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The Best Floodlight Techniques to Light Your Home or Property

What exactly is flood lighting and how can it be used to improve your home's curb appeal?

First off, flood lighting might not be the best term to convey the lighting effect this technique is meant to create. The phrase "flood lighting" puts us in mind of an over powered bright light, atop a post, washing light over everything.

A large post light in the middle of the front yard will cast a lot of light over everything surrounding it.

Your home, surrounding trees, the neighbor's windows, etc., will be blasted with light. Blasting everything on a property is what call lighting with a shotgun. The shotgun lighting method does little to improve your home's curb appeal.


The best technique to properly flood light your home is to execute the lighting design with a scalpel rather than a machete. What do we mean by this?

In the world of landscape lighting, when we discuss flood lighting, we are talking about accenting your home's unique architectural features with strategically placed up lights.

These lights are placed at the base of your home's facade and shine upwards. These lights cast a wide, soft, spread of light to wash the different architectural features of your home in the right kind of light. 

In this sense, the lighting is tailored around your home's architecture to create a warm, inviting effect. 


However, the value in wash lighting isn't limited to just accenting your home's unique architectural features. Highlighting your home's architecture can also provide some security benefits. 

How many fixtures do you need for proper floodlighting?

A single fixture will not be enough to capture your home. 

Bespoke floodlighting is created through several layers of light that play off one another to create a cohesive whole. 

For example, every home's front entryway is one of the most important pieces to capture. However, the lighting design shouldn't stop there. 

The overall goal should be balance and composition. Lighting the various individual architectural features should create a seamless overall impression that allows the eye to smoothly travel from one point to the next.


Which architectural features do we focus on?

This can vary greatly from home to home. A contemporary new age home will be approached very differently from a colonial home.  

What on your home stands out? Are there heavy timber gables? Is there beautiful stone work or craftsman features?

Look for the things that make your home different, or that excite you. These are the features that we capture with a soft wash of light.

Shoot for a soft wash, not a big flood

If you prefer your home to be lit like it belongs on the Las Vegas Strip, it's much easier to accomplish than capturing the contours of your home with soft accents. 

Tasteful, artistic, bespoke lighting requires finesse. 

This is where working with your local outdoor lighting designer can really make all the difference. With their years of experience specializing in the art of light, you can be sure your lighting project doesn't turn into a failed experiment. 

An understanding of how the light will play off different surfaces, textures, and how to create different lighting effects, can make all the difference in the success of your lighting project.


Landscape Lighting Makes All the Difference

At Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, 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 and beyond. 

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 installs, maintains, and repairs lighting systems throughout Utah's residential areas, including Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper, Davis & Utah counties.

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