In a perfect world, the moon would gently and impeccably illuminate the earth each night. It would lovingly illuminate walkways so that no one would trip, and brighten our gardens and patios so that no one would have to squint across a table or talk into the darkness. So children could play without hurting themselves, it would bounce light off sprinklers, steps, and rocks. In this perfect world, lit with a cinematographer’s eye, there wouldn’t be any need for landscape lighting. Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in.
In the real world, if you want your yard to be as safe, functional, and magical as possible, you will need to strategically plot your landscape lighting to both brighten the beautiful and expose the dangerous.
First, research the three basic types of landscape lighting to decide what will work best for your yard: overall lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. Overall lighting will be useful if you have a patio, deck, or pool because it lights up the entire space. It is used more for practicality than ambiance. Task lighting, on the other hand, is used to light specific areas like stairs or intimate patio space. And finally, accent lighting is used mostly for aesthetic purposes, to focus the eye on a certain feature. For example, you might use accent lighting to show off a sculpture or draw attention to a tree.
Next, think about the design. Like landscaping, landscape lighting is an art. If you are not sure where to place your lights, talk with the landscape lighting professionals at Nixa Lawn Service. We can help you decide which areas need lighting for safety purposes and which could benefit from artistic, accent lighting. Then, we can advise you on the type of lighting fixtures you might use and how bright the lights should be. Landscape lighting should be soft and glowing, so avoid pointing lights toward windows or using high-wattage bulbs. For extra convenience and energy-efficiency, consider using dimmers or motion sensors as well.
After you decide on your design, you will need to hire your lighting professionals. If you’ve chosen a very simple lighting fixture, you might be able to install it yourself, but for more complex landscape lighting and expert tips, contact Nixa Lawn Service. If your landscape lighting is properly installed, you won’t need to worry about maintenance or upkeep. Simply keep the lighting fixtures clear of leaves and debris, and remember to replace burned-out bulbs as soon as you notice them.
Landscape lighting is an integral part of a well-designed yard. Although you should start with basic fixtures to light your pathways, entryways, and steps, the magic happens when you further enhance your yard with decorative, enchanting lights that show off special features or charmingly illuminate your deck or patio. Never underestimate the power of well-placed lights. With a few lights and a touch of inspiration, you can have the yard of your dreams.