What to Consider in a Landscape Lighting Design
Build an Outdoor Lighting System That’s Beautiful, Durable, & Convenient to Use
When neighbors pass your house at night, what do they see? Is it the dark, vacant-looking house in the neighborhood? Or do you have a few lights by the front steps?
What if you could illuminate your entire home in Lake Elmo, MN, like a landmark?
Landscape lighting is both a science and an art form, and with a landscape lighting design, you can see your home in an entirely new light. So, before you head to the store and purchase any-old lights, it’s best to plan with a cohesive design.
Truly impressive lighting requires careful planning and designing. Lelch Audio Video is a leading home technology integrator and lighting designer in the area, and this is our advice for stellar outdoor lighting!
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Choose Focal Points
Where would you like to draw attention? If your lawn includes attractive trees, stonework, sculptures, or pathways, you may want to highlight them with downlights, up-lights, or spotlights. Don’t merely bathe your house in a single wash of light. When you work with a lighting designer, we spot the creative ways to complement your house’s architecture.
Think About Safety
After dark, are there any areas that aren’t well lit where you’ll be walking? Consider stairs, pathways, decks, pool areas, and any steps that should be clearly illuminated. You want to feel free to enjoy and share your backyard with friends and family, and with more light, you’ll be inspired to spend more time outdoors.
If you own a smart security system, consider how landscape light can assist your surveillance cameras. Motion sensors can trigger lights to activate, and when lights are installed in a precise location, they’ll provide well-lit footage in color.
Pick the Best Fixtures
Not all outdoor lights serve the same purpose. For a dynamic design, we recommend lighting your home with a variety of lighting fixtures. In-ground lights make nice pathways and may be used to illuminate trees or walls from below. Downlights create a striking effect on trees and under eaves, while spotlights can be used to shine on specific features.
Be sure to choose a high-quality, durable manufacturer like Coastal Source, whose speaker enclosures won’t rust or corrode and are completely sealed from the elements.
Incorporate Smart Control
You could have the most eye-catching lighting design, but if the system isn’t easy to use, you might not make the most of it. You won’t want to manage dozens of light switches, and a single on/off switch won’t provide enough customization. Automated timers can help, but their capabilities are limited.
A more convenient approach takes landscape lighting a step further with a smart control system. On the smart system’s app, you can activate lights even when you’re away from home. Select individual lights or turn on the entire lawn simultaneously. Then adjust the brightness or change colors for holidays. The possibilities are endless!
Working with a Lighting Professional
If you’re a determined do-it-yourselfer, all the power to you! But a complete landscape lighting system—especially one with smart control—is much more complicated than many people think. At Lelch Audio Video, our expert technicians know how to install low-voltage lighting with an eye for design.
If you’re ready for a professional landscape lighting design, contact our team here to get started today. We look forward to working with you!