Landscape lighting for your Dallas-Fort Worth home provides many benefits, including improved aesthetics, better safety, even increased property value. Outdoor lighting uses weatherproof fixtures and the subtle use of light and shadow to enhance the nighttime look of your home.
Planning Outdoor Lighting for Your Landscape
Outdoor lighting enhances gardens, trees, and unusual architectural features — and also eliminates safety concerns. Landscape lighting is a subtle art, using lights to illuminate and create artistic effect.
You could pursue do-it-yourself options, where you install your own system and fixtures, or you can use a lighting professional to develop and install a plan for you. In most cases, a professional is necessary to ensure your wiring is safe and efficient. The Metroplex has many experienced landscape lighting specialists, so it’s easy to get some quotes and compare options.
Start with a Design Plan
Before you even think about fixtures or lighting colors, it’s critical to develop a design plan and layout. Working with a designer can make this process much easier. You’ll need to decide whether you want low-voltage lighting or to use a licensed electrician for a high-voltage installation.
As part of the design process, it’s important to decide which areas to accent, and your goals for the lighting design. Is it for safety? Is it to highlight a particular aspect of your home or garden? Is it for artistic or dramatic effect? Or maybe it’s for all those reasons — regardless, a lighting designer has a trained eye to help you to see these aspects more clearly and choose what best suits your taste.
Fixtures and Accessories
After the design elements are finalized, it’s time to choose lighting fixtures for your project. First, consider energy consumption. Many homeowners have regretted their installations after receiving their first electric bills, realizing quickly that their project was costlier than they’d expected. Today, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are a top choice for energy efficiency, proper illumination, and a long lifespan, but there are also halogen and even solar-powered options. While solar-powered lights use sunlight during the day to charge and then release their energy at night, they aren’t as bright as traditional fixtures. Discuss with your designer or research the best options for each aspect of your landscape.
Next, decide on the accessories for your lighting system, like timers, motion detectors, transformers, and lens covers to alter the fixture’s colors. Lighting covers can direct, soften, and even change the light’s color, giving you endless options.
Time for Installation
Whether you are installing the lighting yourself or hiring a designer, after you’ve chosen your layout, fixtures and accessories, then it’s time for the installation. It’s very important to understand the specific requirements of your installation, including the equipment, layout, power needs, and cabling specifics.
Once installation is complete, it’s time to test the system and review it to ensure you’re achieved the look you expected. Review each fixture and make adjustments. Enjoy your new outdoor masterpiece!