Lighting is no less important an aspect of your landscape than the flora you’ve populated it with. You selected each tree and plant carefully and took great care with the placement of rocks and other decorations. You chose the type of flower beds that best suit you and your lifestyle, be that a collection of water-saving native plants with natural mulch or a Victorian rose garden with white rocks covering the ground beneath them. Each bit of your outdoor area is a chance for you to showcase your style and to create a place that embodies your idea of beauty. The right outdoor lighting set can highlight, compliment, and beautify your outdoor area. Conversely, choosing the wrong ones can take away from what you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
Creating just the right ambiance for your outdoor retreat is key. Making a hasty decision now can lead to disappointment and frustration later, so it’s important to take a little time to become familiar with the different options available when it comes to outdoor lighting. There are so many styles in outdoor lighting that it may be confusing at first, so figure out what styles you like most before you shop and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and undue stress.
Once you’ve done that, you’ve got to take into account certain variables such as the primary use of your chosen area, the lay of the land, and more. You need to decide what you hope to achieve by installing the lights. Are you looking to brighten a dim area that worries you for security reasons? Do you want to provide a gentle glow to a flower bed alongside your home? How about illuminating a basketball court or other area where safety (and fun!) is a concern? Maybe you’re goal is to light a path to your door to welcome visitors or to illuminate your address or a particular tree? Different types of light fixtures are going to be better suited for differing uses. Visit the “Types of Light Fixtures” page on this site to familiarize yourself with the basic types and their respective uses.
Taking an extra few moments to familiarize yourself with the different aspects of the varying types of outdoor illumination will be well worth the time. Be an informed consumer and end up with an outdoor haven that you are genuinely happy with.