- Decide on the power supply. It could be either line voltage, or more commonly in outdoor spaces, low voltage, the latter requiring a transformer. You may hear differing opinions among landscape enthusiasts on which one is better in terms of light quality, lamp life, energy consumption and versatility, but it’s best to consult with your local electrician in Richmond Hill.
- Decide on the type of light bulbs. LED light bulbs, in our opinion, are the best choice for landscape lighting (and interior lighting, for that matter) as they provide a low heat, high longevity light source.
Here are some outdoor lighting techniques that will really enhance your exterior home’s ambiance and mood:
Downlighting or uplighting: exactly how it sounds, this is the location from which the light source originates. Downlighting closer to the ground can highlight beautiful flower beds and pathways, while higher located downlight can provide a good base ambient light for nighttime entertaining. Uplighting creates a dramatic and beautiful mood and ambiance.
Spot lighting: an intense beam of light to deliberately highlight a decorative item or plant.
Grazing: placing the light near a textured structure, whether it’s a tree, brick wall, or an interesting door to highlight its unique surface texture.
Shadowing: lighting an object from in front and below to bring out a visually interesting shadow.
Cross lighting: lighting a tree or statue from multiple angles to enhance its 3D effect.
There are many other techniques that you can incorporate into your landscape lighting. Homeowners who want to bring their outdoor lighting vision into fruition may eventually ask themselves “how much does it cost to install landscape lighting?” This of course depends on a variety of factors including how much space is in your back and front yards, which the amount of lighting needed, or how many interesting decorative pieces you want to highlight in your front yard, for example. It’s best to consult our Richmond Hill electricians to get an accurate quote, and we will advise you accordingly. Find out where there are potential dark pockets and make sure there is enough light to illuminate that area for safety and security purposes.