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Landscape Lighting Spring 2024

We may not all have a water view, but how we plan and implement out landscape lighting is a key factor in the safety, security and ambiance of our outdoor space. So, where do you start? Read on and follow these simple steps:

Planning landscape lighting involves several key steps to ensure that your outdoor space is well-lit and aesthetically pleasing:

  1. Assessment: Begin by assessing your outdoor space during the day and at night to identify key features you want to highlight, such as pathways, trees, architectural elements, or focal points like statues or water features.

  2. Purpose: Determine the purpose of your lighting. Is it primarily for aesthetics, security, safety, or a combination of these? This will help you decide where and how to place lights.

  3. Lighting Techniques: Familiarize yourself with various lighting techniques such as uplighting, downlighting, cross lighting, silhouetting, and grazing. Each technique serves different purposes and can create various effects.

  4. Lighting Zones: Divide your outdoor space into zones based on function and lighting needs. Common zones include entryways, pathways, focal points, and entertaining areas.

  5. Fixture Selection: Choose appropriate fixtures based on the features you want to highlight and the lighting techniques you plan to use. Consider factors such as durability, energy efficiency, and design aesthetics.

  6. Lighting Design: Create a lighting plan or layout that includes the placement of fixtures, wiring, transformers, and controls. This plan should consider factors such as fixture spacing, beam angles, and light intensity to achieve the desired effect.

  7. Power Source and Wiring: Determine the power source for your lighting system (e.g., hardwired, solar, low-voltage) and plan the wiring layout accordingly. Ensure that wiring is buried or concealed for safety and aesthetics.

  8. Energy Efficiency: Opt for energy-efficient LED fixtures, timers, motion sensors, and dimmers to reduce energy consumption and minimize light pollution.

  9. Installation: Install the lighting fixtures according to your plan, ensuring proper alignment, stability, and weatherproofing. Follow manufacturer instructions and local electrical codes.

  10. Testing and Adjustment: Test the lighting system at night to ensure that it achieves the desired effect and makes necessary adjustments to fixture angles, intensity, and timing as needed.

  11. Maintenance: Regularly inspect and maintain your landscape lighting system, including cleaning fixtures, replacing bulbs, trimming vegetation that obstructs light, and checking for any damage or malfunctions.

  12. Regulations and Permits: Check local regulations and obtain any necessary permits before installing landscape lighting, especially if you're dealing with electrical wiring or making modifications to your property.


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