6 Types of Outdoor Light Effects

Outdoor lighting can be practical, helping you light your walkways and deter intruders from approaching your home. It can also illuminate the beauty of your home and landscaping during the night hours, adding 24-hour curb appeal. Here are six types of outdoor lighting effects that can help make your home safe and beautiful after the sun goes down.

  1. Moonlighting. Create the same effect as moonlight flowing through the tree branches with moonlighting. This uses lights placed in tree branches to shine down on your yard.
  2. Spreadlighting. Adding spreadlights in low-to-the-ground garden areas can beautifully illuminate these smaller plants that normally get lost in the dark.
  3. Stair and deck lighting. Brighten your decks, porches and steps with lighting that is placed on risers and between vertical railings.
  4. Shadow/silhouette lighting. Create stunning shadows from statues or single trees with a direct light placed in front of the silhouette to cast a shadow on a wall or fence.
  5. Uplighting. Highlight specific focal points with lights in or on the ground pouring light up on the item, creating a dramatic effect.
  6. Spotlighting. Adding spotlighting from a high point to flood light down on patios, pool areas or gardens can add beauty and improve safety around your home.

Knowing how to use outdoor lighting to create an artistic effect is harder than it looks. It takes the right light placed at the perfect angle and height to create these incredible lighting effects. To do more than add a basic flood light to your outdoor space, hire a landscaping team to create an outdoor lighting design for your home. With the right light effects, you can add a stylish beauty to your home at night while improving safety and security.

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Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Light Up the Dark Nights

When the sun goes down, do your yards go dark? Even with a few lights on your patio or front porch, you can still be left in darkness without proper outdoor lighting. If the corners of your yard are shadows, walkways are dim, and your landscaping is hidden until dawn, it may be time to invest in a comprehensive outdoor lighting system.

Benefits of Adding More Outdoor Lighting

Often outdoor lighting is dismissed as too much work or expense without enough benefits. However, you may be surprised how much you will appreciate the option to light up the night once you add more outdoor lighting. Some of the benefits include:

  • Safety. Illuminating walkways, patios, pool decks and entrance points keeps those walking outside your home safer. There is less chance of a guest stumbling on a dog or child’s toy left on the sidewalk if they can clearly see the path.
  • Security. Intruders love the dark and are attracted to homes with poor outdoor lighting. Make your home uninviting to burglars and other criminals who could invade your home with adequate lighting around the perimeter.
  • Aesthetics. There are many creative ways to use your outdoor lighting for improved aesthetics. Plus, you have a chance to enjoy your beautiful landscaping, trees and other outdoor areas 24-hours a day.
  • Entertainment. Keep the party going late into the night with lighting for patios and pool areas.

Adding outdoor lighting is easy when you have a talented landscaper. They can help you choose the best lighting for safety, security, aesthetics and entertaining, and professionally install it for you. Ask about smart options to tie your outdoor lighting in with your home automation to make it simple to manage.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

How Important Is Landscape Lighting?

Your landscaping enhances the beauty of your home and property, but without proper lighting, those enhancements can only be seen by the light of day. Landscape lighting helps ensure that your property looks beautiful 24-hours a day, spotlighting focal points. However, it is not just showing off your landscaping that makes outdoor lighting important. Here are some benefits of adding outdoor lighting to your front and backyard areas.

  • Safety. Adding lighting near pathways, sidewalks and entrances helps improve safety for your family and guests. This can prevent injury at night by providing well-lit areas to walk to and from your home. It is also very important to have lighting around pools and ponds for safety at night.
  • Security. Keeping your yards illuminated can deter intruders. Dark backyards or around garages make your home tempting to burglars that want a discreet entrance to your home at night. Motion lights in dark corners and near entrances on your home can help you and others see anyone approaching and act as a deterrent.
  • Beauty. Strategic lighting placed at the base of trees or spotlighting focus points like waterfalls or ponds can showcase your landscaping at night. Your yards will look stunning day and night with the right lighting to highlight your focal areas.
  • Entertaining. If evening entertaining is a favorite pastime, outdoor lighting is essential for your patio or pool area. Make sure you and your guests can enjoy many nights outside with lighting for your outdoor living spaces.

Make sure your landscaping can be enjoyed day and night while providing safety and security for your home. Talk to your local landscaper about the different outdoor lighting options for aesthetic and practical purposes that can be added to your outdoor areas.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Bring a Glow to Your Landscaping

If you have a beautifully landscaped yard, shouldn’t you enjoy it around the clock? There is no reason your stunning trees or water features need to stay hidden at night when you can make them glow with outdoor lighting. A few strategic placements of lights throughout your front or backyards can ensure that your landscaping is enjoyed all day and all night.

