With good landscape lighting you can make your outdoors look as beautiful at night as it does during the day. Combine task lights with ambient lighting for safety and security. You can incorporate strip lights, spotlights and underwater lighting to light up your yard for relaxing, entertaining, beauty and functionality. Follow these ideas listed below to increase your garden’s visual appeal and charm.
· Guide the way
Set path lights along the driveway and pathway to lead guests to your front door. You can choose fixtures that are soft and non-glaring that will direct the light downwards. To avoid creating a runway effect, avoid placing all the lights in a straight line.
· Go green with solar
Landscape lights that are solar powered and decorative are the easiest to use, simply because they require no wiring and electricity. You can place them in areas which get the most sun. When dusk arrives, they will come on automatically to light the way.
· Brighten up with low voltage lighting
A low-cost, high impact and easy do-it-yourself task for lighting up a path with fantastic illumination and highlighting your landscape is by installing a string of low-voltage lighting. This is the right solution for brightening up shady looking areas like the bend leading up the walkway.
· Bring the night to life
Add drama to your garden by creating a focal point with some of its assets. This can be done by spotlighting a hardscape feature, a specimen tree or special flowering plants. Spotlights can be used to accentuate the texture of every flowering plant and creating a pleasant glow to the foliage. The spotlights must be positioned such a way so as to avoid focusing their beams on your windows or the neighbor’s property.
· Use entry lighting to eliminate hazards
Entry lighting is used to brighten up areas that are at risk of potential hazards when visitors make way to your front door. It provides a welcoming effect with beauty in illumination and provides for safety. Select fixtures based on your home’s architectural style. Steps are also places where accidents frequently occur. To ensure safe footing on steps situated in outdoor living areas, you can build lights into the risers. This will provide adequate brightness that will mark each tread and prevent glare.
· All decked out
Well planned landscape lighting will enable you to enjoy your deck even after dark. Install translucent panels that can be set aglow at dusk that provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere. This ambient setting prepares your outdoors for entertaining purposes.
· Add glow to your walls
Cast a gentle, warm light on your outdoor living spaces by adding glow and enhancing texture on walls. You need to leave access for wiring and maintenance purposes by planning ahead and incorporating them accordingly.
· Bring the indoors outside
Use light fixtures that you would use for indoors purposes to add exterior elegance outdoors. Lighting that looks like something you can use inside like a wrought iron chandelier created character, style and utility for your outdoor rooms.
· String it along
A fun alternative to candles that is perfect for any garden themed outdoor event are strands of twinkle lights capped with glass cloches. The best part is you don’t have to worry about them blowing out during a breeze.
· Candlelight Glow
The nighttime scene can become bright and welcoming when interior lights are on inside. However, candles on a table provide a more subtle and subdued mood. To create a romantic ambience rivaled only by the moon and stars, use a cluster of large candles. Take heed to use them only when there is no chance of a fire hazard.
· Lantern Luminarias
Line a staircase or walkway with beautiful glass lanterns that are set alight by candles. A luminaria look is achieved and the glass will protect the candles from being blown out by the breeze.
· Add paradise to your garden with solar tiki torches
A popular party decoration with a different twist is the fun upgrade of a traditional tiki torch. You can substitute those with solar tiki torches that will provide gentle illumination for a few hours. You can place them together in a garden urn or in individual containers with potted plants that will give a dispersed effect.
· Underwater Lighting
A water garden that shows off its plants and inhabitants like fish in the dark will enhance your landscape’s visual appeal. Submerged lighting will create a soft, luminous and lovely touch to your pond. Use fixtures that are only rated for aquatic use.
· Increase security at night
You don’t have to make your yard look like an amusement park to increase a sense of security. Use motion-sensing floodlights to highlight key spots like side doors and the garage. If your house is well lit for functionality and safety, emergency responders can find it faster and guests will appreciate knowing where it is instantly. Your house number will be well illuminated after dark with proper lighting.