We've talked about landscape lighting's many benefits, including curb appeal, safety for people going in and out of your home, and overall security. Not to mention that landscape lighting allows you to add your own personal aesthetic to your front and backyards.
But what do you need to know if you haven't selected or installed any landscape lighting before? Below you'll find some tips and other landscape lighting ideas that will get your home's exterior and yard in tip-top shape in no time.
How to determine where to place outdoor fixtures:
- Use a flashlight at night to help determine which areas need illumination. Walk around your property and note "danger zones," such as darkened pathways, ramps, stairs, and so forth (leaving these areas in the dark could be dangerous—think of people tripping or falling).
- Note architectural details and other special features (such as water fountains) that get lost in shadows. Also, note areas where people like to congregate after the sun goes down, like a backyard porch.
- Test any existing outdoor lamps (such as the one by the front door) to make sure everything is working properly.
- Take a step back when considering existing outdoor fixtures. Do you need to replace any bulbs? Do the fixtures match the look and feel of your home's overall aesthetic? Do they light everything properly? Too often, we see homes where people have installed an outside light based solely on how it looks, rather than how well it works at lighting up that particular area.
Types of landscape lighting to consider:
We're seeing more and more LED fixtures for landscaping applications. This is good news, since LEDs offer long lifetimes, durable modules (no filaments to break), and high light output with lower wattage.