Landscape is usually designed, installed, looked at and enjoyed in the daylight, so the thought of adding lights into the landscape design is something that can be easily missed. There are several different kinds of lights and different reasons why you would even want landscape lighting, so lets break it all down. But first… did you know that many landscape lights are now available with blue tooth options as well, can be controlled from your phone and even change color?
WHY DO YOU WANT LIGHTS?
- Light up your steps and walkway for those late nights coming home from work.
- Accent some of your most favored plants in your garden to show off at night.
- Light up a walkway out to the firepit for easy nighttime access.
- Illuminate the edges of driveway to avoid any collisions at night.
- Romantic lanterns under the backyard pergola are perfect for summer nights.
- Ad another dimension to aquatic features with lights under water.
- Upplight trees to add an elegant effect to your yard.
- Light up your landscape design to show off after dark.
- Above all else, for safety when enjoying the outdoors at night.
TYPES OF LIGHTS:
Step lights: Step Lights are great because they are often hidden under the edge of the step where they almost can’t be seen in the daylight, and then after the sun goes down, bam your steps are lit up! Of course, this also provides the safety aspect of walking up stairs at night after that late night at the office when your half asleep. Step lights are also equipped with Blue Tooth and can easily be controlled right from your phone.
Area Hat lights: Area hat lights are used to light the way along a pathway or in the middle of a garden area. In addition to lighting the way when you walk at night, these lights are also decorative, so they add another dimension to your garden during the day as well.
Tiki Lights: Tiki Lights might have a cheap connotation when you think about the original woven bamboo tiki lights. However, if you want to light up your beautiful new patio with a more modern look, Tiki lights are now offered made of brass with an aged brass finish for a trendier design. And of course, Tiki lights can help keep those pesty bugs away too!
Bullet Lights: Bullet Lights are what is typically used for up lighting a tree or pillar on the house. Some of these also come with blue tooth options and can add a more affluent look to your yard.
Down Lighting: Down lighting can be installed on the corner of a house, in a tree or under a gazebo to light up an outdoor living area for late night dinner parties. These can even come in more lantern type looking designs as well.
Ground Lighting: Ground lighting is used similarly to Hat Lights in that they are usually used to light up a pathway, except these are installed more flush with the ground and don’t stand tall like the hat lights. Again, these can be used for safety as well as pathway ambiance.
Under Water Lights: If you have a waterfall or pond in your yard that you would like to light up, these are for you. Of course, being waterproof they can be installed near or under the water to add focal points in your landscape after dark.
These are just some of the more popular light designs in landscapes today. Next time you are planning out a new patio or landscape design don’t forget to think about that nighttime ambiance and impress your neighbors after the sun goes down!
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