Illuminated landscapes, gardens, and outdoor recreation areas are a growing trend that has proven to be increasingly modern. Landscape lighting is the perfect way to compliment the features of your property. With so many options on the market today, knowing what features are most important to you is useful when shopping for landscape lighting.
The Main Purpose Of Your Landscape Lighting
There are many versatile options when it comes to lighting your home or business and accenting architectural and property design. Want to present the front of your home with the goal of creating evening aesthetics and added security? Do you love to entertain and desire to enliven your outdoor space? From different types of lighting fixtures to different system technologies, the possibilities are endless.
What Type of Lighting Best Suits Your Needs?
Consider what features are important to you depending on the dynamics of your project. Understanding where you want your light to be placed and the intent you want it to convey will benefit the design process. If your light is exposed to elements with minimum coverage, we recommend choosing a copper or aluminum finish. Opting for LED lighting will give you fixtures that last longer than regular bulbs and save on electricity costs over time. Depending on these factors there are many types of landscape lighting products to consider.
- Up / Down Lighting: Ideal when used in 1 to 2 storey houses and small / medium sized trees.
- Pathway Lighting: Create a safe, wandering path of light to guide guests to the door and throughout the property. The path lights make a yard seem bigger by framing it. Invited and effective, path lights add security and safety while maximizing beauty and appeal.
- Capstone and Step Lighting: With these indicator lights, you can not only set the perfect conditions for any outdoor gathering, but you can ensure the safety of your guests at the same time.
- Bistro Lights: These lights can add a fun or classy element to your landscape lighting. There are many different designs that can be used as a temporary or permanent fixture to enhance your outdoor space.
Do you prefer Color Changing Options or a Classic White Lighting System?
Whether you opt for the classic white light or color you can transform your space into a show area with landscape lighting. As market awareness grows, so does interest in full color landscape lighting. There are a variety of color options available, making a full color system the perfect choice to celebrate holidays and occasions throughout the year. No more weekends removing Christmas lights! The beauty of it is that your home can range from classic white to color with the touch of a button using the advanced Smart technology offered by some systems.
The Advantages of Choosing a Smart Lighting System
Imagine the ease of controlling your scene lights from your phone using a smart lighting system. These smart systems allow you to escape the limitations of outdated light sensors and manual timers. Many landscape lighting products on the market today use Bluetooth or Wi-fi. There are also systems that use cloud-based control and scheduling. The main advantage of a cloud-based system is that it allows constant communication between lights via wired communication that allows you to control your lights from anywhere !
Depending on which smart system you choose, many also provide home automation capabilities with user-friendly control systems that allow for setting preferences and ease of making changes within the system.
Deciding Whether You Will Install or Use a Professional Installer
The size and complexity of your project may be a factor in deciding whether you choose to DIY or hire a professional installer. There are many informative videos that can be seen online, but keep in mind your level of skill and expertise. Being ambitious is great, but if you take on a landscape lighting project to be budget aware sometimes it will end up costing more in the long run.
If you choose to go the DIY route, make sure you are prepared and do your research and ALWAYS remember safety comes first! If you decide to hire a professional installer, there are many reputable companies out there. Check their qualifications, review and ask for more references to make sure you are provided with quality service. Many companies will offer an overnight demo, so you can see what your lights look like before you install them.
Whatever options you choose, it's amazing how adding lighting to the landscape can change the look of your property. With so many customizable options, you can choose several accent lights or an entire system based on the look and technology you’re looking for. Installing landscape lighting allows you to enjoy the beauty of your home and your outdoor living areas even after sunset!
About the Author:
Chris McCoy is the founder of Haven Lighting . Haven Lighting is a leading manufacturer of smart Wi-Fi enabled landscape lighting systems, featuring unique LED products with unparalleled brightness, vivid colors and white temperature adjustment.