So you’ve spent your Saturday working in the garden- every weed has been pulled and every plant has been watered. As you pack up your garden tools, the daylight quickly disappears leaving you hardly any time to enjoy all the work you’ve done. If you’ve found yourself in this disappointing position, it’s time for you to explore the endless possibilities of outdoor landscape lighting.
Many homeowners remain “in the dark” about the basics of landscape lighting, and miss out on the opportunity to enrich their landscape. Illuminating your property with low-voltage landscape lighting is easier than you might have thought, and there are many cost-effective strategies to take as you design and install a custom system for your home. Before moving forward with design ideas, take a moment to review the advantages of an outdoor lighting system.
Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits, a well-lit property will enhance security and direct potential intruders to the darker areas of your neighborhood where they will not be seen. Second, a well-lit path will ensure that all welcome visitors make it to your front door safely and protect you from potential liability. Further, tasteful landscape lighting can increase the value of your home instantly and allow you to get more mileage out of the investment you’ve made in your landscape. Unlike other types of electrical work, low-voltage landscape lighting does not require an electrician, and is safe to install and operate. As your landscape changes and matures over the years, it’s easy to change the look and focus of your lighting to adapt to the new needs and changes in your property. The lighting layout install this summer is not set in stone for the years to come.
When the time comes to look at lighting fixtures, don’t be overwhelmed by the vast range of styles and lighting trends that are offered by manufacturers. Choose features that blend with the style of your home and garden and enhance features of your property that you love the most. Venture beyond lighting paths and sidewalks, and consider lighting benches, gates and fences.
A well-designed outdoor lighting system will complement your landscape and add elegance and refinement to your home all year round. As you flush out your ideas on illuminating your property, you will be pleasantly surprise how this simple component of your landscape can vastly improve the function, value and beauty of your home.
This article was written by By Benjamin Grace, Landscape Designer at Jacobsen Landscape Design and Construction, Midland Park, NJ. For more: www.jacobsenlandscape.com.