Landscape Lighting for Beauty and Safety
Landscape lighting can add elegance and safety to any outdoor space. The right outdoor lighting can add immense value to any property. The first and foremost reason to add landscape lighting is to provide a safe environment so people can be gently guided towards the pathways and steps. Placing lights in the pool area makes it safer to have a swim at night. Lighting up dim areas around the house also deters people from criminal activities. It also increases the usability of the outdoor space even after sun down. So you can enjoy a pleasant evening with your friends and family by the pool or barbeque out in the patio. Adding landscape lighting creates a very charming ambiance around your property.
The latest trend in landscape lighting is LED lights. These lights are very energy-efficient, versatile and require minimum maintenance. The latest technology has also allowed a much superior control over the lighting design. Now you can control zoned lighting as well as dimming and choose a multitude of colors directly from your smart phone. You can change the ambiance from soft, warm white light to brighter color combinations like red and green for Christmas, orange for Halloween or any other color combination that suits your needs. In addition to LED lights, LED strips are also becoming increasingly popular in new landscaping. They have the flexibility to be molded in any shape and are perfect to wrap around the bottom of cabinets or the grill in an outdoor kitchen for ambiance.
Solar Lights are another cost-effective option for landscape lighting. But they do depend on a certain amount of sunshine and require occasional battery recharging. Solar lights use solar cells, which convert sunlight into electricity. Using them won’t increase your electric bill and there is no hassle of laying the electricity wires in the ground.
By using these lighting fixtures with the right technique one can create a really astounding ambiance in the landscape. These lights should highlight focal points, such as trees, fountains, pathways and even architectural features to create a dramatic effect, but the lights themselves should be discreet. Outdoor lights can be used in a number of creative ways to enhance the beauty of the landscape. For instance, up lighting uses low-voltage light to light an element such as a tree from the ground up to show off its shape and structure. While down lighting is hung just high enough to spread a circle of light around a certain feature. Underwater lighting produces an extra special effect at night. Moving water can produce fascinating ripples and glints and lighting the water from underneath ads depth to the water feature. Cross lighting lights a certain feature from two sides. It can highlight the main feature of your garden and soften the look at the same time. Moonlighting is placed high in a tree aiming downward. The leaves and branches of the tree cast shadows and mimic the effect of full moon light.
Landscape lighting can add a lot of drama and personality to a space. It makes the otherwise dull outdoors look inviting and safe so that you can enjoy your property fully, both from inside and outside.