Your home’s landscape lighting should never be left to chance. There is just too much at stake, whether it’s a concern over the cost of your electric bill each month or providing for the safety and security of your family. Don’t forget about your home’s curb appeal either. This is particularly important for those homeowners who are contemplating a resale of their property in the near future.
Simply put, the wrong landscape lighting plan can have a detrimental impact on your wallet and your home. That’s why it’s so important that you understand the various types of outdoor lighting that are available to beautify and protect your home.
When you’re ready to add some much-needed landscape lighting to the exterior of your house and property, take a look at these five options and then give the experts at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives a call to discuss how best to incorporate them into a dedicated lighting scheme that brings you all of the benefits you and your family deserve.
1. Pathway Lighting
Perhaps the most important task your outdoor lighting should accomplish is to keep you, your family, and your guests safe from harm when visibility is at a minimum after the sun goes down. Walking around in the dark can lead to a trip and fall incident where someone can get hurt. But when your walkways and pathways are well-lit you need not worry about any injuries taking place.
2. Lantern Lighting
What’s great about lanterns is that you can place them just about anywhere and they will be extremely useful at providing the illumination you really need. Try placing a few near your patio or deck or next to the pool and they can offer a warm, atmospheric glow. There are so many lantern lighting options available at the moment so you should be able to find the right type to match your home’s exterior décor and architectural style.
3. Flood Lighting
These are pretty self-explanatory; a flood light is intended to “flood” any area with an abundance of lighting. You can use flood lighting to brighten up any part of your landscape to show off any features around the house that you may be especially proud of while illuminating the space to provide peak visibility.
4. Shadow Lighting
This is a technique used to provide a dramatic effect that can be displayed against the side of the house or along a canopy of trees. You place a fixture on the ground and point the beam of light up towards an object such as a tree or fountain to cast a large shadow. Your shadow can be long and soft or tight and severe depending on where you place the fixture in relation to the object.
5. Down Lighting
Placing a light fixture from a high position with the beam of light pointed down towards the ground is a similar concept to flood lighting, however the illumination provided is intended to be softer and less overwhelming than the flood alternative. Your down lighting can be positioned and aimed for a glowing effect with a lower wattage bulb installed in the fixture.