Exploring Your Options for Landscape Lighting

options for Landscape Lighting

Over a period of many years, outdoor landscape lighting has evolved from simple fixtures that lit the exterior doors of a house, to spotlights and low-voltage pathway lighting, and most recently to unified landscape lighting systems that are designed to highlight both the exterior features of a building as well as trees and other outdoor ornamental elements that are integral to the building’s overall appearance. Exterior LED lighting has led many of the advancements in landscape lighting, and building owners now have a broad range of options for that lighting.

Landscape Lighting Design

Landscape lighting design begins with a building owner’s survey of building’s outdoor areas, which should lead to a coordinated plan for highlighting specific landscape features, providing areas that are more well-lit if those areas will be utilized during evening hours, and minimizing spillover and light pollution that might affect neighboring structures. With that plan in hand, a building owner can select the best types of LED lighting that will satisfy each of the plan’s elements.

Different types of LED pathway lighting can be used for safe nighttime ingress and egress. LED’s give a building owner more versatile and varied options than the typical solar pathway lighting standards that had once been the standard for pathway illumination. LED pathway lights are available with different forms of caps and diffusers to direct all of their illumination onto a path without disturbing other landscape features that are lit with separate fixtures. If the building owner prefers to illuminate both a path and adjacent architectural elements of a building, LED lights mounted on waist-level posts will perform that dual function.

Steps and stairs can present hidden dangers during evening hours. To avoid trips and falls on stairs and steps, incorporate built-in stair riser lighting to focus illumination on steps without distracting from other landscape features. Hardscape LED lights are a similar form of built-in stair lighting that are used to emphasize exterior features of a building’s walls and eaves.

LED Lights

LED lights can also be used to better define boundaries between different landscape spaces. Lights built into bollards or posts between spaces can provide different types of illumination on either side of the posts, particularly if different colors of LED lighting are utilized. The posts then form a physical barrier that is accented by the variegated lighting on either side of the posts.

Landscape features that call for more focus and attention, as, for example, old-growth trees or sculptures, will benefit from LED spotlights. A building owner can use LED spotlights for this purpose with dispersal patterns that more tightly focus illumination on the specific landscape feature without affecting other parts of an overall landscape lighting design. LED spotlights can be recessed into sunken wells in the ground to better blend with the design, and LED pond lights can be submerged in fountains and other water environments to create otherworldly pond illumination.  

Lastly, LED floodlights will brighten larger outdoor spaces and landscapes with uniform illumination that eliminates shadows and dark spots that can distract from other landscape features or that can present hidden dangers when people are unable to see outdoor hazards during evening hours.

All types of LED landscape lighting inFclude the technology and features that have made LED lights the illumination choice for all modern applications. A building owner can save operating costs with LED’s because they provide superior illumination with a substantially lower energy input than is required for traditional outdoor lights. LED landscape lighting can be controlled with timers and ambient sensors that turn the lights on and off automatically. Moreover, once an LED landscape lighting system is designed and installed, it will provide continuous operation for several years with minimal maintenance.