Illuminating Important Elements of Your Outdoor Spaces

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It’s that time of the year again when we start showing some much-needed love to our outdoor spaces in preparation for the warmer months to come. If you have a green thumb, that may mean planning your upcoming spring gardening. If you’re a barbecue aficionado, it may mean refinishing your deck. If you love to entertain guests over cocktails and canapés outdoor, it may mean sprucing up your patio décor. Although many of us relish moments spent outside soaking up the sunshine and breathing in that fresh spring air, we don’t end up making the most of our outdoor spaces at night due to a lack of adequate landscape lighting.

Why Should You Illuminate Your Landscape?

In addition to allowing you to enjoy the beauty of your garden at night, proper lighting can make your property feel more inviting to guests. Exterior lighting can also decrease the likelihood of accidents and detract intruders and trespassers, making your home safer during the night.

What Elements of Your Outdoor Space Should You Illuminate?

Flower Beds: Continue to enjoy your beautiful blooms even after sunset by installing landscape lighting. Rather than flooding your planting beds with light, strategically place your fixtures to create pockets of light that focus on a particular area. This way, the eye is readily drawn from one focal point to the next.

Trees: Since they are a natural center of attraction in many yards, trees are the ideal element to illuminate at night. You can get quite creative when it comes to lighting trees as you can highlight their various angles, patterns, and parts, such as the base, trunk, or branches with directional lighting, which can result in a multitude of equally-stunning results.

Walls and Facades: Show off the stunning detail craftsmanship of your garden walls and home facade at night. For instance, you can highlight the interesting textures of a rock wall by positioning well lights and even step-deck lights near the base to achieve a grazing effect.

Walkways: Path lighting makes your walkways safer and more welcoming at night by guiding your guests to your front door. Rather than choosing lights that bathe the entire area in light, use fixtures that feature a canopy so that the light travels downward so that your friends and family can see their steps and the ground.

Steps: If your front porch or deck features stairs, use lights designed specifically for that purpose to lead them up the steps safely. You can also use them in conjunction with patio lights to create a warm space.

Water features: Not only can lighting make your water features viewable at night, but they also transform this decorative feature and create a dreamy atmosphere. You can use underwater pond lights to create a romantic glow or use them as in-ground well lights to provide soft illumination.

What are your landscape lighting plans for this season? Tell us in the comments section below.

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.