Landscape lighting enhances the look of your lawn and illuminates your property. Landscape lighting serves several purposes. It offers security during the evening and into the night. Landscape lighting guides guests safely to your home. In addition, it highlights the beauty of your home. Often placed amid flowerbeds, along pathways, beside fences, and around doorways, landscape lighting requires careful placement to achieve the aesthetic appearance desired.
Consider your Home’s Style
Before you even begin to select your lighting, you’ll want to take a close look at your home, your plants, and any landscape elements you want to highlight with your lighting. You may want to take a look at elements you might want to downplay as well. As you plan, think about the color of your home and landscaping and how the landscape lighting will affect their appearance.
The style of your home is an important element that factors into the lighting you choose. Is your home traditional? Do you have a white picket fence, well-manicured plantings, and classic planters? Is your home style more eclectic? Do you have wrought iron accents, informal plantings, ornamental grasses, and free-form style? Are you more Victorian with boxwoods and roses? Do you lean toward the contemporary with geometric, trendy style? You need to consider the implications for your landscape lighting and how it can enhance your style.
Developing Your Mood
Now that you have considered your style and color, you’ll want to take time to consider the mood you want to create with your landscape lighting. Lighting comes in a variety of styles allowing you to be bold, bright, formal, intimate, cozy, or low-key. Now is the time to call on your landscape professionals at Xtreme Landscaping to help you create the look that perfectly fits your home, your style, and your mood.
Getting the Job Done
As you work with your landscaping professionals, they will guide you in proper placement and the appropriate components needed to show your home in its best light. Low voltage lights are a popular choice for two reasons. First, they save you money. Second, they offer the perfect amount of light. On top of that, low voltage landscape lighting is safe.
To begin the process, you and your landscaper should discuss the area to be covered along with the layout of your property. Lighting needs and placement needs to be accessed, keeping in mind distance between lights. The last thing you want is to add a cluttered, out of place look.
A wide variety of lighting options are available for your landscaping. As previously mentioned, you’ll want to select a style that complements your yard and your home. Weather-proof options are available as are accent lights which can be used to emphasize your home’s best features.
Once the placement is determined and the lights are chosen, the plan is chalked out and the trenches are dug to lay the lighting cables. Cables are buried six inches deep. When the cables are complete, the other components will be installed, beginning with the assembly of the parts. The lights are then placed and connected. Finally, the transformer is installed, and the wires connected. Your landscape professional will probably recommend a higher capacity transformer which will help should you want to add additional lighting in the future.
Low voltage landscape lighting is a great choice to enhance the look of your home and your outdoor spaces while adding an extra measure of safety and security for your family and your guests.