Showcasing your gorgeous landscaped property day and night is easy with outdoor lighting. You’ve probably invested an impressive amount of time and money designing your outdoor space, so adding lighting is the next step to enjoying it whenever you like!
Path lighting is a great place to start because not only does it add an ambient touch, it makes your property safer for your guests and family by letting you walk through your landscape safely.
Here are four things you need to know about path lighting.
LED vs. Solar vs. Electric
When it comes to path lighting, one of the first decisions you will need to make is what type of lighting fixture works best for your landscape. There are many types and designs of lights available, so selecting the type that fits your style, budget and geographic location is key.
For example, if your home is surrounded by shade, solar lights might not be the best choice for you. The staff at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of West Houston and The Woodlands can offer professional advice for this step if you’re not sure which source is best for your particular yard.
Balance is the Key
Path lighting is designed to light up areas such as walkways, stairways and other paths. Not all outdoor light fixtures will be efficient for path lighting or wayfinding. You’ll want to offset the lights or stagger them on either side of the walkway so there is always balance along the way. Add some ambient lighting in the flower beds to offer dimension to create a nice glow near the path.
Avoid Over Lighting
People have a tendency to add too many light fixtures or too bright of fixtures to their outdoor lighting. This is where Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can help. Things you want to avoid when installing path lights:
- Placing lights too closely together
- Using too bright of fixtures
- Installing the lights too high
The last thing you want is to create a bright, runway effect that shines up into your guests’ eyes or creates annoying glare. Keep the lighting low and subtle.
Path Lighting Design
This is where the fun begins! The market has many options when it comes to path lights. Does it make more sense to install lights onto steps, lanterns, pillars and posts? Or should you use recessed or paver lights that are installed in the edges of the walkway pavers? Do you want a subtle look or make a bold statement?
We work closely with homeowners to design a look that fits their budget and their style. In fact, we offer a free design consultation so you can see what the final result would look like before we ever start working. That way there are no surprises and no unsatisfied customers.
For more information and tips on lighting your landscape, whether it is throughout the entire property or just for a pathway, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of West Houston and The Woodlands. We have the experience you need to light up an outdoor space so you can enjoy it season after season. Give us a call today at (713) 231-5898!