Designing a Landscape Lighting System

Installing an outdoor landscape lighting system can add beauty, safety, and curb appeal to your garden, walkways, and entrance areas. If you already have a system in place, it is easy to adapt or enhance the design or style of your existing system. This article will teach you the basics of how to design landscape lighting.

Landscape Lighting: How to Get Started

It’s best to have a few items before you begin shopping. This will help to avoid headaches, unnecessary trips to the store, or even worse, incompatible components. Grab a pen and paper and walk through your home to get an idea of what you want your system to look like.

  • Plan your trip with these general ideas in mind:
  • Choose the exterior objects or areas you wish to illuminate.
  • Choose the right lighting technique.
  • Select the fixtures and accessories to create the desired look.
  • Select the power supply – line voltage or low voltage (more common).
  • Choose the correct bulbs.

Landscape Lighting Techniques

1. Accent or Spotlighting:

Landscape spotlights direct a focused, intense beam of light to the focal point in your garden, such as flowers, small shrubs, and statues. It creates sparkling islands in your landscape lighting design.

2. Grazing:

By bringing the light up close to interesting surfaces, you can highlight the texture, whether it’s the bark of a tree, masonry, wood shingles, or a beautiful door. It is generally not recommended to graze smooth surfaces.

3. Shadowing:

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