There is nothing more breathtaking than a home whose beauty is spotlighted and accented by a well-done lighting scheme. The daylight will certainly expose the beauty of one’s home, but at night the garden, pathways and even the trees can come alive in a whole new aspect with well placed lights. And, there are additional benefits to making the effort to add outdoor lighting to your home.
There are three main things that should be kept in mind when planning out your lighting system: aesthetics, security and utility. Bringing out the beauty of your home and its nuances is a reward onto itself, but when properly placed, the lights can also mark out paths and driveways to increase safety. And, anything well lit increases the security of the place as, by rule of thumb, thieves do not like bright lights.
There are many different lighting designs you can do to accent and bring out the best in your home. When designing and installing, a home owner can go the DIY way if the design is something simple, but for something more involved, it’s best the home owner hire a professional. A professional can take into account and figure in the use of color and landscape design, how much light to use and what to keep in mind for future upgrades, where to focus and where to wash. In addition, a professional can design and install the lighting safely and effectively, and install your lighting to be controlled wirelessly, so you can use your smartphone or tablet to control your system should you wish.
The design of your lighting system should take several things into account. For example, do you want to extend the size of your property or mark its boundaries? What needs to be bought into focus and highlighted and what needs to be de-emphasized? Also, you’ll need to account for what’s inside the house when planning for the outside. Is the living area in back? Where are the high traffic areas going to and from the house? What lighting should be used around the windows? You’ll need to find a balance between the aesthetics, security and utility.
When creating your design, you’ll need to plan for what types of lighting you will use. Spot lights are typically used as lighting for trees or shrubs or to highlight an architectural feature, whereas flood lights flood an area with light. Flood lights also are used for security purposes. Landscape and pathway lights are usually set along driveways, walkways, and pathways, accenting not only those structures, but providing light in high-traffic areas. They can be used as accent lights to showcase a yard, garden, or architectural features of buildings and homes. And, underwater lights turn fountains, water features and water gardens into something magical.
Regardless of the design you choose, remember that, when done right, outdoor lighting will bring out the best of your home. With the coming of night and the flick of a switch, the proper lighting can be truly transformative.