Now that it has started getting darker earlier in the evenings, it's time to talk about landscape lighting, especially if you don't have any. Don't worry; you're not alone. Lighting tends to be one of those items that gets overlooked, especially since most landscaping projects are completed in the spring and summer months when there is plenty of natural light.
Here are a few tips for how and where to incorporate lighting into your landscape design.
Where will you spend your time in the evening?
First and foremost, you will want to consider how and where you will enjoy your landscape in the evening hours. If you like to entertain, consider overhead lighting around your hardscape areas. If you can put the lighting on a dimmer, you can also control the amount of brightness depending on the time of night. Overhead lighting can be as simple as stringed holiday lights to elaborate hanging lanterns. The options for overhead lighting are almost limitless, and our design team can help you find a solution that is right for your design and home architecture.
Where will people walk?
Next, it is important to plan for the path by which people will need to walk in your landscape. Making sure there is adequate ground lighting is critical to ensure safety for you and your guests. You can use low voltage lighting in a variety of ways, from small lanterns tucked into the foliage to light up pavers embedded into your hardscape edges.
What do you want to highlight?
Last, but not least, take a look at your landscape design and take note of the key features of your design? Is it an ornamental or signature tree? Is it a fountain or pond? Adding low-voltage lighting to the perimeter, as well as uplighting, is an excellent way to draw attention to these beauties, even in the dark.
How is the electrical installed?
When you work with your landscape designer, he or she will map out the lines for where the irrigation and the electrical will run. Most electrical wiring is laid such that it blends with your plantings and so that it is protected from the elements. And, as for how much electrical draw you will need, your designer will work with an electrician to make sure the proper adjustments are made to your household electrical system.
If your landscape doesn't include any lighting and you would like to explore your options, please give us a call at 541-729-8029. Our design team can work with you to find a solution to bring nighttime enjoyment to your landscape.
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