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Less Says More When Designing a Landscape Lighting System

Adding a lighting system to your landscape is such a simple way to elevate your home and property. An outdoor lighting system, when done right, can enhance the curb appeal and add functionality to the walkways, living spaces, and property as a whole. 


There is such a fine line between over lighting and under lighting a property, however. You want it to be lit well enough to bring functionality and highlight the beauty of your home, but you don’t want to bring so much light that it becomes overpowering. When adding a lighting system, it is important to remember that less says more. 

Here are 3 tips to create a balanced and beautiful landscape lighting design without over lighting: 

Create Shadows 


When we light a property, our goal is to add an artistic element with the lighting design. One of the most common misconceptions about landscape lighting is that every component of the landscape needs to be lit.

Beautiful landscape lighting designs should create shadows in the landscape to bring dimension and contrast. When fixtures are placed intentionally and specific parts of the landscape are lit, it will provide a balance of light and shadow. 

As you can see in the above image, there is such a unique beauty from the contrast in the light and shadows. Creating that balance brings the artistic element to the property that can be overlooked in a design process. 

Be Selective 


Like we said before, you don’t want every component of the landscape lit. Therefore, to bring that balance and dimension to the landscape, be selective in which trees are lit and how they are lit. As you can see in the above picture, each tree that is lit (and not lit) is bringing a sense of dimension and beauty to the landscape. 

We want to enhance the aesthetic of the tree’s beauty when we add light. Whether it is a Japanese Maple or a Pine Tree, we want to make sure the trees we select to light are going to compliment one another when the lights come on.

Location and size of the tree, taking into account future growth, along with placement and number of fixtures used is so important when creating a landscape lighting design. 

Think of the Neighbors 


Although we love our lights, our neighbors definitely won’t enjoy them shining into their windows every night! Light trespassing is something that can definitely happen when a property is unnecessarily over lit. This is why it is important to be extremely intentional when adding landscape lighting fixtures to your property. 

Light trespassing can also be avoided simply through the placements and angles of the fixtures. If you notice a light is shining in a way that is not effective or in an unwanted direction, rotate the protective shroud on the fixture to better control the direction of the glare.

Being responsible with the amount of light and its placement will ensure both you and your neighbors will be pleased with your landscape lighting!

Need help with your lighting design?

If you are looking for a professional to help with your landscape lighting design and installation, request a consultation here! Let our designers create not only a functional property, but one that highlights the beauty of your home even at night. 

At Landscape Lighting Pro, the art of outdoor illumination is a real passion we work to perfect. Designing elegantly bespoke landscape lighting systems is simply all we do. For over 15 years, our award winning team of designers and craftsmen have striven to bring the best outdoor lighting experience possible to people's homes and businesses across the Wasatch Front & beyond. 

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