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The Benefits of Outdoor Lighting in Landscaping

Landscaped backyard of a one-story yellow home with custom decking and lighting, at dusk.

A beautiful landscape only looks amazing during the day. When the sun goes down, your property won’t shine like it does in the afternoon. Make sure your landscape looks its best all the time with outdoor landscape lighting.

Landscape lighting comes in many forms and can be positioned just right to emphasize the best features of your yard. Proper lighting systems can brighten your landscape and provide a guiding light for your sidewalks and driveway.

In this article, we’ll discuss the various landscape lighting options, the benefits of adding outdoor lighting, and tips for making the most of landscape lighting installations.

Types of Outdoor Lighting To Consider for Your Landscape

There are many options when it comes to outdoor lighting. With the right combination of lights, you can emphasize areas of your home and make them look incredible. Some of your outdoor landscape lighting options include:

  • Uplighting: Lights that point upward, enhancing trees, bushes, and flags.
  • Downlighting: Lights that point down, highlighting planters, seating, and walkways.
  • Floodlighting: Bright lights that fill the area with light for easy sight.
  • Path lighting: Lights that illuminate sidewalks and walkways.
  • Security lighting: Lights that illuminate doorways and windows to deter criminals.
  • Shadow lighting: Lights that create depth by creating visually interesting shadows.

Advantages of Landscape Lighting

There are many good reasons to add landscape lighting to your home. Many people install outdoor lighting systems for:

  • Added curb appeal: Make your home look incredible with the right lighting.
  • Extra home security: Criminals tend to avoid well-lit homes.
  • Higher home value: Add extra value to your property with the right lights.
  • Better visual aesthetic: Homes with outdoor lighting have a more interesting look than others.

Tips for Creating a Well-Lit & Visually Appealing Outdoor Space

If you want to enhance the look of your property, you need to do more than just install lights. They have to be installed in the right place and angled properly. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your landscape lighting system:

  • Plan your lighting space: Consider where you want brightness around your property. Consider the plants, walkways, and trees you want to emphasize.
  • Balance light levels: Consider the brightness and direction of each light. It’s important not to brighten too much or too little.
  • Mind the glare: Look out for windows and shiny objects. They can create glares that can ruin the aesthetic.
  • Use timers or smart controls: Consider adding timer systems and smart controls to adjust the lights more easily and accurately.

With the help of expert lighting technicians, you can brighten up your property and make it look better than ever before.

Schedule Professional Landscape Lighting Services With Wheat’s Landscape

Since 1978, the team at Wheat’s Landscape has been creating incredible landscapes, front yards, and backyards throughout Northern Virginia. Our team of experts provides large-scale landscaping services and ongoing maintenance.

From total landscape renewals to regular lawn mowing, look to our team for it all.

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