Lighting in your yard or gardens is known as ‘landscape lighting’. People embrace the idea for their homes, but it is equally common in public locations. There are a number of reasons to add landscape lighting that include everything from safety and security to aesthetics and atmosphere.
Landscape lighting is not a new concept. You can go back hundreds of years and find such rudimentary devices as torches in use to ward off darkness. Today the choices for landscape lighting are nearly endless and designed to meet the dual purposes of safety and beauty.
Lighting options have expanded to meet an increased call for preserving the environment such as energy efficient bulbs, low voltage fixtures and more. A second concern is the cost of operating landscape lighting which is a factor that comes into play with the design and implementation of lighting for the yard, garden, field and other areas.
Landscape lighting can be a complex undertaking that requires many ‘moving parts’. At some point the design must consider power sources, electrical wiring, light fixtures – both for above ground as well as underwater landscape lighting.
It’s undeniable that landscape lighting adds beauty and appeal wherever you find it. Often, homeowners do not realize they can change their lighting system over time as their needs or interests change. We suggest you start by familiarizing yourself with the many landscape lighting options. Use the internet to find properties similar to your own – and find out the type of lighting they chose. You may also decide to work with a landscape lighting designer whose expertise may result in a more professional look.
The types of landscape lighting include:
- spot or accent lighting – single controlled beam
- shadowing – lighting that projects shadows
- silhouetting – lighting that silhouettes something against the night sky
- grazing – lighting something with texture
- downlighting – lights arranged high up to give broader coverage
- diffuse lighting – softer lighting
- uplighting – lights arranged low and pointed upwards
- cross-lighting – using two or more lights placed in different locations and aimed at the same object
No matter whether you choose to create your own version of landscape lighting or hire a landscape designer you must incorporate the expertise of an electrician into the process. Landscape lighting is often complex. Knowing how to place electrical lines and power sources is not a job for the novice.