Landscaping and Lighting Go Hand In Hand

Landscaping and Lighting Go Hand In Hand
by Tom Sanderrs

Yards and decks look great when they are enhanced with some decorative lighting. Waterfalls and ponds can look especially opulent with some well placed lights to add ambiance and atmosphere. Subtle lighting not only makes an area an entertainers dream, it can create tranquil garden pathways you can lose yourself in.

Outdoor lighting has many different functions. Most common of all is bright lighting for added security and safety. Ostensibly new to the market are LED lights, and they not only shine brightly but are more reliable and efficient than the conventional lighting methods mainstream people are used to. To most consumers, LED lights are a new thing, but they’ve really been around for many years.

Low voltage lighting fixtures are extremely popular for gardens. These fixtures are affordable and easy to install. They bring real life and joy to any area outside and allow you to display and enjoy your garden 24 hours a day if you desire.

Water is an ideal addition to any backyard and lighting really helps to enhance the visual joy a water feature can bring. It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to bring attention to a pond, waterfall or a fountain, some well planned lighting will make the feature a stunning eye catcher.

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Pathways can be given the treatment with attractive lighting that defines the shape of your garden. White lights as well as colored lights are popular for pathways and all work well towards a safer and more attractive area at night.

Different colored lighting is popular in the garden. Especially in the form of soft yellow lights that bring a summer warmth to a landscape. Greens and blues are also popular because they accentuate the natural beauty of plants and water, depending on what is in your garden, of course.

But don’t get too carried away with lighting in your garden. Too much light can just turn an area into an expensive mess of contrasting moods. The lights you use should be enhance the existing beauty of an area, or simply to make it safer or more secure.

The best place to start is with a plan. You can create one yourself of try hiring a consultant to help you. Landscapers that specialize in lighting are locatable in the yellow pages or on the internet. If you want to do it yourself, a good place to start is checking the websites of landscapers online for pictures to see how the experts do it. Magazines are another great source of ideas, with house and garden magazines very popular it’s easy to get your hands on one.

Adding light fixtures to your garden can bring real value to your property. No matter the size of your home or garden, a few subtle light changes can bring real beauty and appeal.

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