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Decorating Your Landscape With Lights

Night lighting doesn’t always have to be about safety and security. Even when the sun sets, you can still bring life to your garden with the help of night lights. The flowerbed that you had to re-plant a few months ago because your dog made a playpen out of it, your favourite waterfall, the centrepiece of your whole landscape, with its’ waters musically flowing into the connected pond, and other features your garden has, can continue to show off their beauty at night with good outdoor landscape lighting.

Outdoor lighting back in the day were only used to light up pathways and entrances for safety purposes. Today, not only are lights being used for the same purpose – it has now also become an art and a popular trend in the landscaping industry.

Planning and deciding how you want your lighting to be arranged and organized is the first step in designing your lighting system. There are three main categories:

1. Path Lighting – this uses equipment that focuses light onto paths and walkways. Even if primarily used for security, this kind can still create attractive lighting effects.

2. Spread Lighting – this distributes light among your landscape. More areas will be emphasized, as this kind doesn’t just focus on a single object.

3. Accent Lighting – this focuses light onto a single object or feature but allows for peripheral lighting in surrounding areas.

Here are a few basic techniques one needs to know about landscape lighting:

1. Focal Points – lights establish focal points on various plants and other features in your landscape.

2. Symmetry and Balance – this highlights the structures and forms that have essential beauty.

3. Perspective – you should treat your scenery as if it were a 3D canvas to generate visual interest from all potential viewpoints.

4. Depth – directing the viewer’s visual experience, meaning, visual interest should be added to your whole landscape.

5. Quality and Direction – this is when you “paint” your scenery with various lights to set a desired mood.

Many landscapers offer free lighting design training for those who wish to learn and apply their techniques so homeowners can do it themselves. However, it is also possible to hire landscapers to do the job for you and to also help in designing the best locations to place lights.

Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting

If you want to have a beautiful lighted lawn at night, you must install one or two transformers because the electricity running into your home could hold an amount as high as a dangerous 120 volts, depending on how many lights you have. The more, the scarier. Having a transformer can reduce the voltage, for example, from 120 volts to 12 volts only. The problem with this is, in most cases, the further the light is from the transformer, the dimmer. However, the solutions are quite easy. One option is you could upgrade to a better transformer. Another is you could build multiple transformers. It would be advisable to hire an electrician to do and solve your electrical problems for you because they are experts, after all.