How to Plan for the Right Outdoor Landscape Lighting
With COVID in full swing, you’ve likely been looking for home projects to tackle with all that extra free time. A great way to spruce up your property and add some elegance is to light certain features at night. But, what kind of lighting makes sense for you? How do you plan to light those features, and what else should you consider while planning? Read on to learn more about your outdoor lighting options and how to create your ideal layout.
Sit Down and Plan
The first step to making a great looking lighting feature is to sit down and plan it out. Don’t try to eyeball anything or guess where things should go, how many lights you need, etc. Instead, it only makes sense to sit down and plan out your new project to ensure it achieves the goals you want. Speaking of goals, that is the first step to planning your next landscape design.
Define Your Goals
Put another way, what is the purpose of this project? Are you interested in lighting up a particular feature of your yard, house, a pathway, or something else? Beyond that, what kind of lighting are you interested in, how do you want those bulbs powered? You may also want to consider how much light you want, and more. For instance, if you want to light around a gate for security reasons, you may want to plan and consider resilient lighting mechanisms for that one spot. However, if you’re more interested in a decorative aspect, you may consider less bright Edison bulbs or other bulbs’ styles. Even if you want to illuminate a path for people to walk down, your options and considerations will change once again.
Draw It Out
Once you have defined your goals or purpose, it’s time to draw your yard. Remember, you don’t need to be an artist, and the drawing doesn’t need to be anything special. Instead, the drawing needs to be a straightforward sketch of your yard, including possible obstacles like trees, shrubs, etc. You’ll also want to note existing structures like benches, your house, a shed, pathways, other lights, etc. Finally, if your space is somewhat limited or you’re looking for space-specific lighting, consider taking measurements of the yard in the daytime and adding those measurements to your drawing.
Consider Lighting Options
Depending on your goals, you will want to consider several different lighting options. Keep in mind that some lights are great for specific tasks, but not all. For instance, string lights would look great to light up a particular feature or define a walking path, fence, etc. At the same time, don’t expect string lights to light up an area for security reasons. Also, something like string lights is less reliable since their purpose isn’t as severe.
Decide on Location(s)
Now that you know your goals and have a drawing, it’s time to plan out where the lights should go. Refer to your drawing and think about what would look best to meet your goals. For example, if you’re trying to light up a statue or fountain in your backyard, your light will likely need to be on the ground and in front of the structure. In other cases, such as pathway lighting, you may want to consider the total area you wish to light up and what kind of light sources could. In many cases, a small light pole may do the trick. Other times, a less intrusive measure would be dim ground bulbs along the path. Either way, make sure to plan where the lights will go, so you know how many to buy.
Along with deciding where your lights should go, you should also set a budget. Our designers at HML Construction work with you to create a design to layout your ideal outdoor lighting and help establish a budget. You can book a free consultation now with our designers to create your ideal outdoor lighting layout that works best for your family.