them to covered walkways and paths to illuminate gardens and foliage. Coordinate your pendant lights with your landscape lighting so both do not illuminate too brightly, but complement each other nicely.

Consider pendant lights as an extension of your personal style and a feature that adds an extra design element. Pendant lights will never go out of style and you can get as creative as you want with the shades and fixtures. Spend some time researching the lights online and don’t rush the decision. Plan properly, and when you are ready they will be worth the wait.

10 Lighting Technique Ideas for Your Landscape

Wondering which lighting technique to use for your landscape design? It’s a tough, but fulfilling road for homeowners who desire to transform the look of their landscape with lighting. With hundreds of techniques from which to choose, designing can turn into an arduous task instead of a rewarding experience.

To make your process a little easier, we outlined some of the top lighting techniques below. They are commonly used in all types of landscape designs and styles. From zen gardens to elaborate Tuscan features, each technique has its place in form and function.

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

Downlighting – Downlighting is similar to uplighting but the fixture is placed elevated above the object. The smaller trees would benefit from this technique since it casts light through the tree below.

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

Grazing – Grazing involves placing a fixture against a textural wall about 6” away from it to intensify its texture. The beam is directed up or down and often used along brick or stone walls.

Shadowing – If you place a 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 fixture in relation to the object. The further away the fixture, the smaller the shadow.

Lighting Water – Fountains should be featured in landscape designs with lighting adding a special effect when fixtures are placed under the water. Fountain 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 or any other water feature.

Moonlighting – Moonlighting is evident when a fixture is hidden inside a tree and positioned downward to dance through the branches. The more elevated the fixture, the greater the tranquil effect on the object.

Walkway/Pathway Lighting – This technique 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. Consider illuminating any dark areas so intruders are not tempted to approach your property. Low-level lighting will deter criminals and illuminate dark areas while preventing a severe glare.

Spread Lighting – Spread lighting is the perfect accompaniment to greenery or flowers that are low to the ground. The fixtures evenly disperse the light throughout the area of focus. Fully-shielded fixtures are best for the absence of glare, but a partial shield will be the best choice to illuminate larger areas with deeper foliage.

Deck Lighting – Design and safety go hand in hand with deck lighting. Add a beautiful design fixture while illuminating steps, deck edges and changes in elevation for safety.

Any one of these techniques will enhance and provide a safer environment for all who live in your home.

How to Create a Modern Oasis with your Landscape Lighting

Looking for a way to modernize your landscape design?

Amidst the traditional backdrops and outdated scenery, you can “rev” up your space with sleekness and sophistication and inject a contemporary feel without much effort. A modern design will not only make you feel like you finally stepped into the 21st century, but it will also add so much character and life to your  home. Regardless of the size of your home or the space with which you have to work, modern updates will help to create a more contemporary style to match the times.

Where to Begin

The first step is to decide the purpose for your landscape. Do you want more practicality? Are you interested in keeping up with the Joneses? Do you have some modern features already built in that need to be featured? Once you devise a purpose for your space, you can come up with a plan that will help you meet your goal. What do you want the end result to look like? Without a clear purpose as to what your end goal is, your process will be muffled and you may not get the results you desire.

Contemporary Designs

Your lighting should look modern and sleek. If you prefer the modern touches, avoid lighting in old-fashioned styles like lanterns. These finishes are beautiful, but not in a modern landscape design. You will find sleeker designs if you look for lighting with stainless steel or chrome finishes or even cast aluminum with a smooth finish like our LED Tulip Landscape Light.

If you want to modernize your space even more, consider arranging the lighting in a modern way. Typically, the less ornamentation and clutter, the more modern the space will be. Space out your lighting fixtures so they are not too close together and keep everything clean and minimal. Install lighting around your patio or garden area to make your landscape the envy of many, yet completely functional as well.

Modern spaces contain horizontal and vertical lines. Swirls, circles and ornate details will edge you away from the contemporary look and bring your design into more traditional. Keep it simple and you will be much happier.

Lighting Type

The design of your lighting, though important, is not the only element of a modern landscape design. Pay close attention to the type of lighting as well. For a contemporary touch, LED lights are a great choice. Consider LED string lighting or even adding a color. Be careful, though, not to add too much color all at once. It can create a more chaotic look and pull from your sleek, modern design. White lights are the cleanest looking choice with one or two colors to add extra emphasis in featured areas.

Whatever you do, be careful not to overdo it. Modern design is all about simple and subtle looks with sleek finishes. The simplest additions can sometimes be the most effective and adding too much at one time can create more clutter than sophistication.

How have you created a modern landscape design with your lighting? Please share!