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Questions to Ask When Planning Your Outdoor Lighting Design

Thinking about outdoor lighting? A good landscape lighting design can transform your outdoor spaces, add distinction and enhance the beauty of your home, and increase the overall safety and security of your property.

As you begin thinking about your needs, keep these questions in mind when you meet with us to plan your outdoor lighting design:

1. Can You Create a Landscape Lighting Design That Can Be Added onto Later? If you think you might want to add more lights later down the road, it’s always good to discuss this with your designer. A few minor adjustments now could make additions later on easier. For example, there might be a better place to put the transformer depending on your future needs. Most designers will work with you to plan your design in phases too. If you do this, our designers recommend having the phases done in complete sections for a cleaner overall look. Perhaps you start with the front of the house and then light the trees later or if you like to entertain then maybe start with the backyard, adding more to the front later. It’s easy to start small and add more lights down the road.

2. What Are Some Ways to Save Energy? Some people have varying opinions about energy savings. However, if conserving energy is important to you, then this is a good topic to discuss with your designer. Choosing an outdoor LED lighting system provides several benefits, one being its energy savings. LED bulbs use a fraction of the electricity and have a longer life than halogen or incandescent bulbs.

3. How Will You Use Light to Enhance My Home and Property? During the initial consultation with an outdoor lighting designer, let them know how you use your space and your vision for light. Then find out how they’ll add light to enhance it. A designer with years of knowledge and experience will know what lighting techniques and fixtures will work best given the situation and the elements.

4. How can outdoor lighting increase visibility, safety, and security? If visibility is important to you, highlighting stone or brick elements in the front of the home draws the eye to the front door, creates a welcoming atmosphere, and increases safety and security; Illuminating trees anchored on the property corners also helps visually frame the house to form an aesthetic appeal. The added light makes it more difficult for intruders to hide on your property. Path lights along the front walkway help safely guide guests to your door or around your property. For ways that are specific to your property, be sure to inquire about these things at your free consultation.

By asking all the right questions, you’ll end up with a more comprehensive design by focusing on lighting the elements that will enhance your home and property as well as cater to your personal needs.

Find an Experienced Outdoor Lighting Designer

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia, we have designers that will work with you to create a custom lighting design that’s unique to your property. Once your design is complete, you can count on our team of experts to maintain it and keep it looking as good as the day it was first installed. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your lighting needs, please feel free to contact us or request a free consultation online. Find out how you can enjoy more of your summer nights outdoors by scheduling a complimentary night demonstration! Call (703) 936-7190 or email us at