Landscape lighting has the ability to perfectly accent, shape, and set the tone of your outdoor space. Determining how to decorate your outdoor space with lighting should depend on your design preference and any outdoor activities that will take place in your yard. Good lighting can accentuate your flowerbeds, walkway, or patio space for entertaining. Landscape lighting can also provide safety aspects to your home and communicate where you do not wish guests to walk upon. If you are unsure of how to get started with landscape lighting, read on to discover different styles and trends, as well as how Electrical Plus can assist you with installation!
Prior To Choosing Landscape Lighting
Determine Your Focal Points
The first step in landscape lighting is determining what the focal point is that you wish to illuminate. This could be a driveway, garden, deck, patio, walkway, you name it! Once you determine your focal points, the rest of the design process will be a breeze.
Determine The Direction of Light
First, you must consider if you are casting the light up or down onto the subject. This could mean casting light up to illuminate a walkway or casting light down from a tree. Think about these aspects prior to designing your landscape lighting.
Check For Nearby Powersource
Make sure that you know where all of your available outlets are. All low-voltage lighting will need a receptacle and transformer. There are other options on the market for powerless solar lighting fixtures. Your local electrician can install hardwired lighting for you as well.
Lighting Design Styles
Accent Lighting: Typically, spotlights are used to accent certain architectural features of the home. Wide beam spreads such as LED MR16 Lamps are commonly used.
Minimalist: This approach uses outdoor lighting to effectively display the home or property, but not in a way that is overbearing or distracting. Minimalist lighting provides just enough light to ensure safe walking through passageways.
Statement: Statement lighting is a bold approach to highlight one particular aspect of your yard. Typically, floodlights are used and narrowly focus on the object.
Symmetrical: A design approach in which two objects on either side of a dividing line are lit up, such as two plants on either side of the main doorway.
Safety: Used to provide safety and security to the parts of the house that are essential for human navigation. Wide flood lights or downlights with motion sensors are commonly used. These may be placed at the front doorstep or driveway.
Natural: Natural lighting is positioned to look as if by nature. Techniques include moonlighting, low light, back, and side lighting.
2022 Landscape Lighting Trends
Floodlights: Floodlights are commonly used to accentuate the driveway, patio, or deck. The standard flood light casts a beam between 45 and 120 degrees. Flood lights are useful for entertaining at night and for security purposes.
Staircase Lighting: Avoid tripping at night with staircase lighting! Hardwired light fixtures can be installed at the center or side of each stair riser to cast light onto each step.
Outdoor Lanterns: Traditional outdoor lantern fixtures bring a timeless and classic style to your space. Add some gas-powered or electric wall lantern fixtures to brighten up your patio or front doorstep!
Downlighting: Downlighting can be used on outdoor poles, roofs, or trees to cast down just the right amount of light. Downlighting is useful to highlight certain pieces of architecture or landscaping.
Brick Edge Lighting: Brick edge lighting can be installed to border your patio, pathway, or lawn. Lit brick edging provides a clear pathway for your guests to reach their destination.
Solar Powered Garden Path Lights: Similarly, many people opt to line their garden pathways with solar or LED fixtures. This is an environmentally friendly option that is very easy to use once installed.
Illuminated Flower Planters: Illuminated planters are a great way to show off your garden or potted plants. Add a unique touch to your plants in your garden, front lawn, or front patio!
Electrical Plus Can Help, Book Now!
Landscape lighting is the perfect touch for hosting on summer nights or simply showcasing your beautiful home! If you are unsure of where to start with your landscape lighting this summer, Electrical Plus is happy to help. Visit our website or give us a call at 484-459-4940.