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Landscape Lighting Ideas How to enhance your yard with professional outdoor lighting design Aesthetic Gardens in Mountain View, CA Belknap Landscape Co. in Gilford, NH McKay Landscape Lighting in Omaha, NE Bonick Landscaping in Dallas, TX Alexon Design Group in Gilbert, AZ Copper Creek Landscaping in Mead, WA Greenleaf Services Inc. in Linville, NC Peach Tree Landscaping in Lascassas, TN Zaremba and Company Landscape in Clarkston, MI Lifescape Designs in Simi Valley, CA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 View all landscape lighting pictures Shop Landscape LightingWhat really makes a space is the attention given to small details such as placement of lighting effects and the lighting fixtures themselves. Shop our curated collection of unique lighting products sure to illuminate your space. Shop All Landscape Lighting Landscape Lighting Tip View all landscaping videos Landscape Lighting Guide Use this free guide to easily scan the options for landscape lighting effects. See how 9 different techniques and fixtures create unique lighting results. Landscape Lighting Effects (PDF) Most Popular Links Landscape Lighting Pictures How to Install Landscape Lighting Lighting Effects Outdoor Lighting Fixtures Landscape Lighting Design Professional tips for designing your landscape lighting Landscape Lighting Cost Types of Landscape Lighting Low-Voltage Outdoor Lighting Pros and cons of LED, halogen and solar Solar Landscape Lighting Outdoor Lighting Products A curated collection of outdoor lighting fixtures and products Where to Install Outdoor Lighting Patio Lighting Pathway & Step Lights Deck Lighting Backyard Lighting Patio Cover Lighting Driveway Lights Pond Lights & Lighting Lighting Ideas for Swimming Pools While many of us are working hard and putting in long hours on the job, we often don’t get a chance to see our homes until after dark. Soft lighting in a dark outdoor environment is nothing short of magic. It provides a warm, inviting ambiance that beckons us outdoors. It creates mood, romance, and drama. It adds interest and intrigue to any setting. A growing number of homeowners are capturing this magic in their gardens through “nightscaping,” one of the hottest trends in outdoor home improvement today. Lighting can be one of the most important aspects of landscape and hardscape design, yet it is often overlooked or underdone. Proper outdoor lighting design allows you to highlight focal points and hide eyesores. It can also be used to enhance safety and security, to accent special trees or plantings, and to create a festive atmosphere for outdoor entertaining. Landscape lights also serve a number of needs, from letting you walk safely down a flagstone path at night, to giving you a place to spend time with your family after school and work. Outdoor lights even deter burglars and reduce crime. Yet for homeowners, choosing which areas to light can be a challenge. Here, landscape professionals share their expert tips for lighting different areas of the landscape. If you’re planning for lighting in your landscape, this section will give you a better understanding of what to expect when landscape lights are installed, where the best places are to put lights, how to create effects with lights, and much more. Landscape lighting is more than just shining some direct light at a walkway or up a tree. Not only are there techniques and methods for creating ambiance with lights, but some contractors even prefer to accent the architecture of the home rather than the trees or walkways or patio areas. Home lighting gives you the chance to highlight architectural features like pillars or columns, or enjoy the shadow play of lights on the craggy surface of stone veneer. “When you have a beautiful home, sometimes it’s more effective to light the architecture than the trees,” says TJ Wilcoxson of Alexon Design Group in Gilbert, Ariz. You can also pull features off the architecture and bring them into the landscape so the home and landscape feel integrated. “We’ll sometimes create a pillar using the same stone veneer as the home, and match the fixture on the pillar to the ones on the home,” says Barton. It’s professional tips like this that will help you learn about landscape lighting and make informed decisions when you’re working on your own project. Contributing Authors: Scott Cohen, contributing writer for Landscaping Network and owner of The Green Scene Genevieve Schmidt, contributing writer for Landscaping Network and owner of North Coast Gardening
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Landscape Lighting Ideas

Landscape Lighting Ideas Landscape lighting transforms the appearance and safety of your home at night. We help you explore outdoor lighting fixtures and provide the inspiration and information you need to amp up your home’s curb appeal. Save Item Send to a FriendPrint Landscape Lighting Inspiration Gallery With a project like landscape lighting, it’s sometimes hard to know what to do or where to start. The slideshow below helps you to better understand your options and visualize the impact outdoor lighting can have on your home. Before / After Lighting DesignsWhen considering a landscape lighting design for your home, assess your home’s distinctive features. Gracious columns, a sweeping entryway and a stone path offer natural focal points. See the transformation on the next slide. Before / After Lighting DesignsSide dome path lights usher enchanted guests to the front door, while spotlights on columns and the entryway create visual depth and interest. This home’s outdoor lighting proves that you can make a big