There are so many reasons to make sure the exterior of your home is well-lit when darkness comes. Sure, highlighting your favorite outdoor features is a prime consideration. But, landscape lighting goes well beyond that.
Architectural Considerations When Lighting Your Landscape
So often in landscape design, homeowners have a few well-placed focal considerations. Sometimes, these elements are actually part of the home itself, such as pillars or a stone or brick wall. A standout tree, such as a cypress or maple tree, are also great points of attention to incorporate landscape lighting.
A low-voltage light added to a garden wall can cast a subtle glow that can be breathtaking under a moonlit sky. Accent lights well-positioned throughout the front yard landscape creates an inviting atmosphere once the sunsets.
Lighting pathways, as well as garden beds, not only adds a layer of security but creates depth to your landscape.
You’ll also want to consider water features, gates, patios, and prized plantings when adding light to your landscape.
Before implementing a landscape lighting design, you’ll need to establish the functionality of your landscape and how the space is used, as well as safety and design considerations.
Landscape lighting brings the exterior of your home to life. Lightness and darkness complement each other and create shadows and contrast to add drama to your outdoor spaces.
Why Hire a Landscape Designer to Install Landscape Lighting?
In the end, landscape lighting isn’t simply adding fixtures to your lawn and garden. Sure, you can purchase a DIY system and install it on the weekend, but it likely won’t result in the effects you’re hoping for.
The ultimate landscape design is an artistic, thoughtful process that is not only for aesthetic purposes, but is functional and offers security as well.
Before settling on a design, though, it helps to define your perspectives when it comes to adding light to your landscape. Identify your main objectives and reasons for doing so.
- Is it because you want your home’s landscape to be the most stand-out one in your neighborhood?
- Maybe you want a breathtaking view when you drive into your driveway after a long day at work?
- Do you want to draw more attention to particular features in your yard?
- Is there a drab area that you feel needs more help as you envision its potential?
- Do you want to highlight your home’s unique architectural features?
- Do you love to entertain in the great outdoors and want to add more security for you and your guests?
- Maybe you want your garden to glow, or you want a patio that’s ready to entertain?
- Do you want to deter criminals by providing a well-lit exterior? One study shows that light can help cut crime by 39 percent.
Maybe it’s all of the above. Landscape lighting is the solution you’re looking for. A landscape designer can best make it happen.
But Wait! There’s More a Landscape Designer Can Do
A landscape designer best understands the functions of each type of lighting fixture and how it interacts with shadows, light, and darkness.
A lighting architect fully understands when to use ambient lighting, task lighting, accent lighting, hanging lights, and so on.
An optimal landscape lighting plan also considers a sustainable maintenance solution as well as the security the design offers. For instance, fixtures need to be placed where they are most likely to avoid excessive debris and leaves from accumulating in them, which can cause them to overheat.
Voltage overload is another consideration. Of course, there are the electrical considerations in terms of both skill and safety.
Motion-sensor lights might also be a good part of your landscape design, but understanding the best place to install them is key.
In the end, no doubt, you’ll want a distinctive and alluring landscape design that serves all your needs. A professional landscape designer is fully able to carry out all of these tasks to offer you the best design possible.
You’ve invested a lot in beautifying your home and creating the type of residence that you can be proud of. Your home’s landscape is another facet of your home, and landscape lighting can add the final touches to create a dream landscape for you and your home’s exterior.
Houston’s Illuminations Lighting Design is Texas’s premier outdoor architect. Our landscape designers have the experience to create your ultimate outdoor space.
We serve the Greater Houston area as well as Bellaire, Missouri City, Webster, Bayton, Pasadena, and all the surrounding areas.
Call us at 713-863-1133 to schedule an appointment with one of our designers. We would love to be your partner in creating the ultimate landscape lighting design for your home.