How to Illuminate Your Yard with Landscape Lighting
Even a simple backyard or dining area can pass for a stylish hangout with the right landscape lighting. New and more inventive lighting solutions are developed and sold every year, but what do you do with all the tools available to you? In this guide, you’ll learn how to make a basic backyard elegant with the right landscape lighting. In order to do that, you should consult with a professional landscape lighting company.
Decide What You Want to Achieve
A big pitfall for first-time designers is changing their minds mid-project. Before you start, clarify your vision and make a final decision about what you want to achieve.
Do you want a cozy romantic spot? Do you want a nature corner where you can enjoy your plants, flowers, or perhaps a pond at night? Maybe you want to light your yard for security reasons.
Whatever the case may be, define your purpose and have your decisions help achieve it. There are many benefits to landscape lighting, and you must find the right type of lighting for your needs.
Put Your Vision to Paper
When you’ve clarified what you want to achieve, it’s time to make a sketch.
Your yard may already have some lights in it, and it’s up to you whether you want to include or remove them. Your sketchpad is where you make your vision come alive by seeing how your prospective lights will work with the surrounding furniture, shrubbery, fences, and other light sources.
Setting the Mood and Character of Your Yard
Every place has its own unique character, and this same concept applies to your yard. Set the mood you want people to feel when they enter your outdoor space. Proper lighting is essential to make it memorable.
If you want guests to be in a relaxed, soft mood, you can tuck away warm lighting under some loose bushes. If you need guide lights for a path, install stake lights to form boundary lines to subtly remind people to keep off the grass.
If you have a fountain or some other installation with running water, you can make it a centerpiece with a spotlight. Alternatively, if you have a pond or a swimming pool, you can accentuate it with soft lighting on its borders.
Establish Your Timeline and Budget
As a general rule, the more expensive your lighting, the harder it’ll be to install. Decide on a budget and how much time you’re willing to devote to your vision.
High voltage lights need more sophisticated systems to protect them from the weather and wildlife. Outdoor lights above 100 volts need to be installed 18 inches below the surface and sealed up to avoid water damage, while a low-voltage setup only requires a voltage converter and an outdoor transformer.
If you’re on money and time crunch, solar lighting is your best friend. Solar lights can cost as low as $30, and you won’t need to call an electrician to install them in your yard.
If You Need Help, Call a Professional
If you’re unsure about your vision or how you want things accomplished, call LaMond Design at 513-200-3358 today and get that dream outdoor space you’ve always wanted.