Landscape Lighting Tips

 Landscape Lighting Tips

Here are 7 steps to crafting the perfect outdoor light landscape.

Step 1. Make use of different types of outdoor lights:


Spotlights: Adjustable lights illuminate a feature, such as a landscaped area.

Lantern-Style Lights: The classic shape of these lights adds visual interest in daylight, too.

Path Lights: Make walkways safe with these low lights that project a soft glow downward.

Post Caps: These decorative accents mount on a fence or deck post.


Step 2. Remember to light your driveway. Alternate path light locations to avoid the look of an airport runway.


Step 3. Use a spotlight to illuminate house numbers. Your guests — and the pizza guy — will love you for it.


Step 4. Shed light on dark spots in the yard, potential hazards (such as steps), pathways, and focal points such as an entrance or trees.


Step 5. Lights should be spaced 8 to 10 feet [2.44 m - 5.09 m] apart.


Step 6. Consider the advantages of solar lights. No wiring means no digging. Solar lights can be placed individually. Use a rubber mallet to drive the anchor or stake deep enough to be stable. A fully charged solar light will shine for 8 hours.


Step 7. Play with different lighting patterns to highlight lawn attributes. To create a silhouette effect, light the surface behind an object using spots or floods. To downlight, mount the light high (in a tree), and aim the light down for soft, dappled light. Use crosslighting to show off an attractive feature or a tree by placing lights on either side of the object. This lighting shows off detail and design.



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