Bring Your landscape to Life with Lighting!
Illuminating your landscape can completely transform your property. Looking out the window at night brings dimension to the landscape and brings the outside in. LED low voltage lighting is energy efficient and is the best choice for the landscape.
Choosing the Right Lighting for your Landscape
Before you choose a lighting type it’s important to first consider why you want to illuminate your yard. Is it so that you can enjoy evening outdoor dining or lounging? Perhaps you want to illuminate your yard for security as well as beautify your outdoor space. If your yard has a pathway, you may want to use lighting so that visitors can walk safely. Whatever your reasons for wanting to apply landscape lighting, identifying the purpose will help you on your way to making a decision about the types of lighting fixtures that are right for you.
Sketch It Out
If you already have your property landscaped and want to add lighting then it is best to sketch out where you want to illuminate. After determining where you want landscape lighting, it will help to prepare a drawing locating existing lighting and plants and hardscape – each of these will have a different effect when lit. You don’t have to be an artist to complete this sketch, but if it proves troublesome, you may want to leave this part of the process up to your landscape designer.
Choose Your Lighting Locations
If you have hired a professional landscape designer, you may want to include this in your landscape design. Different moods can be created with different types of lighting. For example, “up lights” on trees or large shrubs, placing lights in the shrub borders and on fountains can create an evening mood.
Consider the Cost of Effort or Labor
Depending on whether you are lighting the landscape yourself or have hired a professional landscape designer to do so, consider how much work will be involved with installing your desired landscape lighting. For low voltage lighting it is best to install wire so the fixtures can then be easily installed in the future. Some lighting, such as the 120-volt variety, requires a licensed electrician to install. For example, fixtures on top of columns or park-like post lights in the landscape requires a conduit to the fixture. This means trenching to the site for the conduit. With this in mind it is best to plan this with the landscape installation work. After the landscape is installed your choices will be limited as you will not want to dig up what you just planted. LED bulbs for many 120-volt fixtures are now available. Using LED bulbs for low voltage landscape light fixtures and 120-volt fixtures with LED bulbs will last longer, conserve energy and in the long run bring down cost.