outdoor living

Light the Way

Your garden deserves to be appreciated long after the sun has set, and landscape lighting can help illuminate intricate garden detail, while strategically guiding foot traffic and ensuring safety. With an elegantly lit garden, you can enjoy an evening stroll to unwind from a hectic day and stop to smell the roses.

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Set the mood for your outdoor retreat by determining the features that best reflect your style. A soft yellow glow from a hanging walk light can create an air of romance and enchantment; while a brighter white ray from a torchiere-style light effects a bolder statement. In addition, mission-style and Asian-influenced designs strike a crisp, clean contemporary feel and the coach-lantern style inspires traditional comfort.

Set the mood for your outdoor retreat by determining the features that best reflect your style. A soft yellow glow from a hanging walk light can create an air of romance and enchantment; while a brighter white ray from a torchiere-style light effects a bolder statement. In addition, mission-style and Asian-influenced designs strike a crisp, clean contemporary feel and the coach-lantern style inspires traditional comfort.

light the wayPathway lighting ensures safe footing in the garden as well as around the pool. These decorative lights are perfect for highlighting nighttime bloomers. Flowers such as evening primrose, moonfIower, and evening stock bloom in the evening and release an aromatic fragrance to indulge the senses.

Pathway lighting is available in low-voltage and solar-powered models; both are energy-efficient and easy to install. Low-voltage units use a mere 12 volts of electrical current (equivalent to the amount of electricity required to run a car battery) and include a convenient built-in timer that will power on regardless of weather conditions. Solar-powered units collect sunlight in photovoltaic cells which is then converted into electricity for powering the light after dark; cells need to be charged for eight to ten hours for optimal results.

light the way

Spot lights and flood lights are ideal for accentuating the finest points of your garden. Three of the most common techniques are: up lighting, down lighting and shadow lighting. For up lighting, fixtures are mounted in the ground and accent specific plants or accessories in your garden. For down lighting, fixtures are mounted above the landscape and highlight larger areas of the garden. For shadow lighting, fixtures are mounted in the ground and typically aimed at a tree, shrub or plant to create a silhouette display. These line-voltage (hard-wired) models use 120-volt electrical current and should be installed by an electrician.

Whether you're incorporating pathway lighting only or spot and flood lighting also, illuminating your garden will add welcomed security and pizzazz to your outdoor space.