You love your yard, with its beautiful patio, landscape features and trees. But if your landscaping is getting lost in the dark, you could stand to gain a lot from adding landscape lighting to your yard.
Benefits of landscape lighting
On the surface, the benefits of landscape lighting seem straightforward: It lights up your yard, illuminating the areas you want to spend time with your family and friends in. But great outdoor lighting can do so much more than that. When it’s properly placed and executed, outdoor lighting can add ambiance to your yard. It can highlight your best landscape features. It can light dark corners to increase safety. It can illuminate steps and pathways, allowing you to safely navigate your yard.
When done right, landscape lighting can add a “wow” factor to your home. It can bring your yard to life, make your yard safer and more accessible, and add value to your home.
Planning your landscape lighting
When you start to explore the possibilities of landscape, formulating an overall landscape lighting plan can seem overwhelming. There are some steps you can take to chart the course for adding lighting to your yard.
- Think about your goals. Do you want to light your yard for entertaining? Are there certain features, trees or landscape elements you would like to highlight? Are you looking to make your yard safer by lighting pathways and steps? Do you want to make your home more secure by making the space around your home brighter?
- Envision your entire yard. It would help to make a quick sketch. Mark the places you would like to install landscape lighting.
- Choose what type of lighting you’ll place. You can use deck lights to mark walkways and steps. If you’re looking to highlight features, such as trees or fountains, you may want to use a grazing light, which is placed 12 inches in front of the feature and then pointed upward, parallel to the feature for a soft look. Or, you may want a bullet light to directly illuminate and area or feature.
- Contact a professional to implement your landscape lighting plan. To install true landscape lighting — as compared with installing solar lights along a pathway — you’ll need a professional. Professionals experienced with landscape lighting can look at your lighting plan, make recommendations and help you choose which types of lights are ideal for the effect you’re trying to achieve. They’ll safely install the electric lights and light fixtures needed to light your yard.
If you’re ready to take your landscaping to the next level this spring with landscape lighting, call the experts at Oosting Custom Masonry & Chimney Service Co. We can help you create a landscape lighting plan that will add the “wow” factor you’re looking for.