Ways to Create Landscape Lighting
Posted on July 12, 2011
There are two approaches to viewing lighting in your garden. It can be purely decorative, such as highlighting a garden feature, or alternatively it can be totally functional with safety at the forefront of your mind. Either way, landscape lighting can be a very creative and fun process to design. In fact, the right types of lighting placed in strategic areas can lend your garden a romantic atmosphere.
In order to begin your landscape lighting, you.ll need to know the most popular types of garden lighting available and what you can do with them. Here is a quick list:-
- Decorative lanterns
- Accent lights
- Pathway lights
- Submerged lights
- Recessed lights
The best way to decide what areas you want to highlight, is to have a look at your garden when it.s dark and try out different effects with a good flashlight. You won’t be able to see the complete effect, but you will get an idea about individual situations. You.ll need to consider both practicality and aesthetics.
Most people love to spend a good bit of time in the garden. However, bright bold lighting can ruin any ambiance you may be looking for. Keeping things simple will give you a classic look that still retains a sense of romance and mystery.
How Can You Achieve This Look?
- If you have statues/water features in your garden, having lights to pick them out will look fantastic.
- A patio or BBQ area will require flood lights so that you can see.
- Accent lights will work along flower beds or under an archway.
- If you want a feature to be silhouetted, simply position a light behind it.
- Lights in amongst foliage will help create a subtle glow.
- Use white or cream lights to give a more classic look, and other colors such as green and yellow to experiment with.
Pick fixtures that suit the need that a particular location calls for. You can buy well lights that bury in the ground for an uplighting effect in bushes and ornamental grasses, spot lights that are used to focus on a particular feature, down lights that put light on the ground around them, tier lights that give more general lighting, and many others. So, choose a fixture that best meets the requirement.
As you can see there are almost unlimited possibilities when it comes to lighting your outdoor area. The problem you may experience is that you don.t know where to stop. Resist the temptation to light every tree in your yard. After all, you don.t want your garden to double as a stadium!