How you light your landscape can make a huge difference in the look of your yard. With the proper lighting, your outdoor space can go a long way.
There are some basics to be aware of in order to find the perfect lighting for your landscape. For starters, light has intensity, or quantity emitted, and color. The color of a particular lightbulb can be found on the packaging; it is a number that ranges from 1800 kelvins (K), which is very red in tone, to 7500 K, which is a bluish white.
Whether indoors or outdoors, lighting is typically separated into three sections based on function: overall light provides illumination for a whole room or space, task lighting is used for a specific purpose, such as to light a path, and accent lighting draws attention to an object or area.
Lighting Placement: Lighting can be placed anywhere, but there are certain spots where it can be an absolute must:
Paths: A well-lit path is both welcoming and required, providing illumination that extends hospitality to visitors and makes walking more secure. High illumination isn’t necessary, and downlights will prevent glare. Individually lit pavers can also be used to light a pathway
- Entries: Lights can be placed either to each side of a door or overhead at front, back, and side entry doors
- Driveway: Low-voltage landscape lighting is a good option along a driveway.
- Steps: Steps should be lighted for safety; either the risers or the treads can be lit
- Decks or Patios: Lighting can be used to illuminate specific task areas on a deck or patio, such as a cooking spot, along with railings and seating areas. Uplighting, which is harder more difficult to do outside, can be used on a deck or patio to send light upward on an umbrella or deck “ceiling.”