Landscape Lighting Rules of Thumb – Let Your Light Shine

Landscape Lights on Path

By placing lights on your property the aim is to either enhance its beauty, complement the trees in that area, or it might serve to light up a pathway. Keep in mind that it can all be a little too much if the basic rules are not followed and understood correctly.

When looking at your garden it must be precise, too much of a good thing can turn out to be messy. Don’t put too much light in your garden or pathway because sometimes less is more and it’s a safe way to go. Normally it turns out looking great. Lighting can make or break a garden depending on where and how you place them.

When you add lighting to a garden make sure to use different wattage of bulbs to accompany the feature you want to show off. Even a pathway will be complimented with the right lighting. Apart from just looking stunning, you can use the lights to direct people to where you want them to go and leave them with a pleasant and lasting memory.

Stay away from direct lighting in a pathway; rather make use of pathway fittings which directs the light to an optimal angle. You don’t want to blind a person by placing a light in their line of vision, making it hard to see. This is also very important when ascending steps are being utilized.

Refrain from hot spots around your plantation or trees. Fittings that target the light to shrubs as well as into trees might give a wonderful effect, but there are instances where fixtures that are placed to close to a tree trunk or shrub can kill the effect, creating an obvious hot spot. If you should make use of a LED bulb you have to ensure that it produces a white light and not blue.

These are only a few tips to make your garden more attractive with lights. Play it safe and stay on top.

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Dave Burtner

Dave has been active in the lighting industry since 1994. Formerly a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and certified by the National Council On Qualifications for Lighting Professionals, Dave now writes blog posts, lighting tips and provides lighting product assistance for the Topbulb website.