Congratulations. You finally did it. The new landscape that you've been wanting for the longest time is now in the ground and ready to blossom.
So, if you're like most homeowners that are outdoor living lovers, we have a few suggestions for you. In fact, you may say that we're going to shine some light on the subject. The subject of Outdoor lighting that is…
As you drive through the Clearwater, Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg areas after the sun sets, you'll notice that some of your neighboring homes have absolutely stunning illuminated effects on their landscape foliage, trees and ornamental features.
And if they are so beautiful that they virtually take your breath away, chances are that our illumination professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives created the looks that you are admiring.
Now that your new landscape or enhanced landscape has been completed, you're probably asking yourself what's next. Here are some ideas for your consideration.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY LANDSCAPE?
In addition to watering frequently as needed to encourage new growth and nourish your new plantings, your thoughts should turn to how it all looks after the sun goes down for the day and dusk and twilight set it.
One of the treasured benefits in living in the lower East Coast of the United States is that nighttime brings a splendid sense of wonder around the illuminated exteriors and landscapes of area homes.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LIGHT MY LANDSCAPE?
That is an excellent question. Before you start investing in fixtures, bulbs, and cables, it would be best to consult with a professional outdoor landscape lighting designer.
Today there is such tremendous variety of landscape lighting solutions and tools, you need someone to objectively view your lay of the land to offer ideas and recommendations on how best to achieve optimum curb appeal, home beautification and after dark safety.
After your free nighttime outdoor landscape lighting consultation, we will make suggestions on how best to achieve the warm glows and effects that will add an entirely new dimension to your landscape, trees and gardens.
Our philosophy is now that the landscape elements are in place, it will serve as our “blank slate.” Depending on the plant materials that make up your landscape, we will take into account how they will all play together being illuminated.
Texture. Color. Fragrance. Height. Flora mixtures of annuals and perennials. Shrubbery. Those elements will be the base of our design palette.
DO I NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT HOW MUCH ELECTRICTY I WILL BE USING IF MY LANDSCAPE IS LIT EVERY EVENING?
We design and install LED low-voltage outdoor lighting systems, so the answer is “no – you need not worry.”
Once placed and installed within and around your landscape, our energy-efficient outdoor lights will be connected to a low-voltage transformer, which will be the brains of the landscape lighting system.
Depending on the footprint of your home, our outdoor lighting transformers are typically installed for easy access in your garage or in another protected area outside of your home.
And since you will not be turning the lights on and off each evening manually, we will set your automatic timers to light your landscape specifically for the hours you wish.
With our Lighting Control Automation technology, we will install a state-of-the-art timer that will accommodate for daylight changes on its very own – including sunset, sunrise, and Daylight Savings Time adjustments. And better yet, every new outdoor landscape lighting system we install can be freely adjusted by you to best meet your personal needs and preferences.
This flexible timing technology naturally increases the safety and security surrounding your landscape and grounds while adding lots of practicality, too.
Our outdoor lighting clients love the fact that our timers make it look like your home is lived in even if no one is there – even if you are at work or on vacation. Would-be intruders will always know your house is lived in even if you aren’t home.
WHAT’S YOUR LANDSCAPE LIGHTING PHILOSPHY AND APPROACH TO MAKE MY HOME EXTERIOR AND GARDENS STAND OUT?
First and foremost, we select which of our handcrafted copper and brass low-voltage outdoor landscape lighting fixtures will best showcase the various elements in your architecture and landscape.
Different fixtures project our energy-wise light at certain angles and exposures. Rest assured that our landscape lighting fixture inventory has a practical and stunning solution for optimum landscape illuminations.
WHY DO YOU USE DIFFERENT LANDSCAPE LIGHTS?
Our variety of custom copper and brass outdoor lights are designed to best illuminate the various elements of your landscape allowing you to enjoy the colors, depth, textures and even aromas of the fruits of your labor well into the evening.
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH THE NEW TREES IN MY LANDSCAPE?
To more fully enjoy the evening dance of wind swept palm trees, we use a variety of landscape lighting techniques that you are sure to love.
Often a combination of Up Lighting and Moonlighting are exquisite solutions for tree lighting.
Up Lighting, as the name implies, is using ground level fixtures pointing upwards to dramatically illuminate landscape elements.
Moonlighting is achieved by installing fixtures above the tree itself, to cast a soft “moonlight” glow upon the fronds and trunk of the tree.
WHERE SHOULD I PLACE THE LIGHTING FOR MY NEW LANDSCAPE?
Landscape lighting fixture placement is crucial to achieve optimum effects. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives custom designs every installation as our expertise enables the proper placement of your landscape lighting. Landscape lighting fixture placement is very important and with our landscape lighting experts, the goal is to focus on the illumination effect and not the fixture. This is why our fixtures virtually blend into your landscape, aging with a graceful weathered patina over time.
SHOULD I ADDRESS ANY DECORATIVE LANDSCAPE ITEMS THROUGH LIGHTING?
Decorative elements such as fountains, statues, columns, rocks, bird baths, gazing balls, and others will add tremendous scope and drama to your landscape with the right lighting. Our design professionals will review the various options that would best for your landscape scenario and water features.
SO WHO DO I CONTACT ABOUT LIGHTING MY LANDSCAPE?
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Clearwater & Tampa Bay can heighten the aesthetics and versatility of your new landscape space . Custom landscape lighting will indeed be the final crowning touch you have been searching for. Contact us today to learn more. Just click here to start that conversation and have your questions about landscape lighting design and installation answered.
Robert van der Putten, owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Clearwater & Tampa Bay.