Adding outdoor lighting is not just about illumination, but also about creating a different effect for your landscaping at night. Using lights and shadows, you can transform your yard into a different place when the sun goes down. You can still enjoy your features, but they will have a different look when the right outdoor lighting is used. Some ideas include:

  • Hide spotlights and flood lights in your planted areas. The beam of light can seem to come out of your gardens for a transcendent look.
  • Combine up-lighting and down-lighting along with other levels of illumination to create a balanced atmosphere in your outdoor space.
  • Use spotlights to up-light trees or features in your landscaping, creating a dramatic effect with light and shadows.
  • Use moonlighting or blue filters to create a natural effect of light – your yard will look like it is bathed in moonlight instead of artificial light.

Adding outdoor lighting that enhances the beauty of your landscaping is harder than it may seem. While any outdoor lighting can give you visibility, it takes artistry to use the lighting to transform your yard into an evening paradise. Talk to your local landscaper to discuss the best ways to use outdoor lighting with your landscape design to get the best results.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

5 Places to Add Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting can change the appearance of your outdoor areas, as well as provide safety and security for your home. Many people avoid adding lighting outdoors due to concerns about wiring and placement, which is why hiring a professional landscaper is the best option. Your landscaper can install your lighting for you and make it simple to improve your outdoor areas. Here are five places to consider adding outdoor lighting.

Focal Features

Upward or downward lighting on focal features can enhance your landscaping design in the twilight and evening hours. Consider adding wash or bullet lights to show off waterfalls, fountains, statues and other focal features in your yard.

Pathways

Add small lights to illuminate pathways for safety for your family and guests. Well lights work great for the edges of pathways or small garden lights.

Dark Corners

Do you have dark corners in your backyard where intruders could enter your property? Adding motion flood lights can improve security and deter people and animals from invading your space.

Uplighting Trees

Pointing uplighting on the trunk of your significant trees with bullet lights can create a stunning look for your yards. Make sure to start the point of light on the trunk, aiming up, for the best effect.

Garden

Placing lights at intervals throughout your gardens can show off your flowers and plants 24/7. However, strive to place lights farther apart; the goal is not complete illumination, but highlighting the gardens in segments.

A few strategically placed outdoor lights can have a dramatic impact on the beauty of your home.

Your local landscaper can help you find the best way to showcase your yard with outdoor lighting, while providing more security and safety for your family.

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Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

Light Up the Dark Winter Nights

As the days grow shorter in the winter, the need for outdoor lighting around your home increases. While outdoor lighting is pleasant for warm summer evenings on the back patio, it is a necessity when the daylight disappears for so many hours each day. Here are some ideas to add outdoor lighting that is both beautiful and practical around your home and yard.

  • For safety, it is important to have all walkways well-lit around your home, both out front and in your backyard area. Not only do you want to protect your family and guests, you also want to avoid expensive injuries that can raise your homeowner’s insurance premiums if a claim is made.
  • Motion lights. Longer nights can beckon to intruders. Install motion lights in the dark corners of your backyard or side entrances of your home. A bright flood light can be an excellent deterrent to intruders looking to invade your home for loot.
  • Spruce up your landscaping. Give your yard a beautiful makeover for the long nights ahead. Add up-lighting for your trees, small spotlights to highlight hardscapes and use colored lights for a dramatic effect.
  • Use timers or home automation options. Utilize the latest technology to turn your lights on when the sun goes down, even when you are not home. Ask your landscaper about automation options to ensure your lights turn on and off without the need for you to manually monitor their use.

There is no reason to be in the dark just because the nights are longer. Talk to your local landscaper about adding new outdoor lighting to your home for security, safety and beauty all year round.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Landscape Lighting for Beauty, Fun, and Safety

Landscape lighting can be used to highlight natural and man-made features in your yard to add to the natural beauty of your yard.

There are literally thousands of designs, shapes, and wattage for outdoor lighting. Now it’s even possible to tie all your outdoor lighting into a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panel system with battery storage & backup to provide the electricity to power these landscape lighting, but that is an entire article by itself. Let’s just suffice it to say, the prices are coming down and it will pay for itself after a period of time.

Beauty

Landscape lighting can enhance the beauty of your favorite features with illumination after dark. Consider that big oak tree that provides shade in the daytime and holds that rope swing you added for the children when they were still young, or the heart arch fountain that you built for your wife on your anniversary. Such beautiful pieces of work should not be diminished by darkness, but should act as a showcase of your love for your family.

You’ve probably already considered how lining the walkways with LED lighting will enhance the beauty of those perennials your wife fusses over every day throughout the spring and summer, even though they’re basically weeds that will grow on their own without any care whatsoever.

Fun

What could be more fun than a well-lit tennis court/basketball court that you and the family have spent many hours not only constructing but playing on since you finally finished it. Many evenings the only noise in the backyard is the screech of tennis shoes and the pong of the ball off the court. Tennis is just so much more fun in the cool of the evening.

