In Landscape Lighting, Outdoor Lighting, Outdoor Lighting Design

Columbus landscape lighting has quite a bit in common with cosmetics. If it is well done, you barely notice it. It highlights your best features, distracts from weaker ones and never draws attention to itself. Poorly done makeup can send shivers down your spine. It makes people think of other things instead of the person they are talking to: things like clowns or ladies of the evening. Don’t do that to your home. Show you love it by avoiding these common outdoor lighting mistakes.

 

DO use lighting to highlight safety along the pathways.

DO use lighting to highlight safety along the pathways.

Don’t forget that safety and security come first. Your first priority in lighting should be to find the changes of elevation on your property. These might be stairs, entryways, the edges of a patio or even just uneven spots on a walkway. You also want to give special attention to dark areas, like behind bushes, where “bad guys” might hide.

 

Don’t light your driveway like a runway. As easy and tempting as it is just to post lights in straight lines along each side of your driveway or walking paths, it usually ends up looking like you are preparing to host an emergency small plane landing. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Columbus can show you how path lighting and downlighting of landscape features along a path can guide visitors to your home and give them something lovely to look at along the way.

 

DO make the lighting the focus of your project, not your fixtures.

DO make the lighting the focus of your project, not your fixtures.

Don’t make the fixture the focus of attention. Your home and your yard should be what people see. If fixtures are sitting out alone out in the open or if they have excessive glare, something is very wrong. Thoughtful placement of quality fixtures will help them to blend into your landscape. Professional application of shielding and lenses will solve the glare problem.

 

Don’t overlight or underlight. Honestly, underlighting is a bigger problem. Most folks know that their house glowing like a beacon in the night is a bad thing. Underlighting often is a function of the poor quality of many fixtures available in “big box” stores. Most inexpensive lighting, especially solar-powered lights, don’t provide enough light to do the job right. If you don’t have the right tool, how can your project succeed? We use energy efficient LEDs that have a long life span and are easy on the electric bill.

 

DO light your entire home to bring out all the architectural details.

DO light your entire home to bring out all the architectural details.

Don’t light just part of your home. Highlight your home’s best features, for sure, but also light the rest of the house. A successful Columbus landscape lighting design will light your home from top to bottom and all the way across. It will use layering techniques and light elevation cut-ins to bring out the beauty of your home and yard. It’s art, science and experience all rolled into one.

 

Let us show you the power of light during one of our free consultations. Call 614-794-1121 or email olpcolumbus@outdoorlights.com.

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J.K. Smith, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Columbus
614-794-1121

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