We all know how important lighting can be when it comes to taking photos of our friends and family, so why wouldn’t it be important when it comes to lighting up your home? A well-lit property with creative landscape lighting not only improves the curb appeal of your home but can also ensure the safety of you and your guests when entering or leaving your home. In this blog article, we’ll cover some design concepts and types of landscape lighting you can use to upgrade the look and ambiance of your home’s landscaping.
Landscape Lighting Design
When done well, landscape lighting design can transform your outdoor spaces. However, achieving an impressive landscape lighting design can be trickier than it seems. Garden lighting, or landscape lighting, refers to the use of outdoor illumination for public landscapes, gardens, and private land. There are always two primary objectives that a landscaper or homeowner should focus on when looking at landscape lighting ideas: aesthetics and safety or security.
Types of Landscape Lighting
There are multiple different types of landscape lighting you can use to create different effects on your home. However, as we mentioned above, there are different lighting tools you use depending on which aspects of landscape lighting design you are trying to focus on, safety or aesthetics.
Ways to Highlight Outdoor Areas
- Pathway lighting – For a side passageway on your home or a path leading to a garden, simple guide lights not only transform the outside of your home the also help ensure the safety of you and your guests at nighttime.
- Flower bed lighting – Gardens will sometimes have flower beds by the perimeter or near a fence. Adding lights to your flower beds and angling them up to the fence or bushes/trees can draw the eye away from the lawn and make your garden look more spacious.
- Deck lighting – If possible, embedding lights into the timber paneling of your deck, in the steps, or around your seating area can help draw the eye and create a finished look.
- Feature lighting – If your garden doesn’t have as many plants, or you want to highlight statues or furniture, even simple design features can look more impressive when properly lit.
- Tree lighting – If your property has a lot of trees, consider using up lights to create strong shadows and make them really stand out.
Which Lights to Use for Landscape Lighting
- LED well lights – Well lights are great for striking the sides of a building – especially columns or any architectural features of your home. They are typically mounted flush with the ground, so they are easy to incorporate with your overall design.
- Waterproof spotlights – This type of landscape lighting is safe to use around water, so it’s perfect for illuminating ponds or water features on your property.
- LED floodlights – This type of lighting have wide beam angles and are good for lighting large shrub areas that line the side of a building. Typically, this type of lighting is used more for safety and security rather than aesthetics.
- Recessed step lighting – This lighting type is available in a variety of designs and can be used to not only make your home more visually appealing but enhances the safety of your home as well.
Lighting your landscaping may seem simple but can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. At Cutters Edge, our team has decades of experience providing landscaping solutions for our clients in South Florida, no matter how big or small your budget. If you’re interested in upgrading your landscape lighting, contact the team at Cutters Edge today to begin discussing your plans.