When you add outdoor lighting to your outdoors space, it instantly adds beauty and increases usability of your yard during the night. Subtle landscape lighting can make a huge impact for minimal cost. Install outdoor lights to highlight focal plants, create contrast, or illuminate paths.
Not only does illuminating your yard add value to your home, but installation is quick, easy, and adds a small footprint to your landscape. Our experts will install your lights with little disruption to your current design. If you would like to add new outdoor lights or upgrade the current lights for your yard, contact one of the Rock Solid experts for design tips. Your landscape will take on a new dimension with outdoor lighting that is properly placed and expertly installed.
Lighting Styles for Your Yard and Garden
1. Making the Switch to LED
Save time, money, and energy by selecting LED light bulbs or string lights for your yard. These long-lasting bulbs also work efficiently in extreme temperatures are environmentally responsible. They can also be dimmed or brightened depending on the time of day or your desired ambiance.
2. Color-Changing Bulbs
Color changing lights are one of the most popular trends for outdoor lighting in 2021. You can choose a color to fit the right mood for evening. Choose soft blue or green for relaxing evening or bright reds and oranges for a fun dinner party.
3. Smart Lights
Turn your lights on and off from right from your phone! You can also turn on specific zones of lighting to highlight different areas of your yard or let automatic timers do the work. If you’ve installed color-changing blubs, use your phone to switch colors, brighten, or dim your lights all from the comfort of your deck chair.
Smart lights either run through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Generally, the Wi-Fi models costs more but has a greater range than the Bluetooth operated version.
Lighting Mistakes to Avoid
Subtle outdoor lighting should add structure, texture, and color to your yard through subtle illumination and well-placed fixtures. We encourage you to chat with a landscape designer to avoid any of these outdoor lighting mistakes:
Runway lighting on paths
Lights on your pathways should lead you to the next section of your landscaping; captivating you all while keeping path safety in mind. If your lights are placed too close together and, on both sides, the effect is a plane runway rather than a stunning walkway.
Wrong angles with your moonlights
Moonlights are lights that shine down from above to add soft ambient light to an area. They should be angled at 15-45 degrees. If your moonlight is pointed directly downward or too high of a wattage bulb is used, it can create a sunspot rather than soft enhancing light.
Too close to home
Your lights should far enough from your foundation that it is capturing the texture of your plant and not shining directly onto your home.
Start Planning Your Outdoor Lighting Design
When lighting is done right, it adds value and intrigue to your home. It complements your current landscape design and enhances your architecture. Plus, when properly installed, it also increases nighttime safety along your walkways.
Are you ready to add beauty, safety, and convivence to your home? To use your backyard well into the night? Contact us today to discuss adding or enhancing outdoor lighting to your home.