Landscape Lighting Design Tips For Dallas Homeowners
When it comes to lighting your landscape, a little goes a long way. That’s because your eyes need less light outdoors than they do indoors in order to see light, shadow, and pattern. To plan your outdoor lighting, walk around your yard at night, envision how and when you want to use your spaces, and rely on these tips.
This video shows landscape lighting design tips.
Designing your landscape lighting always starts by considering how you intend to use the space. Do you like to entertain and need good lighting on pathways, patios and decks? Do the kids want to play soccer on the lawn after dusk? Or do you simply want to enjoy a beautiful view as you drive up to your home each evening? Here, landscape contractors share their pro tips for designing with lights.
There are few things quite as pleasing as an artfully lit landscape, but it can be a surprising challenge to make it relatively natural. Sure, you want a little drama, but you don’t want pathways that look like landing strips and annoying glare coming from every tree.
Design tips for landscape lighting:
- Although you will eventually want to draw a rough plan on paper for a shopping list, the best way to try out different effects is to go out to the yard at night with a good flashlight. You won’t be able to see the total effect, but you will get to try individual situations. Manufacturers of fixtures are also a good design source.
- You don’t want to light everything, so start with safety. Walkways and stairs are critical. There are small fixtures made for each of these situations.
- Then move on to accent lighting. Pick out the features-a group of trees or a big rock that would stand out when lit. Remember that low voltage lighting brings out shape and texture. However, resist the temptation to light every tree in your yard.
- It’s common to use too many fixtures. On walkways, just light one side of the path or stagger the fixtures, alternating between sides. On curved paths, just light the inside of the curve.
Pick fixtures that do the job that particular location calls for. You can purchase well lights that bury in the ground for a nice uplighting effect in bushes and ornamental grasses, spot lights that are used to focus on a particular feature, down lights that put light on the ground around them, tier lights that give more general lighting, and many others. So, choose an edge fixture or down light for a path since you don’t need to light the area around it or above it.
Landscape Lighting Issues
Outdoor lighting issues differ from those of indoor light. For example, reflection is less an issue outdoors because most surfaces are dark and do not reflect light well. However, position and shielding are more important in outdoor landscape lighting in order to prevent glare.Glare happens when a light source is too big or too bright; it can be blinding because it reflects directly in people’s eyes. Call (214) 238-8353 us for your home service and repair needs.
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