Landscape Lighting. The Key to Amazing Outdoor Design

Are you bored with your garden, patio or deck? Then it might be time to upgrade your garden or other outdoor areas.

In this post, we’ll look at some of those methods that create a truly awe-inspiring look for your home landscape.

A proper landscape lighting design works as a synergy between the lights and all the objects and structures that are located in your landscape. You must consider all the physical objects when you are picking lights for your landscape. 

You should aim to have a clear vision of the landscape lighting design’s end result.

For example, you might want to make your yard look more romantic,  more festive, or generally just impressive. These all are concrete goals that will help you pick the right design details when you are choosing lights or objects to put into your landscape.

Ambient Lighting or Spotlights

These two terms are often used in the landscape lighting business. Ambient lighting is all about creating the general mood by letting light waves smoothly cover a larger area. Some parts of the landscape might still look darker, but that’s not really a concern as the main goal is to foster a certain atmosphere in your outdoor space.

Spotlights, on the other hand, are all about highlighting the details and showcasing those parts of the landscape that you want to stand out. You can also mix these two approaches.  In most cases creatively blended ambient atmosphere lighting and accent spotlights will result in amazing landscape design.

Lighting up, down, or across?

Up-lighting means that you aim your light fixtures upwards be it to light a house or a tree. This technique is mainly used to emphasize the build or texture of any given objects situated in a landscape.

Down-lighting is more about creating an ambiance or romantic setting, reminiscent of a moonlit landscape. But cross-lighting will remove all shadows from your light design, creating a uniform and brightly lit feel. Monuments and trees look especially astounding after being cross lit.

Spotlighting is a perfect method for constructing fantastic shadowy figures on walls and house facades. Shadowing is a true form of lighting art because there is an endless array of different outcomes when you are lighting different objects.

Some of the most typical things used for shadowing include statues, trees, and fountains, so if you have any of these objects or other ones, that could look good when using for shadowing, go ahead and try it.

Light up the hardscape

Exposed brick walls, cobblestone fences … almost every hardscape structure is just sitting there and calling out for being used for lighting design. Here you should aim to use LED lights from outdoors LED strip lights to silicone cased LED lamps. These products are the best for keeping the moisture out and working in any conditions.

Day & Night

Lightscapes fully bloom only at night, but it’s also important to keep in mind that people will see the necessary equipment for landscape lighting design during the daytime, too. Smart landscape designers blend the lighting equipment seamlessly into the whole concept, so the lamps cannot be seen during the day and provide gorgeous lighting when the darkness sets in.

This will make sure that people can appreciate your landscape design no matter the time of the day.

Path Lighting

Path lighting is the ideal way how to use lanterns or other light sources to make your garden path shine throughout the evening. Illuminating a path is both aesthetically pleasing and practical.

If you are expecting visitors who aren’t familiar with your garden or even driveway, they might stumble or fall in the dark. But adding path lighting to guide their way will make it easier for them to walk and make a stunning first impression.

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