To continue our three part series on landscape lighting, let’s consider the key design principles that will ensure a beautiful and well-planned landscape.
Keep these tips in mind when selecting and placing fixtures:
- Be cohesive – Create the same overall effect throughout the landscape. When lighting separate entities – such as a prominent tree or a featured piece of architecture – the lighting should flow smoothly together.
- Create depth - For example, path lights create interest along the driveway while the viewer travels up toward the property.
- Accentuate focal points – Highlight entryways and stationary pieces to create points of interest. These focal points will engage visitors and encourage them to take a closer look.
- Explore perspectives - Review each angle of the property – including from inside the home. Focus should be given to creating a continuous experience from each viewpoint.
- Show balance and symmetry. Lighting should be proportional across the various areas of the property. Local symmetrical components in different landscape areas, such as columns or corresponding bushes. The goal is for the amount of illumination within and across different areas to be symmetrical.
- Control quality and direction - Select fixtures that set a specific mood, such as broad beams and soft edges or narrow beams with hard edges. Direction simply refers to the where the light projects (i.e. down lighting and up lighting).
Choosing and installing landscape lighting is far more than simply illuminating a property. Keep these design principles in mind when planning your landscape lighting system.