Do you love enjoying your outside space but as soon as the sun sets it’s unusable? Consider adding some outdoor lighting to your new landscape! Below are some things to consider while planning your new lighting project.
Outdoor lighting adds ambiance and safety to your outside space, providing both fun and function. Soft lighting around a patio table can create a warm and inviting space for you and your guests to enjoy. It also creates a more welcoming environment. Lighting along walkways also provides a safety measure and ensures that all paths are visible.
Don’t go into a home improvement project with little or no idea what you want the final piece to look like. Head to websites like Pinterest and Houzz to get some inspiration. To take it to the next level, take a drive around your neighborhood. Looking at projects that are already finished can give you a sense of what you do, and don’t like. It can also give you a sense of what is overdone in your area.
Map it Out
Once you have an idea of what you would like your lighted landscape to look like, head outside! Think about the existing features in your yard that you would like to highlight and consider what type of light would look best where. If you’re having a hard time visualizing, don’t be afraid to use some flashlights to get an idea of where to place your lights. It’s also helpful to sit down and plot out your landscape with graph paper. This allows you to conceptualize and move your new light fixtures around with ease.
With so many different lighting types, it’s essential to have an idea of what lights you would like to use in your yard. Consider using some of the following lighting types:
- Recessed lights are great for a place where you want a lot of light. Their design keeps the fixture out of sight, which can keep your look clean.
- Spotlights and in-ground lights help to illuminate specific objects in your yard. Spotlights are often above ground while in ground lights are less visible.
- Path lights, just like their name, go along a path and illuminate walkways. There are many more light types you may want to consider. If you’re having trouble deciding what kind of light will work best for your yard, Town & Country Enterprises can help.
With the excitement of creating your dream landscape, it’s easy to overlook the minor details accidentally. When picking out your light types, be sure that they don’t cast a glare that can disturb any neighbors you may have. Try to space your lights appropriately, to avoid any awkward lighting patterns or shadows. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Landscape improvement projects can be daunting tasks for any homeowners, but Town & Country Enterprises would love to help!
If you have any landscape projects in your future, let Town & Country Enterprises know. We would love to help you make your outdoor space a part of your dream home. Give us a call at (585) 872-5073!