Landscape lighting isn’t always top of mind when it comes to home maintenance tasks; however, there are many benefits to outfitting your landscape with an exterior lighting plan in order to provide safety, security, as well as add curb appeal throughout the evening hours.
We’re bringing it back to basics today, and suggest before devising your landscape lighting plan – stop, and ask yourself these 4 questions. We think you’ll be glad you did!
- #1: Do you have current lighting fixtures installed and the necessary outlets on hand?
Most new construction homes come equipped with outlet sources on the left and right corners of the home. Confirm that outlets exist. If you cannot locate the outlets, contact a licensed electrician.
- #2: What details do you want to highlight?
As outlets are crucial from a functional standpoint – so subject details are critical from an aesthetic standpoint. What are your favorite parts of your home and landscape that you want to accentuate and bring to life? Whether it’s a garden, unique architectural element or cobblestone pathway – determining what you want to illuminate will guide you in determining which fixtures to invest in. As a quick tip, a combination of high and low lights achieves the best results.
- #3: What types of lights do you need?
The primary categories for landscape lights are flood lights, spotlights and path lights – and you’ll probably want a combination of all three. Flood lights cast a wide distribution of light that covers a large area, whereas spotlights are a directed beam, ideal for highlighting specific focal points. Path lights are best for, of course, lighting walkways and pathways.
- #4: Are you coordinating your landscape lighting with other decorative outdoor fixtures?
If so, you’ll want to make sure your color temperatures are compatible for an even illuminated look. If you are not coordinating with other lights, then determining your color temperature is easy (but remember, you’ll want to stay consistent!). The higher the number is on the Kelvin scale, the “bluer” the hue. You’ll get a bright white light around 3500K – 4100K. For a warmer look you’ll want to go below 3500K.