With proper lighting design, you can drastically improve the look of your business. Lighting lets you highlight different features of your landscape, and allows you to use your outdoor space even after it gets dark. It also improves the safety of your business since everyone will see where they are going, reducing the likelihood of injuries. If you want to improve your landscape lighting design skills, here are some suggestions to get you started.
Light Your Site’s Top Locations
Take a walk around your outdoor landscape and take note of which places would work best with some lighting. Some places might go better with lighting because they help highlight the features of your landscape and make them look more captivating. Other areas may be better with lighting because the lights have more practical uses, such as to make the area safer.
Plan for Future Upgrades
Lighting design doesn’t stop with your current landscape; you also need to think about the future. That means your lights need to be able to adapt as your landscape changes and grows. As an example, to minimize damage to your lights during maintenance, you can use stakes to lift your lights above your landscape. If your lights are placed in trees, a lighting design tip you can use would be to leave some slack wire. This way, you won’t have to rewire your lighting fixture when the tree grows. Instead, you can dig up some of the extra wire.
Combine Different Lighting Techniques
Different parts of your landscape will require different types of lighting. A part of good lighting design is knowing which lighting techniques to use in which areas. By using the right lighting techniques, you can create a landscape that’s inviting to people who visit. Take a look at the various types of lighting techniques.
- Up-Lighting: Ground-mounted lighting fixtures that aim upward. Often used to light statues, trees, walls, and fountains.
- Down Lighting: Lighting fixtures that are pointed downward and are placed on trees and walls. This is meant to mimic the look of a full moon shining down on your landscape.
- Path Lighting: This style of lighting helps improve the visibility and safety of your various pathways, such as driveways and sidewalks.
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