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Written by Larry Cook

Essential Landscape Lighting Design Ideas – Part 1

You’ve done a wonderful job beautifying your property with landscaping. However, all your hard work may be neglected after the sun sets. Lighting design can dramatically improve how your property is perceived at night. The following are the first of 5 of 10 essential landscape lighting design ideas for your home. Consult with an experienced and licensed electrical services company for your safety and the best results.

Cool Lighting Combos

The creative combination of these three lighting objectives will help you achieve beautiful landscape lighting design: Overall lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.

Determine Purpose Before Design

Before planning an area’s lighting, determine your primary purpose. For example, if your goal is the safety of your guests as they stroll through a garden, position lights so the walkways are adequately and properly illuminated. For an area with impressive trees, maybe your purpose is to draw attention to them. To improve security, you will work to enhance visibility in a location.

Ensure the Basics

The basics of landscape lighting primarily involve safety and visibility in certain areas. Pathways and entryways must be adequately lit. Pool areas, driveways, and stairs, must be properly lit so people can move safely. However, once the basics are ensured, you can begin thinking about how lighting design can make these areas beautiful.

Go Beyond Solar Lights

Although many homeowners are satisfied by placing solar lights on both sides of the walk of their front door, landscape lighting design, when well conceived, can be an art form. Lighting can set the atmosphere and mood in an area, and you do not have to wait for the holidays. In fact, lights can make your landscaping magical all year round.

LED Lighting Longevity

Halogen and LED lights have been the top choices for landscape lighting design. However, LED lights are now taking the lead because they are versatile and durable. LEDs can be used creatively by being controlled by dimmers. In addition, their incredible service lives of 100,000 hours and ability to withstand the elements make maintenance much easier as years pass before they need replacement. They also significantly save on utility bills.

Part 2 will cover the second 5 of 10 essential landscape lighting design ideas.

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