Outdoor Landscape Lighting Basics

Outdoor Landscape Lighting Basics

Light is seen differently throughout the day and night, which is critical for illuminating walkways and other outdoor areas. Certain lighting concepts, on the other hand, are universal.

Regardless of whether you’re lighting an interior space or an outdoor one, there are typically three levels of illumination to consider:

  • Overall lighting illuminates the whole room or area.
  • Task lighting is to illuminate a specified area, such as a table.
  • Accent lighting is used to attract emphasis to a particular object or region. In most cases, floodlights or spotlights are used to achieve this result.

Light bulbs for outdoor light fixtures come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

  • Incandescent bulbs give out a warm glow, but they burn out quickly and use a lot of energy.
  • Halogen bulbs have a longer lifespan and use less energy.
  • Fluorescent light bulbs now come in a broader spectrum of colors, last considerably longer, and use less energy.
  • However, while the cost of LED landscape lighting bulbs may be higher, the extended lifespan and low energy usage of these bulbs more than make up for it.

You may incorporate landscape lights close to an electrically powered building in the wiring system of the house you live in. Outdoor lighting powered by solar panels is yet another environmentally beneficial alternative.

Ideas For Using Outdoor Lighting In Landscapes

Even while outdoor lighting may be installed just about everywhere, there are specific locations where it is an absolute must. Areas that need enough illumination in a landscape include:

Paths: Visitors will feel more welcomed and safe when strolling along a well-lit walkway, which provides light that enhances hospitality while also enhancing safety. Low-intensity downlighting eliminates glare. Pathways can be illuminated with individually-lit pavers.

Entries: Front, rear, and side entry doors should all have lights installed, either on each side of the door or high overhead.

Gazebos, Pergolas, Or Trellises: Pergolas and arbors, for example, may be highlighted in the outside environment with lighting.

Architectural Features: Outdoor lighting can emphasize a wall, for example, by washing or grazing it. A wall wash is created by directing a broad beam of light towards a wall from a distance of a few feet. The highlights and shadows created by the light grazing a wall are intriguing. Both are useful for bringing attention to adjacent plants.

Landscape lighting fixtures are available for almost any location. On the other hand, any outdoor fixture must be certified for “UL wet site” usage.

Outdoor Light Pollution

Unwanted light pollution may be created by excessive or improperly placed lighting, which shines into indoor spaces, obscures the night sky, causes glare that momentarily blinds individuals, and wastes resources. Landscape lighting can cause light pollution, so follow these guidelines to minimize it.

  • Aim lights carefully: At night, place lights in strategic locations and make sure you can see where they are.
  • Shield bulbs: Concentrate light where you want it with lights that include reflectors and shields as features.
  • Minimize wastage: A higher wattage bulb will provide a harsher light with no discernible improvement in aesthetics or safety. When it comes to lighting, low-wattage bulbs are usually sufficient.
  • Control the light: You may save energy and money by using separate lighting zones with timers and controls that only turn on or dim when needed.
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