Lighting the landscape of your property can seem intimidating, but these steps for designing a lighting plan for your home make it easier than ever.
Step 1: Brainstorm Ideas
In order to get a better idea of what you want, you’re going to need to brainstorm. Walk around your property both during the day and at night to see what areas you want to highlight and what areas are in need of lighting, including any water features.
Step 2: Sketch the Landscape
Now that you’ve brainstormed some ideas, you can get a better idea of placement of fixtures by sketching your landscape and planning where to put lighting. Highlight any areas you want to focus on and be sure to include any existing landscape lighting.
Step 3: Choose Fixtures
There are numerous types of light fixtures to choose from to light your landscape. Some choices include indicator lights, hardscape fixtures, submersibles, accent lights, in-ground lights, and more. The fixture will depend on the effect you want as well as where and when it will be used.
Step 4: Space Fixtures Out
The spacing of your lighting fixtures can vary depending on where they are and what type of fixture it is. There are some guidelines on spacing, though the spacing of fixtures is up to preference as well as the actual layout of your landscape.
Step 5: Power Lights
Your lighting system will need power, so the last thing you need to do is make sure your lights are powered up. The good news is that you can use a single transformer to light your entire landscape, though you should leave some room for landscape lighting installation in the future if you ever decide to revise your plan.
Using these steps, you can have a home with an immaculately lit landscape that highlights the beauty of your property and its features.