lighting is a fun and easy way to give a new look and feel to the
outside of your home or business in the evening hours. By following
some of these tips, you will see for yourself how doing these things
can make you happier and fall in love even more with your lighting.
• Always conceal the light source when garden lighting. You
can do this either with a glare guard on the luminaries or by tucking
it behind a shrub, a large branch, a wall, or a rock. In an ideal
situation, you would like to be ale to see where the outdoor light
• You should avoid putting lights in places that have tall
grass or bushy shrubs. The beam of light really needs an unimpeded
passage that goes from the fixture all the way to the focal point
so that there are no distracting spots of reflected light. However,
if you are going for a different mood of a more shadowy or a dimmer
light, you should do the exact opposite.
• When you are talking about outdoor lights, don't over light.
In this case, less really is more. Extremely bright lighting often
gives a garish, theatrical look. Too much light can also make it harder
to create a mood in the area. This is especially true because people
likely constantly have to squint just to see each other and not go
blind from the lights.
• One of the fun things that you can do is to experiment with
backlighting. For example, lighting trees that are in the background
of a forested area ends up creating silhouettes in the foreground
of the area. The same holds true for a lit up hedge behind a shrub
• Don't try to illuminate every single surface when working
with lighting. Shadows are your friend and can work to define lighted
• You certainly can create a different look with the lights
you use at night opposed to the light the sun gives in the day. The
night view will actually often be much more dramatic than the day
view that is provided by the sun.
• You should attempt to take advantage of the many beam angles,
frosted lenses and mounts available so that you can adjust your lighting
to best accentuate the beauty of your garden.
• If you want to seriously make some nice lighting changes,
use the best kind of lights that your budget will allow for. This
is an especially good idea if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors
using your lights.
• When you light the deck, you should pay particular attention
to where people tend to sit and try to avoid producing a glare. As
with deck lights and other garden lights the light source certainly
needs to be positioned so that you are not looking directly at the
luminaries. This is not only annoying, but also could be damaging
to your health.
• Driveway lighting should perform two roles. First it should
offer safe access for pedestrians. Secondly, at the same time it needs
to light the driveway for vehicles. Either lampposts or small post
lights provide an excellent solution and alternative to bigger lights