Professional Designer Tips on Landscape Lighting

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Designing a landscape is more than just choosing pretty flowers and shrubbery. It involves creating a lighting scheme that highlights the features of the landscape. It also requires a number of different light fixtures, which can make it frustrating for a homeowner to tackle. This is especially true if they have no prior experience with landscape lighting schemes. Here are a few tips and tricks on landscape lighting.

Sources of Heat

The number one rule of outdoor lighting is that you must take into account that certain lights will produce heat. That being said, these light fixtures should not be placed in areas where they could start fires or accidentally burn a young child.

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This is especially true if you plan to use halogen bulbs in your outdoor lights, as these can produce a great deal of heat. Halogen bulbs are great for a lamp post or flood lights, but may not be good for lower level fixtures such as pathway lighting. For those outdoor lights, consider using LED or fluorescent light bulbs instead, as these produce less heat and therefore are less dangerous in landscape lighting.

Cable in Gardens

When placing landscape lighting in a garden, it may be better to leave the black cable over top rather than digging a two or three in tread and burying it. This is because when you are weeding or gardening, you may accidentally stab the cable with your spade or damage the cable in some other way. This may require you to then replace the entire cable before your outdoor lights will begin working again.

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However, if you are installing outdoor lights along a pathway, it’s better to bury the cable below the sod to ensure the cable doesn’t get damaged whenever the lawn is mowed.

Garden Placement

Speaking of the garden, you’ll need to take great care when actually placing the light fixtures. Remember that plants grow in size, so you’ll need to provide adequate spacing to allow for plant growth.

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When you’re purchasing your plants, take note of how large the plant will grow and how much spacing is needed between plants. Then, using these measurements, add an additional few inches between the largest diameter of the plant and your chosen light fixtures. This will help ensure that your plants won’t overtake the light fixture.

Glare Guards

In some cases, your landscape light fixtures may give off a glare in your line of sight. When this happens, it can be extremely difficult viewing your home in the evening hours without light shining in your eyes. That being said, consider investing in some glare guards. Glare guards will reduce the glare and removing it from your line of sight.

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Highlighting

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Lastly, don’t forget that you don’t have to only position light fixtures facing forward to highlight the plants or architectural details of your home. You can also position lights behind these items to create beautiful silhouettes in the evening hours. This can make just as much of a statement as forward lighting. Images [ 1 / 2 / 3 /4 / 5 ]

Light up your landscape today! Check out all that Arcadian Lighting has to offer by checking out our sections on wall sconces and hanging lanterns and much more!

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