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.

Outdoor Lighting: What is Light Color Temperature?

Outdoor Lighting: What is Light Color Temperature?

When choosing the right lights for your outdoor environment, there is a multitude of different factors to take into consideration. For example, the wattage and the design of the lights you select will impact the effect of your landscape lighting. Another important aspect to consider when picking lighting for your outdoor space is the color temperature of the lights. Here’s an overview of what light color temperature is and how it will affect the look of your outdoor lights.

Light Color Temperature

Light color temperature is a way to describe how the light appears to the naked eye. Color temperature is measured on the Kelvin scale from 1000 to 10000. So, for example, lights that indicate they have a 2000k to 3000k range will produce warm white light while anything between 4600k and 6500k will mimic daylight in its appearance. Choosing the right light color temperature for your outdoor space is just as important as choosing the right wattage when is come to aesthetics and visibility.

The best color temperature range for outdoor lighting is warm white light or anything below 3000k. Anything above the 3000k range will give off a bluish hue that will make your outdoor space look unnatural and jarring. This is especially true of LED lights because their light quality is crisp and clear in comparison to other lighting choices, and therefore, they can have an overpowering appearance when they have a high light color temperature range. For the best outdoor lighting results, warm white LED lights are ideal.

Layering and Other Lighting Effects

In simplest terms, light layering refers to the use of highs and lows to create beauty or drama in your space. This is especially important for outdoor areas not only because layering creates different moods for different locations, but it allows you to tailor different lighting experiences for different uses. For example, you may want your pathway lighting to be brighter than that of your patio.

Additionally, if you have your pathway lights on an independent transformer from that of your patio lights, there is a wide variety of dimmers and controllers you can take advantage of to create a different look and feel for your patio space. It’s important to note that these effects only work if your color temperature is 3000k or below because anything above this would be too garish and overpowering to be orchestrated properly.

What light color temperature do you use for your landscape lighting? Do you agree that warm light looks best? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

5 Landscape Lighting Techniques

5 Landscape Lighting Techniques

Using the correct lighting technique and light fixture is crucial when installing outdoor lighting. If you’re looking to enhance your property’s curb appeal and up its wow factor, here are five landscape lighting techniques that, when combined with the appropriate lights, can help you achieve the look that you desire.

Up-lighting

Up-lighting is used to create contrast and drama. When using this technique, place your lights at the base of and closer to the item that you want to highlight; doing so will make it appear bolder and more impressive. For example, if you want to bring attention to a large tree in your yard, you can install the light fixture a few inches from its base and direct the light upwards, on the trunk or canopy for a stunning visual effect. When using this technique, opt for spotlights and well lights.

Silhouetting

This landscape lighting technique creates intrigue by using lighting to make interesting outlines or profiles. You need three elements to achieve this look: the item you want to showcase, for instance, a plant with a distinctive shape, at least one light source, and an adjacent wall, which will serve as a backdrop. Install the fixture between the item you want to feature and the wall, pointing the light in its direction, making sure that the light source itself is not visible. Similar to up-lighting, spotlights and well lights work best to create these dramatic shapes.

Shadowing

If you’re looking for a soft, moody effect, shadowing is an excellent technique to use. Employing the same three elements of silhouetting, place the light fixture at the base of the feature you want to highlight, with the light aimed directly at it to cast intriguing shadows on the wall behind it. Try this technique with trees that have delicate foliage that move with the wind, and enjoy the soft shadows and their beautiful movement as the tree sways in the breeze. Spotlights, well lights, and floodlights can help you achieve this effect.

Grazing

This technique creates drama and a luxurious effect. Using a light placed close to a textured surface such as an intricate rock wall, aim the light directly up or down the facade, which will result in a mesmerizing contrast of light and shadows as the light gently grazes the facade. Well lights and step deck lights are ideal for this captivating effect.

Moonlighting

This technique gives the impression that the moon is shining through the branches of your trees. Place the light source higher up in the trees, aiming down, which cast stunning shadow patterns on the ground. This effect works best with open-branched trees and spotlights.

What are some landscape lighting techniques that you use to play with light and shadows on your property? Tell us in the comments below!