You’ve worked hard on your home’s landscaping, so why let it go unnoticed once the sun goes down? Great landscape lighting should emphasize the parts of your home and yard that you love. Designing a landscaping lighting scheme unique to your home in terms of appearance and functionality takes some creativity and planning. Here are a few tips to get you started.
First, make a rough sketch of your yard, marking out symbols to stand for elements of your your home’s façade, any existing lights, trees and shrubs, benches, garden walls, etcetera. Then decide what you want to show off and what you want to hide, making notes on these focal points on your sketch accordingly.
Keep in mind how much time and money you want to put into your lighting project. High-voltage lights can cost $100 or more per light, while low-voltage landscape lights (the most popular option) are less costly and easier to install.
Next, mark out your parameters. Offset lights should be placed along walkways and the driveway so that the light leads the eye down the path in a natural way. Don’t overdo it—too much lighting can cause your landscape to look cluttered. But don’t underdo it, either—you want your landscape to shine!
If you’re lucky enough to have some large trees in your yard, uplight them so that they also illuminate darker patches of your yard and shed a light on landscaping features you’d like to spotlight—perhaps a flower bed, a statue or some shrubs.
If you have deck, patio and/or outdoor kitchen, show off those features with some outdoor LED tape—flexible strands of LED lights encased in silicone. Install them under wooden or brick ledges so it creates a subtle glow—it’ll look perfect for nighttime entertaining, especially as the weather turns warm.