10 Landscape Lighting Tips For The Summer
Summer is just around the corner, so you know what that means: time for backyard barbecues with family and friends and plenty of fun in the sun. But when the sun goes down, that shouldn’t mean you have to end your good time.
The key to never-ending summer fun is to add the right amount of lighting to your outdoor space in the right spots. In order to do that, follow these landscape lighting tips to brighten up your backyard.
1. Determine How Much Lighting You Need
Even if you want your landscape lit up, there is such a thing as too much light. Take measurements around your yard to determine exactly how much lighting you’ll need.
2. Utilize Different Kinds of Lighting
There are three types of lighting you should focus on: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient light typically is used to light a general area, while task lighting is used for more specific purposes, such as lighting your deck, and accent lighting tends to be smaller and more decorative.
3. Line Your Pathways
The fun can’t start if people can’t even see where they’re walking. Use solar lights in the ground or hanging light fixtures to illuminate your walking paths.
4. Layer Your Lighting
Not every area of your yard needs to be the same brightness. Adding a mix of bright and soft lighting gives dimension to your landscape and helps set different tones for different events.
5. Light More Popular Areas First
You may be tempted to light up the farther corners of your yard, but prioritize different spaces. Make sure your patio or deck is lit up first since this is likely to be the place your family members and friends will spend more time.
6. Read the Area
When you’re lighting certain areas, think about what gatherings will be held there. If you tend to have dinner parties or casual wine nights in one area, choose a softer light so your guests feel more relaxed. On the contrary, areas you cook in may benefit from brighter lights.
7. Consider Safety and Security
We’re all for using lighting for fun and entertainment, but it’s important to consider safety as well. Use motion-sensing spotlights and additional path lighting to illuminate entrances to your home, such as your front door, back door, and gate entries.
8. Add Decorative Touches
While there are plenty of practical uses for landscape lighting, it’s also a good idea to add a bit of flair to your home using accent lighting. Electric lanterns and torches are great ways to add seasonal decor to your yard.
9. Don’t Forget About Your Pool
While your pool is mainly a place for entertainment and relaxation, it can also pose a safety threat, especially to young children. It’s important to keep the area around your pool well-lit so no one accidentally falls in at night.
10. Be Conscious of the Bulbs You Use
Whenever possible, use LED light bulbs for your landscape lights. These bulbs offer better energy efficiency than traditional halogen bulbs and last much longer, which means you won’t have to replace them as often.
No matter what landscape lighting you have in mind for your home, Gold Medal Service is here to help! With over 24 years of lighting experience in New Jersey, we can outfit your home with quality outdoor lights, all backed by our satisfaction guarantee.
For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 732.365.3199!