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Landscape Lighting Design—Questions to Ask

As you begin thinking about outdoor lighting, it’s essential to make all the right decisions for getting a lighting design that will fit your needs, make an impression, and provide you with years of enjoyment. But, how do you know exactly what you are looking for, if you don’t know the right questions to ask?

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. Keep these questions in mind as you plan your outdoor lighting design:

1. How Will You Use Light to Enhance My Home and Property? During the initial consultation with an outdoor lighting designer, such as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia, let us know how you use your space and your vision for light. Then find out how we’ll add light to enhance it. Our designer will know what lighting techniques and fixtures will work in your situation and the elements.

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 incandescent bulbs. If you have a high-voltage system, switching to low-voltage LED lighting system is another way to conserve energy. Anything high-voltage or 120 volts will use more energy and cost more to operate.

3. How Will My Lighting System be Maintained? While often overlooked, regular maintenance is important for the continued beauty and functionality of a lighting design. Not all companies offer maintenance services, so it’s a good idea to discuss this with your designer early on. Find out how it all works, so you know if and when something happens.

4. 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 easier in the future. For example, there might be a better place to put the transformer depending on your future needs. We will work with you to plan your design in phases too. Perhaps you start with the front of the house and then light the trees later or if you like to entertain, and then maybe focus on the backyard. It’s easy to start small and add more lights down the road.

Finding an Experienced Outdoor Lighting Designer

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, 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. Our experienced lighting team provides the expertise and experience needed to light your outdoor space for both beauty and security. Our goal is to provide the highest quality, custom lighting products and services, to homes and businesses across the nation.

Interested in outdoor lighting? Find out how we can enhance your home’s curb appeal by scheduling a complimentary night demonstration! Call (703) 936-7190 or email us at