While not always given the credit it deserves, landscape lighting is one of those enhancements that can take your property to a whole new level. Not only will it add tremendous ‘wow’ factor in terms of aesthetics, but it will also make a huge impact on the overall usability of your space. You want to be able to enjoy your property at any hour of the day and landscape lighting can be the factor that makes that possible.
Of course, that’s assuming you have the best landscape lighting—and there is definitely a difference. Not all landscape lighting additions are created equal.
We understand that you might not know much about what your property needs to look and perform at its best, which is why we’ve put together this guide. We want to help you understand what constitutes the best landscape lighting and how you can achieve the look and purpose you’re after.
Exterior House Lighting Tips
Landscape lighting has the unique ability to highlight the aesthetic appeal of your property in the evening hours. This can be achieved with various lighting additions, including some of the following most popular ones.
• Up-lighting or down-lighting trees
• Exterior wall lighting
• Outdoor structure lighting
Of course, lighting also serves an important functional purpose by making your outdoor spaces usable in the evening hours—while also increasing safety and security. The lighting elements that make your space more functional have the added benefit of also making your well-lit property look great, too. These include some of the following types of lighting.
• Pergola and pavilion lighting
• Outdoor kitchen lighting
• Built-in retaining wall or stair lighting
• Walkway lighting
• Driveway lighting
• Pool lighting
DIY Landscape Lighting vs. Working with a Pro
While lighting sounds like a simple enough addition, like any other aspect of an outdoor living area, design and layout must be considered. Though many homeowners attempt a DIY landscape lighting approach—installing simple fixtures from the local big box store—there are benefits to working with a pro.
For one, as mentioned, the design and layout will be taken into account by a professional. One of the biggest mistakes that is often made with landscape lighting is the installation of too many—or too few—fixtures. You don’t want your property to look like an airport runway with too many (or too bright) walkway lights—but you also need enough lighting with strategic placement to be able to navigate the full property.
Another problem with a DIY landscape lighting approach is that the products sold at local stores are not going to last. They are low quality and not designed for the long-term. We’ve even heard from clients who have worked with so-called pros but still received inferior lighting products, so this is something to be careful about. You want to make sure that you receive the best possible products for your investment.
It’s also important to note the importance of LED outdoor lighting, which is far superior to the old lighting technology. Because LED outperforms old landscape lighting, you’ll ultimately save money on your energy bills and your maintenance costs.
Choosing a Landscape Pro for the Best Landscape Lighting
While a lot of people assume that landscape lighting is just a matter of adding a few spotlights around your property and some path lights to your walkway, there’s so much more to it than that. From proper wiring to the best fixtures to even the design—outdoor lighting can be a complex endeavor.
For these reasons, your best bet is to work with a landscaping professional who has experience with lighting projects. Don’t assume that every landscaper does. There are plenty of landscape companies who have not performed many lighting jobs—and a few jobs here or there over the years is not enough to become skilled.
In order to ensure that the job is performed well, you want to hire a company that is experienced with landscape lighting.
At Exscape Designs, we have experience building complete outdoor living areas, including the lighting. We understand that landscape lighting is a critical feature to the overall space and that it’s not something to be overlooked or treated as an afterthought. We’ll incorporate lighting into the design in a way that will truly enhance your space—allowing it to both look and perform at its best.
You deserve to have a fantastic outdoor space and lighting can be the feature that truly makes it shine.