Earlier the garden or
outdoors was lit up, to allow people entering the
house after dark to see clearly and to prevent thefts.
Today landscape lighting is done to enhance the beauty
of the garden. Landscape lighting has become a work of
art. The aim of landscape lighting is to display the
house and the garden in its entire splendor after
dark. The lighting has its functional aspect as well
as it provides well lit outdoors which help prevent
thefts. Here are a few tips for better landscape
Use a professional, a certified lighting
consultant who will be able to give you the best advice.
Study your garden carefully and decide what
you would like to highlight by the lighting.
Ensure that the lighting professional has a
copy of your landscape design.
Include outdoor lighting while you are
planning the landscape, as it will be easier to lay pipes and
Get more than one quotation so that you can
Install a transformer that is large enough to
meet your current and future lighting needs.
If you are planning to do part of the
lighting now and the rest later on, then lay all the
electrical groundwork in the first stage itself.
Use soft light that looks like moonlight for
the best results.
Do not use too many lights; the landscape
should be visible and not the lights.
Hide the source of the lighting system behind
plants and shrubs.
The fixtures should not be visible, only the
light from the bulbs should be seen.
Use fixtures that are water resistant.
Most people prefer using white light for
landscapes, but with the help of a professional, you could try
some color variation too.
Use fluorescent lights are they are cheaper
and more efficient that incandescent lights.