Lighting is an easy way to add drama and interest to a space as well as highlight important elements. Lighting is not only found inside, but is an important element outside the house. When choosing the right outdoor lighting options, consider the following factors to make your yard its most beautiful.
The Benefits of More Light
All of the hard work and money you put into your landscaping can still pay off at night! Consider incorporating ambient lighting and task lights in your landscaping design. These lights can act as accent lights, highlighting elements of your yard like a water feature or plant.
You can use lighting in unexpected ways. Uplighting, for example, can accentuate the texture of vines or a tree trunk, giving great visual interest to your yard. Submerged lighting can be added to water features to create a luminous light highlighting the water. You can even incorporate indoor-style lights, like a chandelier, into your outdoor space, creating a cozy yet elegant feel.
The inclusion of light around your yard can also heighten your security, ensuring that there are no large dark areas to shield trespassers. Just make sure that no lighting is focused on windows or on your neighbor’s home.
Emphasize Important Elements
While lighting can certainly add drama and interest to your home by emphasizing its curb appeal, it is important to focus your lighting to emphasize important elements on and around your home. For example, you can guide visitors to the front door with a line of lights, edging the walk way. You could consider soft, non-glaring fixtures that will direct most of the light downward, better highlighting the path’s edge. Decorative solar-powered landscape lights are a great option and require no wiring.
The lighting should extend to your porch, ensuring that your visitors can easily see and navigate the porch steps. Some even extend their porch lighting to their steps. For example, you could building lights into the step risers, allowing a soft light to provide just enough brightness to mark each tread. You should also ensure that your house number is well lit. This is not only practical for visitors, but ensures that safety services can easily locate your home if needed.
Solar and Low Voltage
Solar lights are some of the easiest lights to install and use. Because they are solar powered, they require no wiring and will automatically turn on when the sun goes down. This saves you money and effort. Solar powered lights are very popular, and are being produced in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.
If you are considering updating your landscaping with lighting, seek the help of the expert and professional landscapers at Juniper Landscape Company. We have the knowledge to help you choose the right types of light, as well as the skill to install them properly.