When homeowners begin seriously considering outdoor lighting for their property, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples has found that one of the first things some want to know is how many lights they will need. Though we understand why clients seek this information early, beautiful outdoor lighting results from how lights are used rather than how many are installed. This is one of the primary differences between an experienced outdoor lighting designer and an amateur. How much we can do with just one outdoor light might surprise you, and actually, using too many lights can cause your property to be too bright. In these cases, onlookers will notice the light itself more than the details of your property
So how do outdoor lighting professionals do so much with just a few fixtures? We know the value of perfect placement, beam spread, and custom design.
Positioning outdoor lighting fixtures truly is an art form, and it is key to creating an exquisite system. When determining where to place a light and how to angle it, we consider the height, width, and texture of the object we will be illuminating. We use in-depth knowledge of fixtures and their outputs to do more with less.
Beam spread refers to how light rays spread out as they travel from the fixture to the object that is illuminated. Optimally, designers are able to control beam spread, so they can have more control over the look of the system. They could spread light over a wider area by increasing it, or bring the light into tighter focus by constricting it. The fixtures used by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples allow for such control.
No two properties are the same, and no two outdoor lighting systems should be the same either. Additionally, not all areas of your property should be illuminated. Areas of light balanced with areas of shadow give ambiance and tone. Uniform illumination will only make your property appear sterile. By highlighting the best features of a property, good designers draw attention to what is most important to their clients. The rest fades into the shadows.
So how many fixtures do you really need? Unfortunately, there is no formula. Even with specific dimensions, this cannot be determined until the designer has seen your property and understood what look you want for your system. For this reason, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples conducts free consultations with no obligation attached. Contact us today, and let us show you what we can do. While we can’t give you a specific number in this post, in most cases, less is more when designing outdoor lighting systems.
Kurt Shearer, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples