Imagine your lawn and garden as the envy of the neighborhood. Then, realize your dreams and make plans for taking your outdoor space to the next level with the addition of landscape lighting. Adding accent and path lighting to your landscaping plans is a smart decision which adds curb appeal, value, and a measure of safety to the exterior of your home. Most homeowners who have spent time and effort to plant ornamental trees and shrubs, pleasing bushes of roses, and resplendent beds of flowers, do so because they love how appealing their outdoor area looks, and they enjoy how it makes them feel. Well, if you are such a homeowner, you will be pleased with how outstanding your home will look with the inclusion of landscape lighting design. It will transform a home from mundane to dramatic.
As you begin planning for your landscape, think in terms of layering the light. As you do so, take a look at the many options of landscape lights which can be incorporated into your plans. The walkway leading to your front door is an important area to light. Doing so would provide safety to your guests, as well as offering the feeling of a warm welcome. Path lights are specifically designed with a wide beam spread, giving your guests better visibility where it is needed the most. If there are other pathways around your house, you may also consider adding path lights in those locations. They should be placed 4-6 feet apart, switching to the opposite side with each light installation. This will give a nice even spread of light.
There are different types of accent lights, in various sizes. Flood lights are often used for shining up onto your home, highlighting interesting architectural features. Wattage can vary, depending on whether you want bright light or a more subtle approach. Smaller accent lights are used to shine upwards onto trees for a showy display. Another use would be on a garden statue or trellis. Accent lights can also create intriguing effects when used for water features.
Spread lights are placed within flower beds, for a colorful nighttime display, so your handiwork can be enjoyed at night as well as during the day. Using them in the beds along the edge of your property helps to define the space, inviting evening strolls around your garden.
Another area that can benefit from lighting, but is often overlooked is the deck. Deck lighting has become more popular as more entertaining is taken outdoors in the warmer months of the year. Deck lights are a smaller, softer type of light, fixed to various posts around the sides of a deck and shining downward, creating a comfortable feeling without any chance of glare.
For a more complete landscape lighting product line-up, look to Kichler Lighting. Kichler has an exciting array of landscape fixture choices, many of which coordinate with their exterior wall lighting. You will find low-voltage landscape lighting choices, landscape transformers, as well as popular LED landscape lighting alternatives. Add a bit of whimsy to your exterior spaces with first-class landscape lighting from Kichler, the choice of professional landscapers.