It’s no secret that we often want our homes to look as great as possible during the day. But what most people tend to overlook is how their homes look at night. Most typical houses are almost completely dark save for a small light by the door.
If you’ve spent time investing in the look and appearance of your home, you should want your home to shine (no pun intended) at night, as well. Through the use of landscape lighting, you can bring your home into a new light (again, no pun intended) and create an atmosphere that just isn’t there during the day.
When it comes to landscape lighting, the first thing you need to do is create a plan for your lighting. The best method is to grab a flashlight that has a spotlight and floodlight feature. With this flashlight, you can walk around your property and shine the light in areas you want to illuminate. You can adjust the light so you can get a better idea of what type of light will look best.
Once you’ve decided on the lighting locations, you want to draw a quick overhead view of your yard. With this plan, you should map out the locations of your lights and what kind of lights you are going to install. With your plan in hand, it’s time to head out to your local home and garden store.
While at your home and garden store, you want to decide what kind of lighting you are going to install. For most homes, it’s going to come down to either solar or low voltage lighting.
- Solar lighting is easy to install and does not require any external power source. Typically, you insert the light, turn it on (if needed), and let it do its thing. It will store solar power and illuminate at dusk. The drawback to solar lights is that they aren’t going to be the brightest lights, but they are perfect for accents or decoration.
- Low voltage lighting requires a bit more work, but it provides brighter light and can be controlled from a switch or power pack to allow you to decide when they turn on and off. There is a bit of digging to run the power cables, but not so much that you shouldn’t be able to take care of it within a few hours (depending on the size of your project, of course).
Once you have your lights, it’s time to go home and get ready to install them.
With solar lights, there may be minimal assembly to get your lights ready. Once assembled, you can often just spike them into the ground and walk away. Job well done.
With low voltage lighting, as noted before, there is a little more work involved. Watch the video below for some good instruction on installing your landscape lighting
One thing to keep in mind during your installation is that you may want to leave a little slack on the cabling and not set your lighting in place until you get a chance to view the finished product at night. You may want to move a light or direct it elsewhere, and if you’ve already buried the cabling or set the light in place, you are only adding to your work.
Of course, if you have a much bigger yard or area you want illuminated, you can always hire a company to install your lighting for you such as this company that specializes in outdoor landscape lighting in San Antonio or this company that offers luxury landscape lighting in Houston.
At the end of the day (again, no pun intended), you can have your home looking spectacular day and night. With a great lighting design, you, your friends, and your family will be sure to love your yard.