Benefits of Landscape Lighting

When it comes to lighting outdoor spaces, most tend to think of simply illuminating the exterior of a structure or property. One of the most underestimated aspects of landscape lighting is that it can actually extend living space physically as well as visually.

When light is brought to a dark back or front yard, it visually pushes the boundaries of a house. The more elements that are lit, the more people will push the edges of where a person will tend to gravitate to beyond the interior of a house. Pushing this boundary creates a visually striking look for the outside of the house, especially when the interior lights are turned off.

Another practice for expanding nighttime living space is boundary lighting. Many people have a fence or shrub line that represents the end of their property line. This section can be illuminated with a small output wall wash fixture. When done properly using photometrics, more than one light can be overlapped to create a continuous wall of light that will subtly show the edges of a yard.

In the process of designing a new lighting plan, remember to include what will happen on the inside of the house, especially in the main areas that look outward. If the living or dining room is in the back of the house, shifting the balance of the entire lighting plan to better represent the most trafficked area may be a desire of the homeowner. Opposite to this, if the bedroom is in a particular area that has a lot of windows, the design may require extra care not to put too much light into that area.

Reasons for Installing an Outdoor Lighting System

Security: Lighting can reveal dark areas in your landscape where someone might try to hide.

Safety: Outdoor lighting ensures resident and visitors can safely navigate around the property at night.  No more stumbling over steps in the dark, low-voltage lighting gives you and your guests the confidence to get around after the suns gone down.

Usability: Illuminating private areas of a property allow enjoyment on in to the evening on your decks, sitting areas, and recreational spaces.  You will be able to enjoy you patios party on into the evening hours!

Beauty:  Low voltage lighting highlights the architectural elements of your home, and accentuates the features of your landscape.  We can design a dramatic lighting display lighting your focal point; a fountain, a stature, the weeping branches of your Japanese Maple tree, focus a light onto the gentle splashes of your waterfall and get more bang for your buck from the features of your landscape by being able to view them even after dusk.

Economy: Low-voltage lighting consumes about 1/3 the electricity compared to high-voltage systems and is far less expensive to install.