Getting ready to plan your landscape lighting project can be a lot of fun! There is a lot to consider and no one way is the only way to bring warming illumination to your home. With that in mind, there are some approaches to lighting that can be overlooked.
Here are a few fun ideas for you to think about while preparing for your first landscape lighting project:
1. Down Lighting
Landscape lights don’t have to always go in the ground. Down lighting is when a fixture is mounted high up in a tree, or off the side of a building/structure, and aimed down at a target. The target can be a section of a pathway, a patio, a water feature, statuary, etc. Path lights aren’t the only way to light a path. So long as you have a high enough vantage, down lighting can be used to enhance most any lighting project.
2. Pendant LightingPendant lights are great for adding a splash of beauty and interest to your lighting design. While they may not always emit the most functional light, they certainly make up for it by adding interest and an atmosphere of magic. Lighting isn’t always about function, choosing a pendant light should be about the beauty of the fixture and the enjoyment it will bring you. This is why a pendant light should be placed where it will be appreciated. Never underestimate the value of lighting that’s done for the sake of beauty.
3. Architectural Accents
Landscape lighting, like the name implies, typically resides in the landscape. However, there are other ways it can be implemented. Adding beauty to your home at night can go beyond the landscape. Landscape lighting can also be used to capture the architectural features of your home. Lighting your home from the foundation helps it feel rooted. Adding lights to your home can really help make your project feel whole and complete.
4. Pergola / Structural Lighting
Low voltage lighting is a great solution for providing functional light to your outdoor living space. Pergolas are a place for escape from the rest of the world. Be it time with family or personal contemplation, illuminating your pergola will help you extend that escape into the twilight hours. Lights can be recessed into the beams overhead to provide functional lighting at night that doesn’t distract during the day. Café style bistro lights can also be strung up to create a more festive atmosphere for entertaining. In addition, a dimmer switch could be added for further control over the mood.
5. Hardscape Lighting
Landscape lighting can be integrated into your hardscape. Sitting walls, stone steps, pool decks and stone/cement structures can have lighting added even after construction to help make your vision for outdoor lights complete. Do not compromise your vision for a beautifully lit property because of obstacles, like hardscapes. The only limit on what can be done with landscape lighting is your imagination.
There is a lot to consider when it comes to outdoor lighting, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Luckily, working with a professional lighting designer can remove all the stress involved with your project and can help ensure your project is a success.
If you have an upcoming project you’d like help with, call us at (801)440-7647 for more information, schedule a free consultation, or feel free to simply fill out a contact form on our website, www.utahlights.com
Located in Midvale, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah serves throughout Utah's residential areas, including Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper, Davis & Utah Counties. Our outdoor lighting portfolio includes projects throughout Utah and beyond.