When it comes to outdoor lighting for your new home in Caswell County or Granville County, NC, you may need some help in knowing where to begin. As a new homeowner, the many options may be new to you.
Fortunately, you do not need to know any of the specifics before reaching out to your landscape contractor to inquire about outdoor lighting options—but you may want to be aware that there are numerous methods of outdoor lighting, and making use of the various methods can make your home stand out.
We have five ideas for utilizing the various forms of outdoor lighting to help accentuate your landscape and make it just as enjoyable at night as it is during the day for yourself, your family, and your guests.
Uplighting and Downlighting
Uplighting and downlighting are two frequently mentioned methods of outdoor lighting. Uplighting involves placing the light at the bottom of a feature or structure and shining it upward, while downlighting involves placing the light up higher and shining it downward.
Both types of outdoor lighting can work great on the exterior of the home itself. Lights can be placed near the foundation of the home and shine upward to accent brick, stone, or any other material used for your home.
In contrast, downlighting can be placed on the structure itself to simulate moonlight. Downlighting is especially beautiful when applied to a tree. The downward light creates shadows of the branches and leaves, which can have a magical effect. Making use of shadows can have just as much of an impact as making use of light.
If you have any key features in your landscaping or on your home, spotlights are a great way to draw the eye. Spotlights can help highlight statues, water features, or even special foliage that you have in your flower beds. If you have a flag in your front yard or backyard, a spotlight could keep it well lit.
When you want a large space to be well-lit, floodlights are sometimes brought up as an option, but you may find that a more subtle treatment would be better for setting the appropriate ambiance for certain parts of your landscape, such as your patio. Floodlights are placed up high above a space in your front yard or backyard and shine downward, essentially flooding a space with light. You can work closely with your landscape contractor to achieve a more subtle effect through outdoor lighting for your patio space.
Inground lighting, also called well lighting, involves lights that are placed flush in the ground. This type of lighting works great on lawns because a lawn mower can go over it without any problem. These lights are also an ideal option for around pools as they do not present a tripping hazard. Inground lighting is also an effective method of highlighting columns or other architectural features seen on your home or within your landscape.
Walkway lighting is essential for safety reasons but also for aesthetic reasons as well. Your guests will appreciate well-lit walkways when visiting your home in the evenings because they will know exactly where to walk. Plus, having lighting along the walkways in the front of your home appears welcoming.
It is also a good idea to have stair lighting installed. As the name implies, stair lighting is placed on each step so that the stairs are well-lit. This is another way to prevent trips and falls in the evenings. You can have stair lighting installed on your deck stairs or even on the stairs at the entrance of your home.