Once a homeowner decides to add lighting to their Houston home’s landscape, most think about the style of lighting fixtures they’re going to add. Many don’t give a thought of how bright the
light should be. That is, until after all the fixtures are in place and they notice that some areas aren’t bright enough while others are too bright.
When all is said and done, many homeowners wish a certain architectural feature was more illuminated. Or, they notice the dark corner of the yard where they worry prowlers might lurk.
How Bright Should Your Landscape Lighting Be?
Bulbs use varying amounts of lumens and it really takes an expert to go out to your home and evaluate which bulbs are the best for your landscape. Even if you’ve already added landscape lights and are unhappy with the results, our lighting professionals can help determine the right adjustments.
The contours of your yard are also a factor. Downlighting can showcase the contour of your landscape while emphasizing garden paths and borders. Downlighting also offers ambient light
for entertaining and helps to address some of the safety and security concerns in the landscape. In up lighting, lights are positioned up towards a tree of focus, a large collection of shrubs, a
statue, or another point of interest like an architectural feature.
Garden and pathway lights should highlight and accent your landscape once the sunsets. So, you want to make sure they’re bright enough, but not so bright that the colors in your yard are
lost. You’ll want a solution that Goldilocks herself would be happy with – one that’s just right. Path lights should support each other and overlap. These types of accent lights typically put out
up to 180 lumens and the amount of lights used determines how much light focuses on your pathway and landscaping.
If security is more of a concern, motion lights with sensors or other security lights will help protect your home. If someone approaches your home, you want the lights to be bright enough
to ward off trespassers.
Adequate landscape security lighting should definitely be at the top of your priority list. If your current security lighting isn’t offering enough illumination for your yard, you may need to replace
the bulbs or the fixtures, or both. Your floodlights should have 700 to 1300 lumens. At Illuminations Lighting Design in Houston, we have a plethora of options to give you what you need.
Other Bright Ideas to Consider
LED lighting technology makes energy-efficient lighting easier. In a nutshell, it’s a smarter outdoor lighting solution.
We can help you determine which bulbs and lumens are appropriate for your landscape and where the fixtures should be positioned.
But, one thing many homeowners don’t consider is the statutes and regulations regarding exterior lighting. Your homeowner’s association may have its own ideas and the city of Houston
itself may consider certain upgrades to be a violation. A Houston lighting professional is familiar with these codes and will take extra care to follow them.
We’ll offer a holistic approach to determining the best lighting solutions for your outdoors. We enjoy working with our clients in making the best choices that align with your design choices and
Illuminations Lighting Design has worked with Houston homeowners since 2004. We’re a leading lighting design and electrical company in the entire Southeastern region of Texas.
We’ve helped many happy homeowners find the best outdoor lighting solutions for their needs.
Contact our lighting professionals today at 713-863-1133. Remember, we also serve areas that extend outside of Houston, including Beaumont, Midland, Dallas, and everywhere in between.