Landscape Lighting | In-Ground Well Light by Hinkley
Landscape lighting can transform your home and add instant curb appeal. Besides looking great, landscape lighting increases your home’s security and can be used to create outdoor living spaces. To get the most out of your landscape lights, it is wise to plan your fixture type and placement before installing it and to use a mixture of lighting techniques.
Safe and Secure
Keep your home safe for your family and guests, and deter intruders from your property. A well-lit exterior, complete with path lighting and step lights, makes it easy to navigate your yard in the dark and avoid tripping hazards and other dangers. Proper outdoor lighting also makes your home less appealing to potential thieves and intruders. While there is no guarantee, mischievous activity is much more likely to be noticed at a home with adequate exterior lighting, which is a major deterrent.
Landscape Lighting Techniques
Mark walking paths and highlight landscape features along the way with path lighting. The main objective of path lighting is to keep the walker safe. Place fixtures on any bend in your path and stagger the lighting so that the whole walk is evenly lit but not flooded with light. Place your path lights near interesting plants, boulders and other features to create a more exciting and beautiful walkway.
LED Path Lights by Kichler
An important safety feature to add to your outdoor light-scape is step lighting. Step lights can be used for porch or deck stairways as well as for steps along a path. Note that it is best to create contrast for the walker by lighting every other step.
Highlight stonework, textures and unique architectural features with a grazing technique. Use a floodlight or spotlight placed close to the wall and directed upward to pick up the texture of the wall and cast shadows for emphasis.
Ambient exterior lighting can be achieved using a wall-washing technique, which works especially well on walls and hedges. For this effect, use a wide-beam fixture and face it toward the area that you would like to light up. Some experimentation with your fixture’s height, angle and placement may be required to create your desired look.
When you wall-wash directly behind a plant or object, you create a silhouette effect. This happens because the wall is covered in light but obstructed by an unlit tree or statue that appears in the dark to be a shadow or silhouette.
Trees, statues and interesting plants can all play a role in the effect of shadowing. Place an accent lamp in front of the tree or statue, at the base, with the light aimed toward your home to cast a shadow of the object onto your exterior wall. You can adjust the angle of the light for added drama — a lower light angle will result in a smaller shadow, while a higher-angle light will create a more extensive shadow.
Flood Lights by Kichler
Outdoor Living Space
Creating an outdoor living space is a great way to enjoy the warmer months and use your yard to its full potential. It can be as easy as building a stone fire pit and setting out a few chairs. Use path lights around the perimeter of your space to help define the area and ensure safety going to and from it in the dark.
In-Ground Well Lighting by Hinkley