If you have a significant landscape space, you’ll obviously want to take advantage of it. Not only does this make your property more enjoyable; it also increases its curb appeal, which in turn increases its value. A lot of us don’t really know what to do about our landscapes beyond maintaining them. But you can actually really enhance them through lighting.
Lighting your landscape may seem complex, but it’s a fairly straightforward process if you work with the experts. For one thing, you should zero in on a specific type of lighting first. With 58% of all Americans preferring LED lighting over other options, that will probably be the option that suits your needs best. But once you’ve made a decision regarding the type of landscape lighting you need to use, you should consider how best to use it. There are actually a lot of different ways through which you can light your landscape to its best advantage. Let’s explore some of them below.
When lighting your outdoor spaces, you should consider how best to silhouette your hedges and features in your landscape. You can do this by placing a spotlight behind an object, which will create a glow behind the object and leave it starkly in silhouette. This is a great way of showcasing plants in particular and looks especially good during the sunset.
Your landscape may include a wall of some kind, which can border your property. However, your landscape lighting should cover the wall as well. Wall-washing is a great way to set this feature off and creates a soothing kind of glow. The light fixture should be placed a few feet away from the wall at a sideways angle. This creates an even and ambient kind of lighting, though it’s important to use a low wattage flood light rather than a spotlight.
Obviously, our outdoor landscape lighting is going to be best used at night, and moonlighting is one of the most striking techniques that you can utilize. This would involve taking a larger light fixture with a full guard and placing it in a tree. The light would be dangled downwards, which creates the effect of the moonlight shining down on the plants below. This type of lighting comes off as more natural and is rather dappled in a way that possesses broad appeal.
Accent landscape lighting is often used to draw attention to a particular feature, like a statue or a water feature. It’s usually angled upwards or downwards specifically, and relies upon narrow beam lights. The lights should be hidden behind other fixtures in order to create a more striking effect. This is why we should use outdoor lighting companies to install such fixtures; it can be hard to execute this effectively on your own.
Path-lighting is obviously used to light up certain pathways, which has both aesthetic and practical benefits. Stone pathways can be used in a particularly large landscape, guiding you away from one part of the property to the other. These smaller lights should line the pathway, positioned to illuminate the path itself while at the same time staying out of the way of meandering feet.
If you’d like to utilize the moonlighting technique in a way that is less subtle and brighter, you should go for down-lighting techniques. Down-lighting involves placing the lights in a tree, trellis, or other raised location. The lights are cast downwards over a large area and should be placed higher if they’re meant to illuminate a larger area and lower if you need to illuminate a smaller area.
In contrast, shadowing is a softer alternative to silhouetting. The light is placed at the base of the feature it’s meant to highlight, and should be aimed at a wall. This creates a softer, more shadowy effect and enhances the drama of a property.
There are a lot of techniques to consider as you invest in lighting for your landscape. Think about what you want to emphasize most, and create a lighting plan surrounding it. But perhaps most importantly, ask for advice from the pros; it will make the process much easier!