Outdoor landscape lighting offers a lot of benefits. One important benefit is that it provides security and safety. Burglars and trespassers will think twice before breaking into your well-lit property because there is a big chance of being caught. Another benefit is that it gives focus on your outdoor focal point, like a big statue or fountain. Hanging special types of outdoor lighting such as string lights and fairy lights makes your outdoor space look more festive.
If you are planning to install outdoor landscape lighting, you need to take note of the following tips and considerations.
Create a plan for installing outdoor landscape lighting
Before installing anything, you need to have a layout or a plan. This plan will give you an idea where you are going to install the lights. By creating a plan, you will know if your idea is workable or not. You do not have to be a professional planner or designer to be able to create a good plan for your lighting fixtures. Just decide where you want to install lights and start from there.
Hire a professional
You can either hire a professional outdoor landscape designer or you can do it yourself. If you hire a professional, he will also be the one to create the layout of your garden. This is only practical for large areas and formal gardens. If your outdoor space is small, it is more practical to do it yourself because there is not much to design.
Hire an electrician
Once you have decided where you want to put your lighting fixtures, it is best to hire an electrician who can install the fixtures outdoors. Shallow excavation on the ground may be needed and this requires professional skills and knowledge. Hiring an electrician is important to ensure that you are not breaking any local policies when it comes to installing electrical items in your property. This helps prevent fire and other accidents caused by incorrect installation of electrical wirings. The electrician will know how to connect your outdoor landscape lighting to an electrical outlet.
Avoid light pollution
Light pollution can be caused by poorly installed lighting fixture. Anything that does not look right or attractive and has something to do with the lighting is considered light pollution. For example, any unwanted outdoor light shining inside the house is considered light pollution. If your outdoor landscape lighting is too bright and makes it difficult for you to see the stars or if it creates a glare that is too bright to look at, it is also considered light pollution. It is also considered as light pollution if you are wasting energy and money.
There are a number of things that you can do to avoid light pollution. One is to make sure that your lights are aimed carefully. Do not position them in such a way that the light enters the window and shines glaringly inside your home. You can also use shields to make sure that the light is concentrated in the area that you want to keep well-lit. If you do not want your outdoor lights to be too bright or harsh, you should use low voltage lighting that provides a softer and more natural glow.