Love Your Outdoor Lighting?
My fruit trees and flowers haven’t a clue it’s only mid-April and given our recent unusual weather, we may be having a barbecue get-together long before Memorial Day arrives.
If you, too, are starting to spend more time in the yard, here are a few tips to help make it an even more pleasant place to be, with lighting.
Take a minute to sit in your yard and picture all that a bit of good lighting there can do…aesthetically or otherwise, to create a space that looks and feels divine.
Begin with what should be done if it isn’t already, like around the walkways where lighting will make things more welcoming and safer. Remember around your front, back and side doors, by the driveway and near steps.
Then, get to the fun part, where creativity splurges. Where, specifically, in your yard, are you spending most of your outdoor time?
Highlight it! You’ll like it even more.
Add aesthetic appeal by the outdoor kitchen or bbq area…and the pool and hot tub. By the deck railings, steps and seating.
How about setting a mood? Great by your fountain or water feature, or a large tree. Mix flood lights and spot lights, up-lighting and down-lighting, subdued low-voltage with a touch of drama for the right spot. Sometimes just having a light graze a wall can wash it with effect and add highlights and shadows from nearby shrubbery and other plantings. Enhance the cabana, gazebo and pergola if you’ve got them
Consider options for soft, ambient lighting for a more romantic, have a glass-of-wine opportunity.
Or, crank-’em-up! for parties. Or perhaps somewhere in-between for more tamed gatherings.
No need to go overboard. Having zones will allow you to turn on only what’s appropriate for the occasion. Don’t wash out the night-time stars or wallop your electric bill. Insist on easy-to-use timers, dimmers, motion sensors and other controls to provide options.
Rather not fuss with electricity? Want some great ideas from people who love to do this? Our outdoor light designing contractors can help you plan for mood, infuse color for impact, and bring new life to your outdoor living space. It doesn’t have to burst a budget…realize savings by having landscape lights near the house so power can be integrated with your home’s wiring system.