Landscape lighting can be tricky, as it requires using an appropriate amount of light in the proper placement to draw attention to certain elements of a landscape in an appealing manner. Exterior lighting techniques such as silhouetting, highlighting and shadowing use outdoor lighting in creative ways to highlight particular landscape objects and create visual patterns. Using these techniques requires the proper exterior lighting plan and testing out different layouts. When properly set up, exterior lighting can turn a landscape into a work of art that shows off its best elements after the sun goes down.
Exterior lighting techniques can create a unique and vivid nighttime scene for any landscape when used appropriately. There are a wide range of techniques that can be used to bring out the best features of a landscape. Each landscape is a unique canvas to experiment with exterior lighting techniques such as spread lighting, moon lighting, grazing and others. Everything can be adjusted in an exterior lighting scheme including the fixtures and lighting angles to create a unique theme.
In terms of landscaping, hardscape versus softscape refers to the types of materials used and differences in exterior lighting. In hardscape landscaping the materials are rock, stone, pagodas and other harder materials, and in softscape landscaping the materials include plants, grass, flowers, shrubs, and soil. Exterior lighting for hardscape elements is usually adjusted less often than softscape elements. Hardscape landscaping involves creating an area with a desired shape and foundation, and the hardscape elements typically stay the same for many years and are less frequently adjusted. Softscape landscaping elements are regularly adjusted and are typically adjusted at least annually and sometimes more often.
They are more efficient at producing light than standard incandescent lights and last much longer. LED lights can last up to 100,000 hours or more, which is four times longer than high quality standard lights, and twice as long as fluorescent lights.
Exterior lighting issues differ from interior lighting. For instance, reflection is not a major concern for exterior lighting since surfaces do not reflect light too well and are mostly dark. However, one of the biggest concerns for exterior lighting and is considered important is shielding and position in order to avoid that glaring effect.
Outdoor lighting can add drama to your landscape and draws attention to the best features of your landscape. Outdoor lighting can be installed by the Phoenix professionals at Innovative Lighting & Design, INC, and there are a number of different options that you can use for your outdoor lighting scheme such as wall lights, up and down lights, flood lights and more.
Utilizing Accent Lighting
Accent lighting is one form of outdoor lighting that is effective at creating a theatrical and dramatic look to your landscape. Accent lighting involves using up or down lighting in a specific angle to point out an architectural feature. There are a number of angling methods that can be used to create beauty and a dramatic look with outdoor accent lighting. For instance, a narrow beam directed at the foot of a statue can create a glowing aura at night.