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Landscape Lighting Basics

Wouldn’t it be great if you could keep your backyard party going well into the evening this spring or summer? You shouldn’t have to shut down camp and send your guests home just because the sun went down and without the right landscape lighting design, this can easily become a reality. Read below to find out a few of the landscape lighting basics and your friends and family members may never want to leave!

Step 1: What’s The Purpose?

If you’re thinking about landscape lighting, you first need to ask yourself what the purpose is. Why do you want to light up your yard? Do you want to set a romantic mood? Do you want it to be more functional? Setting a clear purpose is the key for any exterior lighting project.

Step 2: Show Off Your Artistic Ability.

Now that you’ve figured out why you want/need landscape lighting, it’s time to put your plans to fruition. Sketch out a map of your backyard including existing lights, buildings, garages or sheds, benches, trees, gardens, the pool, etc. It’s also important to add dimensions so your lighting expert gets a better understand of your space.

Step 3: Decide Where You Want The Lights To Go.

Think about the areas of your yard that absolutely should be lit up. Some of these areas include walkways or stairs, the pool area, the garden and the deck. Now think about if these regions are going to reflect light or absorb it as this will be important when it comes to choosing fixtures and bulbs.

Now that you’ve got a few of the basics hammered out, it’s time to call on the professionals. Lon Lockwood Electric will help you decide on light size and placement to augment security, add architectural beauty to landscaping and your home’s exterior and call attention to special plantings or designs. Call us today at (585) 766-4702!