Outdoor Lighting Tips
Whether you want to add a professional look to your home after dark, or just in need of some simple accent lighting for a garden or walkway, it helps to have a few practical bits of information at your disposal before you begin making purchases. Here are some simple design tips to keep in mind when considering how you'd like to light or improve upon the lighting in your outdoor landscape.
Choosing The Right Style
There are several different approaches you could use to light up your house or yard, and the amount of options that exist can be exhausting to think about. To simplify matters, much of this depends on the type of house or lot you have. A perfectly manicured lawn or garden is ideal for showcasing at night, while a beautiful brick facade is a feature worth putting in the spotlight. Creating a stunning light effect can be as simple as shining spotlights on eye-catching yard fixtures or foliage to practical uses like lining a walkway or framing your garage.
Creating An Effect
Get creative by playing around with the brightness and placement of your outdoor lights. For example, situating a spotlight behind sculpted shrubbery, and shining the light away from the shrubbery (most effectively against a nearby wall) will produce a striking silhouette effect. Other cool games include placing a light at a higher level, like in a tall tree, to create the illusion of moonlight, perfect for shedding light on a walkway, birdbath or favorite garden fixture.
It's easy to get caught up trying to think of artistic ways to light your outdoor landscape, but some of the most appealing looks stem from practical purposes. Outdoor lighting should first concentrate on the areas where you need light the most. Try thinking about where you navigate at night. Is there a path you need to walk for maintenance after dark? Are there ever moments where you consider bringing a flashlight to complete a task? If so, make sure to address these practical areas before doing anything else. It might create the aesthetic look you had in mind all along.
One frequent mistake homeowners make when adding outdoor lighting concerns the arrangement of their lights. Finding the right balance is essential, and for most properties, this means spreading light out in several different areas of the yard, trying not to overcrowd one specific section, and using different types of light to maintain a pleasing tone of variety. Continuity is important as well. Lighting, unlike gift wrap, doesn't have to cover everything to be presentable. Don't get caught isolating entire clumps in complete darkness, and if you light a walkway, try staggering the lights to create the impression of even distribution.
The best outdoor lighting is pleasing to the eye, and when done right, seems almost effortless; a natural complement to your home or garden. It doesn't take a professional to make your yard shine. Take a look at the many light fixtures, spotlights, lawn ornaments and more at LTD Commodities to bring out the best in your outdoor landscape this season.