Landscape Lighting Tips

Preferred Landscaping - Sample LightingLandscape lighting can really enhance your landscaping or interesting architectural features about your home. In addition, it can improve safety and security. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when developing your lighting plan:

1. Highlight interesting architectural features
2. Uplighting can provide a dramatic effect to an arbor, archway or facade
3. “Wall washer” lighting can enhance a textured fence or wall to provide interest
4. Placing lights behind and behind trees and bushes can create an interesting silhouette
5. For decks or other outdoor entertainment spaces, use low-voltage lights under handrails, stairs and bench seating
6. Use a flood light or other bright lighting to sufficiently illuminate outdoor activity areas at night
7. Unless the fixture is decorative, conceal the light behind the feature you’re illuminating
8. For increased safety illuminate steps, paths, and driveways
9. Subtlety is key – lighting should be tasteful and soft, like moonlight
10. Avoid the use of colored lights
11. Timers or photovoltaic sensors can automatically turn the lights on or off as needed
12. Make sure not to aim lights toward your neighbors
13. Use a variety of lights and techniques to provide interest

If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association you may want to check to see if there are any rules or restrictions regarding landscape lighting.

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