Creative Ways to Use Exterior Lighting to Brighten Up Your Garden
Now that your patio lighting is in great shape, it's time to tackle your garden! You spend so much time in the outdoors in the summer that you want your entire backyard to welcome guests and family alike. Did you know that different shades of light can cause your gorgeous green plants to look a sickly yellow? No one wants that to happen, so keep reading to get insider tips on defining your garden space with layers of light and how we can help supply your lighting during our big sale.
It's important to look at your space and make a plan before you start adding lights. Random lighting can be worse than no lighting at all, so keep in mind the location of various parts of your garden such as any sculptures or water features that you'll want to highlight. This is where a professional lighting technician can add value to your project. Professionals understand how different light sources can be utilized together to create cohesive light layers that invite others into the space. It's also important to determine where to place light switches. Consider putting a second set of switches near the garage where many people enter their homes.
Path to Perfection
The last thing you want with path lighting in your backyard is to create the "good little soldier" look, with rigidly-spaced lights marching along the side of your path. Instead, look for ways to soften the look by adding offset or ground lighting that draws the eye to the next steps of the path. Mix and match different lighting styles to create a more natural lighting scheme that will enhance the overall view for your family and guests. Fewer lights are generally better, and Zen-focused lighting can help you avoid the feeling that you're heading down an airport runway, instead of enjoying a stroll through a lovely garden space.
The ravages of the great outdoors can be tough on lighting and wiring, so be sure to check anything you've had up through the winter. This includes looking for burned-out bulbs, ensuring that none of the lights have been knocked off-skew by growing plants and that all wiring is in acceptable condition and hasn't been chewed by small creatures.
DIY Lighting Options
Rope lights can create a dramatic pathway or accent a single striking space, such as the accent against a stone wall. Rope lights can even transform your deck when you add them under a railing to light up your space. They're proof that you don't have to spend hundreds in order to create a DIY accent that you'll love! Use simple garden staples to hold them in place in the ground or screw in clips to attach them to decking.
Create the backyard of your dreams with lighting options from Northern Lighting! Our friendly lighting experts understand how to create layers of light that will showcase your space. Make sure to visit us during our Big Sale on Exterior Lighting through the end of July to receive at least 10% off individual lighting selections.