Homeowners work hard to make sure the outside of their homes reflect a beautiful and welcoming environment. This is done by selecting shrubs, flowers and plants to improve the curb appeal. One aspect of creating the perfect scenery is often overlooked: landscape lighting Kansas City.
When night falls, the beautifully planned and designed yard disappears. A solution to this is spending as much time selecting the right lighting and making sure it is properly installed.
The Basics of Outdoor Lighting
Light during the day looks quite different at night. Still, some principles remain true such as three layers of functionality: overall, task and accent.
Overall lighting illuminates an entire space. Task determines what the lighting is used for, such as illuminating a pathway. Accent draws attention to an area or object.
There are a variety of bulbs that are suitable for outdoor lighting. Fluorescents, which consume less energy and last longer, come in a wide variety colors. Incandescent bulbs consume more energy and have a short life despite the pleasing light they emit. An alternative to incandescent bulbs is halogen which, like fluorescents, typically lives longer and consumes less energy.
Pick the Right Placement
Another consideration for getting the most out of lighting your landscape is knowing the best spots.
- Architectural features: highlights a wall and can create interesting shadows
- Decks or patios: use to light up seating areas, railings or cooking spot
- Driveway: placement of low-voltage lighting works well
- Entries: placement works at all entry doors and can go overhead or on either side of doors
- Gazebos: highlights an interesting element of your outdoor landscape
- Pathways: visitors feel more secure with a well-lit path
- Steps: another functional safety feature with the right lights
Avoiding Light Pollution
While lighting outdoors is a good thing for many reasons, too much light can create unwanted results. Poorly installed lighting has the same polluted effect. You could have lights that temporarily blinds people or shines through indoor rooms.
One way to avoid light pollution is making sure lights are aimed carefully. Do the positioning at night to get a realistic view. Another thing to do is get fixtures with reflectors so lights concentrate in the right areas. Also, check your wattage to avoid creating harsh lighting that does not increase safety or improve aesthetics.
A little goes a long way when lighting your landscape. Have a plan. Walk around the yard at night before buying anything to envision how you want to best use different spaces to beautify your landscape with the right lighting.