Landscape Lighting > Garden Lights • Pathway Lights • Patio Lights
Landscape lighting is often designed for its aesthetic effect more than
its practical use. So, as in painting, careful thought must be given
to color, level, and placement of the landscape fixtures. Garden
lighting should offer a blend of cool light sources for planting beds and
landscaped areas and warm light sources for outdoor living areas.
Individual light sources should be kept dim for compatibility with
nighttime ambient light levels and to avoid glare and light
pollution. Plan to use candles or other small temporary lighting
sources near cooking and eating areas, as required. Consider the
relative light levels indoors and outdoors in the evening hours, when you
wish to enjoy the view of your illuminated landscape from indoors and
perhaps from an outdoor deck or patio.
Landscape lighting sources should be unobtrusive and located near ground level. A number of small landscape lights, carefully placed to accent the features of the yard and garden, can create a warm, inviting atmosphere. When designing your outdoor lighting, consider the yard as a group of related spaces rather than trying to light the entire area uniformly.
Low voltage (or solar) landscape lighting can be less costly to purchase and install than exterior lighting powered by household current. In any case, be sure to buy lighting fixtures, wire, and accessories that are designed for outdoor use. Retain the services of a qualified professional lighting installer, especially if you plan to power your landscape lighting installation with household current. Of course, solar landscape lights are the easiest to install, because they require no electrical cable installation.
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