If you have worked hard on your landscaping but something still isn’t quite right, or even if you want to add a finishing touch, but you aren’t quite sure what it is, lighting could be the missing key. Lighting plays an important role in the way your landscape looks, especially at night. Below are some ways to utilize new lighting to really spruce up your landscape.
The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to choosing lighting for your landscape is the difference between indoor and outdoor lighting. For instance, you won’t need to worry much about reflection outdoors since surfaces tend to stay dark and won’t reflect much light at all. Glare could be an issue, though, so you will want to make sure you position your lights so they illuminate the right areas while still shielding them in such a way that they don’t hurt your eyes when you look toward them.
Another important consideration is the difference between direct and indirect lighting. A direct light is something designed to illuminate a specific object or relatively small area, such as your entry door or a flag on a flagpole. Indirect lighting, on the other hand, is designed to provide a soft wash of light on all the surfaces it reaches. The most aesthetic landscapes make use of both direct and indirect lighting in ways that are not only pleasing to the eye, but also functional for visitors.
Now that you have read about the differences between indoor, outdoor, direct, and indirect lighting, it’s time to choose where you will put your lights. The most popular areas for landscape lighting are:
As you can see, lighting can have a tremendous impact on your home’s curb appeal, especially at night. It provides extra safety for your family and your visitors by illuminating their path and your entry doors. Finally, with the right types of lighting used in all the right places, it can highlight all the best features of your home and provide unique interest.
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