Landscape lighting design - How to get started designing
Safety, security and aesthetics are the three components to an excellent
landscape lighting design plan. All of which you can either
do yourself or hire a landscape professional to help you achieve.
Some of the main considerations before getting underway with your
lighting design is to determine your wishes: Do you like high or
low levels of lighting? How will you be using your backyard area
at night? Will your landscape lighting be used mostly for entertaining
or for regular nightly viewing and to provide security around your
With low voltage landscape lighting, you can save both energy and
money. These systems are great for the do-it- yourselfer and many
quality brands and fixtures are designed for the 12 volt systems.
Of course, you can also choose 120 volt outdoor lighting, and there
are good decorative fixtures for both landscape lighting systems.
A good book to read is The Landscape Lighting Book by Janet Lennox
Moyer. You can order this online at Amazon.com.
Take a look at articles: step lights,
pathway lighting 1 and
path lighting 2 as well as outdoor
In choosing a garden lighting design, take a look at the overall
picture. Step outside at night and imagine your landscape areas
being aesthetically lit while providing safety in areas such as
steps and staircases, deck edges, pathways, sidewalks and such.
Designing with focal and area lighting such as uplight and downlight
fixtures can highlight a beautiful tree at night or statue or plant.
Downlighting fixtures act much like the moon above and can create
a nice effect and shadows on the ground.
For more information about garden
lighting, please click on the link.