Tips for Planning Landscape Lighting for Your Home

Lighting plays an important part in landscape design. It provides security, safety, mood and can highlight specific features at night. Lighting can make a difference in how your home is perceived and it is important when you decide to sell your home. How and where you place your lighting makes a big difference in the safety or appearance of your home at night. Here are some things to think about if you are planning to make changes in your home’s outdoor lighting.

Decide what you want to do

Before you go out and buy different types of lights and related wiring and equipment, figure out what you are trying to accomplish with your lighting. Are you just lighting for safety, such as reducing a trip hazard on your steps or lighting up a strange, dark corner? Do you want to highlight a special feature or area that you use at night? Is the lighting mainly going to be practical or artistic? After you’ve figure out what you want to do, you can decide on the brightness, color and design for your outdoor lighting. Make sure you have a workable plan in place before you being.

Figure out your budget

Check your budget to make sure you are able to do the type of project you desire. When thinking about your budget, also consider the costs of running electricity and hiring a professional for installation. High-voltage lighting, for example, not only costs more to run, but may be overwhelming for your property. Lighting that is not adequate enough, though it is inexpensive, may not be enough to reduce safety concerns. It’s important to strike a balance between your pocketbook and your lighting needs.

Installing, aiming and adjusting your lighting

If you are installing the lighting yourself, be sure that you have all the necessary wiring and transformers to keep your lights running for the long-term. Depending on the type of lighting you’ve chosen, you may need to adjust the brightness and aim so that it illuminates the objects and creates the effect you want. Be aware of the shadows that trees and other objects may cast when you adjust your aim. Some types of lighting are at a fixed angle and may not be able to be adjusted.

Be sure to read all instructions on installing your new lighting equipment before you begin installation. If you are unsure on how or where to install your lighting, contact a landscape designer for more tips. If you need help with the electrical side of installation, hire an electrician who can safely install the system for you.