Tips for Adding Lighting to Your Landscape

Adding light to your landscaping will not only add security, but the right lighting will also make your d├ęcor stand out during those moonlit nights.

Here’s some tips for setting up lighting for your landscape or garden.

Before purchasing your lighting, you need to decide how much light you want to add to your property. Taking a walk around your property at night will help you decide where the most lighting is needed for both safety and ambience. The moon and any streetlights will be your guide in helping where more lighting is needed.

Places such as stairways and walkways need more lighting than moonlight or a small porch light. This is not only a safety issue but also where security could be an issue. Lights do not have to be as bright as spotlights, but adequate lighting could also detour a possible criminal from trespassing.

Those who are looking to break into a dwelling will look for the darkest way to enter. By having lighting in these areas, you are adding security for you and your family.

Once you have budgeted how much you would like to spend, be sure to shop around. Buying the best product at the best price will help save money on your landscaping project purchases. The money that is saved can be used on other projects that you would like to complete.

Once the lighting is purchased it is then time for the installation process. As a safety measure, be sure not to place lighting where someone will trip over the fixture or any type of wiring. The best of intentions when installing outside lighting can cause an accident if they are too close to a walkway. Many wires can be hidden under a layer of rocks, under the soil, or behind other objects.

In regards to the placement of the fixtures, the fixtures do not have to show unless you purchased special lights that are meant to be seen. Some landscapers may suggest to do just the opposite and have the lights hidden so that the landscaping is seen, not the lights. This makes the landscaping more attractive, both during the day and at night. Fixtures can be hidden in the bushes or on the side of larger objects. When the lights are turned on, they will then cast a nice hue on a tree or decoration and are not too bright. Having lights that are overpowering will distract from the landscaping instead of adding to it.

Planning and budgeting are key elements in creating a beautiful landscape. Be advised that anything electrical will add some cost to your electric bill each month. This extra cost in the electric bill is something that may or may not be of importance, as it depends upon how often the feature will be used and if there is a solar option or not.

For questions on outdoor lighting, contact local landscapers or nurseries; they have experience in lighting options and their insights could save you a buck or two. Some landscapers even provide a consulting services where for a small onetime fee they will come to your residence and tell you exactly what you need to buy, how to install it on your own, and give you an idea of how your lights should be placed on your landscape for the best visual appeal.