But, you have to admit some of the most peaceful evenings have been spent in that hammock, listening to the water trickle down that heart-shaped arch. It’s truly relaxing to watch the light’s reflection sparkle in the fountain’s pool, laid out below the arch.

Entertaining after dark in your well-lit backyard doesn’t miss a beat when darkness descends. The conversations and laughter continues as long as everyone has the energy to keep it going.

Safety

Safety is achieved as much as possible through a well-lit environment. There is less chance of slips, trips, and falls in your yard due to the landscape lighting. A well-lit yard may not keep away every intruder, but it is much more likely they will choose an easier target in a darker neighborhood.

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Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 609-4510

Add Safety and Security to Your Home with Outdoor Lighting

As the days get shorter and winter approaches, it is more important than ever to have adequate outdoor lighting at your home. At points during the winter it is dark more than it is light, making it necessary to add artificial illumination. While some lighting is used for ambiance and aesthetics, offering a warm glow, lighting for safety and security should have function as a top priority. Here are some tips for adding outdoor lights to improve your safety and security at home.

  • Light walk areas. Anywhere you need to walk should have lighting available. This includes walkways to both your front and back door, as well as to outdoor entertainment areas. Use motion detected lights for areas that are rarely used.
  • Security lights for vulnerable areas. To keep intruders at bay, set up motion-detected security lights at areas where someone could otherwise slip onto your property undetected in the dark.
  • Add remote access. Many advanced lighting systems now can be controlled through Wi-Fi, making it even easier to turn on or off your outdoor lighting as needed. This can allow you to override your timed lighting from wherever you are if needed, right from your smartphone or computer.
  • Bulbs. When installing lighting, consider that your bulbs will need to be changed. When possible, have lights installed where it is easy to access the bulbs. Also use long-life, energy-efficient bulbs for convenience and to save on energy costs.

To get your home ready for the long nights ahead, call your local landscaping contractor that offers outdoor lighting installation. They can help create a safe and secure system to light up the night for you and your family.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 360-5604

Landscaping After Dark

Many homeowners put lots of time and effort into making their homes attractive and pleasing to the eye, but many of them don’t ever get to enjoy their yards until the nighttime hours or the weekends. This is why some people opt for “night scaping” through the use of warm, soft lighting outside of their homes – it allows a home owner to create an individual mood for their home, offering invitation and ambiance for onlookers after dark.

Lights that are used outdoors provide a number of benefits. Not only are they used for aesthetic reasons, they can be used for safety as well by highlighting safe paths or offering spotlights to dark areas, which can also offer a deterrent to thieves or intruders. Knowing the exact needs for lighting that a home needs requires the expertise of a trained, professional landscaping expert – they can offer helpful advice and recommendations on what sort of special lighting a home requires, and also give helpful tips on how to beautify and improve the appearance of any house.

Using outdoor lighting in a proper, definitive way allows one’s home to be as interesting and attractive as the interior, to draw the eye or accent pieces of artwork, plants, or other focal points. The use of light is an important part of landscape design, and when done correctly it can be the difference between a drab, dry exterior or something truly beautiful.

The right techniques to light up one’s home are more than simply lighting up a tree or providing a spotlight. Through specialized, specific, and artistic use of light, any home can become something special – both before, and after dark.

Increase Both Beauty and Safety with Landscape Lighting

Investing in landscape lighting can offer property owner’s dual benefits. Lighting along walkways, patios and driveways can help prevent falls and injuries that can occur in poorly lit areas. In addition to preventing injury to individuals, shrubs and plants are also protected from unintentional damage from missteps in the dark.

Well-lit property can also be a strong deterrent to intruders, since their presence could be more easily detected. Motion activated lighting can be especially effective for this purpose.

In addition to the safety that can be afforded by outdoor landscape lighting, one of the preferred applications for landscape lighting is for its aesthetic appeal. Directed lighting can highlight special features in your landscape design. Water features are the most popular areas to apply landscape lighting. Lights around a fountain, behind a waterfall or lighting up a koi pond can make an amazing feature even more beautiful. Low landscape lighting placed strategically around a patio or deck perimeter can also create an inviting ambiance when entertaining guests at your home.

Landscape lighting isn’t limited to residential uses. Adding landscape lighting to commercial landscape features can also provide an inviting atmosphere for a business setting.  Even for businesses which do not offer evening business hours, the soft glow of landscape lighting among shrubbery or highlighting a water feature can further enhance the branding of a company which is design orientated or desires to communicate a message of sophistication.  The security factor also comes into play for commercial applications as well.

Landscape lighting is a small investment that provides a big payoff in multiple ways.