For your yard to reflect your personal style and look absolutely stunning and inviting for you and your friends to enjoy, all it takes is just a little bit of smart planning and organizing and, of course, the right lightning solutions!
Here are some helpful steps to follow and get to a point where you’ll fall in love with your yard and how it’s lighted!
What is the purpose of the landscape lightning you are planning to do?
Every good installation starts with the answer to this question. Before you invest in any landscape lighting, you need to think the purpose of it through. Are you just upgrading the yard to make it look better and more inviting? Do you want to highlight some features of your backyard like a water fountain or pond? Are you after a particular style and purpose such as romantic mood during the evening hours? Were there any security problems with the back of your yard that you want to give special attention to? Or are you just looking to give the path leading through the garden some landscape lighting to mark its boundaries? Whichever the answer, each of the situations asks for a particular approach to landscape lightning.
Make a Sketch of Your Yard
Once you have decided why you want the landscape lightening to become a huge part of your yard, make a quick sketch of your yard so you can get a clue of what should go where. Include in the sketch existing lights, benches, buildings, trees and shrubs, as well as the vegetation and decorations in the garden. Believe it or not, each of these items will reflect light or absorb it which is why you need to be mindful of how you place them.
Decide Where Landscape Lighting Should Go
Specific locations in your backyard should correspond the initial reason for lightning. Again, depending on the reason for lightning, you can find great places to place the lamps and create an atmosphere. For instance, hide landscape lightning under shrubs to create a soft, even romantic mood. If you want to line your yard path, you may need a series of short stake lights along its border on one side or on both sides.
A water feature of your yard, such as a fountain or a pool may look wonderful with a spotlight and a pond can have soft lighting around its perimeter.
Determine How Much Effort You Want to Expend
The size of your yard will pretty much determine the amount of work and effort you will need to invest in the whole process.
Know that 120-volt lightning requires the greatest effort to install. “Wiring for these types of garden lights must be buried at a depth of 18 inches or encased in conduit to protect it from water” advise electricians from M Electrics. If you are looking at exploring something not as complicated, low-voltage landscape lighting for the backyard is a good option. It only needs only an outdoor receptacle and a transformer. “The transformer converts the 120 volts coming from the household line to a usable 12 volts to operate the lights”, say electricians.
You should always consult a professional when it comes to installing high-risk landscape lightning.
Solar lightning is, without a doubt, the easiest landscape lighting to place in the backyard as it has no cords to be hidden. “It should be positioned in such a way that the photovoltaic cell in the lighting fixture receives enough light during the day .to allow it to shine at night”, explain electricians from M Electrics.
Linear LED lighting is a great option too as it offers plenty of forms and ideas and it saves you much power.
Set a Budget and Buy the Lights
The most expensive lights are definitely high-voltage landscape lighting at $100 or more per light. However, they are easy to install by a do-it-yourself method so you won’t need additional money for an electrician. Solar lighting is the least expensive option.
For anyone looking to upgrade their yard with any sort of landscape lightning the information we’ve provided will be of much help. Think through your options and make the best possible decision that agrees with the type of your yard and the idea you are after.