Most people who decide to build or remodel their houses usually finish with landscaping, and the lighting is more often than not, the final process.
If you are thinking of lighting up your landscape, you need to do it right because it will crown your whole landscaping process.
Here are areas you need to think about before you settle on any landscape lighting.
The size of the compound – If you have a huge lawn, and you want to illuminate all of it, then you will have to get more or brighter lights. Small lawns that have a less complex landscape design require fewer lights.
The security aspect – Proper lighting can be enough to discourage burglars from getting into your property. That’s why you need to make sure that all corners of your yard are well lit.
Also, when coming up with your lighting plan, illuminate the landscape in a way so that you won’t trip and fall over the rocks or step on the flowers at night.
Get a style that complements the landscaping – It is a great idea to have your lighting stand out, but you do not want it to clash with your landscaping design. What you can do is fashion your lighting handles to resemble the color, design or the materials of other outdoor fixtures. Also, be creative when choosing the type of bulbs and the scale of the mountings.
The location of the lighting – Where to place the lighting will depend on several factors, with security and functionality being the most-important ones. We have already covered the security aspect; however, location will be determined by the features you want to illuminate and the effect you want to create with the lighting. The input of a professional at this point is very important, since he or she can guide you through what effect is possible and what other options are available for you.
The method of lighting – How you choose to light your landscape will determine its eye appeal. You can choose to have lights facing up or down or to have ground lights or spotlights.
Up lighting is where you place lights on the ground and shine them up, while down lighting is where the light is positioned high above the ground and you beam them downwards on your most-preferred features. Ground lighting is where you choose to light out as opposed to up, while spot lighting is where you can illuminate a specific feature.
The power source – Most people choose to use the power from their main house to power their landscape lighting. However, it is possible and more advisable to use solar powered lighting.
The initial cost of setting up solar power might be higher, but in the long run, it will prove to be the cheaper option. Outdoor solar power lights charge during the day under the sun and illuminate the lawn at night; you never have to worry about the electric bill, even if you choose to illuminate every corner of your lawn.
Another advantage of solar powered lighting is that you do not need cables to connect the lights to the switch, and they are environmentally-friendly.