statement with a few simple elements. Before / After Lighting DesignsHomes of every size benefit from the transformational power of landscape lighting. In neighborhoods where homes are similar, look for unique landscaping features, such as trees or shrubs, to highlight. Before / After Lighting DesignsFocused spotlights on the tree and facade help set this home apart. Decorative path lights lead the eye through landscaping. Soft deck lighting helps extend the living space. Before / After Lighting DesignsLandscape lighting adds elegance to every home element. With considerable architectural call-outs and interesting landscaping, this home is the perfect canvas. Before / After Lighting DesignsTree trunks take on texture with well lights. Spotlights for narrow trees and flood lights for wide trees showcase leaves. Wall wash fixtures cast a consistent glow, and path lights for the walkway and flowerbeds make for safety-minded focal points. How to Use Landscape LightingCast an ambient glow on your next dinner party with deck lights. The triangle deck light fixture directs light down onto the floor surface, minimizing glare and lighting foot paths for safe passage. How to Use Landscape LightingIlluminate outdoor seating areas with a tree adapter. This mounts the fixture high in a tree to cast a glow on areas below. Spotlights are great for trees that are narrow or have interesting textures. Wall wash fixtures cast interesting shadows on walls. How to Use Landscape LightingFamily and friends are sure-footed on stairs illuminated by deck lights. Fixtures are mounted on each step or along stair railings to draw attention to stairs and reduce falls. How to Use Landscape LightingIncrease safety by lining walkways with path lights. Add small flood lights to highlight low bushes and shrubs. And, capture the grandeur of columns with large spotlights. The result is an overall glow that deters intruders without looking garish from the road. How to Use Landscape LightingExtend your living space onto the patio area with smart combinations of landscape lighting fixtures. Spotlights illuminate a narrow tree – while decorative path lights focus soft light on the patio area. The result is a dimension rich area that looks like another room. Types of Landscape Lights Choose the type of low-voltage landscape lighting that best fits your needs, or mix in a variety to fully illuminate your outdoor space. Upgrade to LED landscape lighting for easy maintenance and energy efficiency. Path lights – are the most common landscape light. Use path lights to line a walkway, flowerbed or other hard-to-see areas in your yard for safety and outdoor ambience. Spotlights and Floodlights – work well to highlight trees, shrubs and other visual interests in the garden. Deck lights – increase safety when walking on the deck or the deck stairs at night. Well lights – light flowerbeds and work well placed at the base of trees. Post cap lights – light up the top of your deck posts for added safety and decoration. Shop Landscape Lighting See Your Landscape in a New Light Creating a landscape lighting plan can seem overwhelming. But if you print and use our planner, you’ll see your home in a new light in no time. Landscape Lighting Design Planner (PDF) 1. Observe your landscape. Which two areas or architectural features deserve highlighting? Do pockets of darkness need to be addressed? 2. Select the right fixtures and lamp wattage to create the desired lighting effect. 3. Locate your outlet and make sure it’s a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) power outlet. These outlets typically have a reset button. If there is no button, use a GFCI tester to determine the outlet type. 4. Add the wattage of each light fixture in your lighting plan to determine your total fixture wattage. 5. Select your transformer. A transformer should be 20 watts larger than your total fixture wattage. If you plan to buy additional lighting later, purchasing a larger transformer now could save money. 6. Measure the distance from the power supply to the farthest fixture, plus 1-2 feet of additional cable for each fixture, to determine how much cable and gauge is needed for the project. If your total fixture wattage is greater than 200, choose a 12-gauge cable. If your total fixture wattage is less than 200, choose a 16-gauge cable. 7. Follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions and look for installation tips on the lighting packaging. Landscape lighting makes a tremendous difference in your home’s curb appeal. View for step-by-step instructions with photographs. Solar Landscape Lighting Solar lighting has quickly become a popular and cost-effective way to light your outdoors. With no wiring or electricity, these lights can be installed anywhere. They work by using a solar collection panel that absorbs energy from sunlight and converts it into electrical power that’s stored in highly efficient rechargeable batteries. As the sun sets, the solar lights turn on. In ideal situations, fully charged solar lights remain on for up to 15 hours. LED solar lights provide bright, white light. However, all solar-powered lighting requires a sufficient amount of sunlight to recharge the batteries. Solar lighting performance is based on the amount of sunlight received during the day. Other benefits of solar lighting include: No tools needed for assembly Easy bulb replacement and easy-to-handle connector Works during power outages Eco-friendly Little maintenance needed Can reduce utility expenses Easier to install than low-voltage systems Shop Solar Landscape Lighting You May Also Like . . . 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