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Outdoor Lighting Design - Where do You Start?

When creating a lighting design, there are a couple factors we take into account before proposing an outdoor lighting design. The first factor is the homeowner’s lighting objectives. The second factor is the homeowner’s lighting budget. These are obviously extremely important, as they set the baseline for what to expect when considering the extent and depth of your home’s outdoor lighting system.

Next, we look at the scope of what is being illuminated – the size, shape, and depth of the areas on the canvas. Depending on the size of your home and property, and depending on whether you’re lighting both the front and back yard, there are many elements that are great candidates for outdoor lighting. These include your home’s facade, your landscaping, perhaps a stunning focal tree or water feature and your outdoor living areas such as your deck, patio, or pool.

architectural lighting on the front of a stone house

The first area we recommend illuminating is your home’s architectural facade, focusing on both the length and height of the facade. We also look at the depth and texture as well as the great architectural details of your home. In the picture above, notice how the stone texture becomes visible at night with the correct lighting technique.

architectural lighting on the front of a white house with stone accents and trees

After facade lighting, the next area we look at is framing the architecture. We look at the landscape elements right outside the architecture such as trees and other landscaping elements. If the lighting budget permits, our lighting design will them move out into the yard’s landscape. As you can see in the image above, not every element is illuminated but the lighting design started with the facade and then moved out to illuminating a couple key landscape elements that framed or complimented the facade.

Keep reading our continuing lighting design series over the coming weeks. If you’re considering adding outdoor lighting to your Northern Ohio area home, give us a call for a free demonstration at your home. Give us a call at (440) 336-8650 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to your call.