Landscaping lighting helps extend your lighting to the yard and lets you enjoy the outside for as long as you want. Landscape lighting also provides exterior home security, comfort, and visual aid for your back and front yard.
One of the keys to an outdoor extension of your home is the right lighting.
While outdoor landscape lighting can be placed virtually anywhere, some spots make it an absolute must. Those include:
Paths: A well-lit path is both welcoming and required, providing illumination that extends hospitality to visitors and makes walking more secure. High illumination isn’t necessary, and downlights will prevent glare. Individually lit pavers can also be used to light a pathway.
Entries: Place lights either to each side of a door or overhead at front, back, and side entry doors.
Driveway: Low-voltage lights are a good option along a driveway.
Steps: Steps should be lighted for safety; either the risers or the treads can be lit.
Decks or Patios: Lighting can be used to illuminate specific task areas on a deck or patio, such as a kitchen or cooking spot, as well as railings and seating areas. Uplighting, which is harder to accomplish outside, can be used on a deck or patio to send light upward on an umbrella or deck “ceiling” for an indirect effect.
Gazebos, Pergolas, or Trellises: Lighting is a good way to highlight an interesting built element in the outdoor landscape.
Architectural Features: Outdoor landscape lighting can be used to highlight a wall, for example, by washing it or grazing it. When a wide beam of light is aimed at a wall from a few feet away, it creates a wall wash. A light used to graze a wall creates interesting highlights and shadows. Both will provide a little accent to nearby plants.
Do you have a terrace, back garden or pool area that you like to entertain in on the summer nights? We’ll create a custom scene for it! With one button you can turn on your overhead lights, garden lights, fountain lights (any light that you want in that party area. You can also have the path lights that go to the party area turned on, and all others go off. We offer a full line of home lighting control systems, that can stand-alone or be integrated into a complete home automation system. You can master the lighting of your home, with simple keypads installed in select rooms, or even remotely via a secure Internet connection.
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