Landscape lighting design has everything to do with your personal lighting goals. So, what are your lighting goals? These goals help define the direction in which your landscape lighting designer will go, as well as define what kinds of lights are used and where these lights are installed on your property. The following examples will show the results of different lighting goals so that you can understand this concept better.
Bold and Bright
You want your lighting to light up a large portion of your yard for entertainment purposes. Guests should feel as though they are at a gala but outdoors. They can revel in the evening and romp through the garden but still have plenty of light to see by. That said, the lighting should be powerful enough to illuminate most of your yard, and it should be centrally focused so the diffusion of the bright lights reaches the corners of your property.
Magical and Sweet
You want just enough light to see the faces of those you talk to. It should not overpower the night sky or cause the neighbors to complain about the brightness. If you have enough trees and bushes in your yard, cover them with strings of LED lights, which are bright enough to see by but soft enough to resemble dancing pixie lights.
Secure and Safe
Maybe you just want to make your yard safe and secure. In that case, you need motion lights on the garage and on each side of your house. The lights do not have to be pretty or perfect, but there are motion lights that are as decorative as they are functional.
Eco-Friendly and Energy-Efficient
Your electric bill may already be more than enough, and you dislike the idea of lights that are neither eco-friendly nor energy-efficient. You are in luck because there are dozens of solar-powered lighting options for your landscape. You only have to Google "solar lights" to see what your options are. Better still, these lights never need to be plugged in or wired into your home's main electrical box. The energy these lights use to light up your yard is completely free.
Ask the Expert
There are landscapers and landscape lighting designers. The latter are experts where lighting and landscaping design are concerned. But in lieu of a landscape lighting designer, a landscaper is equally as competent at helping you decide what kind of lighting you want and where you want to put the lighting.