How to Illuminate Your Home with Landscape Lighting

Homeowners use landscape lighting to illuminate homes and garden areas for a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s used for security to remove dark areas where intruders could hide. Often it is done to create a soft and pleasant feel or romantic mood to your home and surrounding areas. It can be used to identify pathways, set boundaries and highlight features such as water fountains, ponds or architectural designs. Whatever reason you require landscape lighting contact your local electrician in Currumbin to ensure it’s installed safely and legally.

In order to decide what types of landscape lighting you’ll need, you need to consider the effect you wish to create and lighting purposes. Sketch out a map of your property showing all its features such as buildings, pathways, drives, outdoor seating, gardens, bushes, trees and other vegetation. You should estimate the height of each feature and note whether it is likely to absorb or reflect light.

Placing your landscape lighting

There are a variety of different types of landscape lighting options, some people use high powered bulbs that need to be wired in permanently and must be installed by a licensed and qualified electrician. Your electrician can advise you on the most cost effective lighting available and the different types including solar and 220 volt mains wired options.

Using solar powered lighting has several advantages, it can easily be moved as your requirements change and vegetation grows. As solar lights rely on sunlight to operate, they must be placed in an area where the sun’s rays can reach them enough to charge them daily or be connected to a solar panel.

If you wish to illuminate a specific feature then you need to match the type of lighting to it. A good example is using a pole and an old fashioned lamp type light to highlight a park seat along a garden path. Often using soft lights under bushes and shrubs can provide a warm glow while highlighting a pathway so it’s easy to follow and anyone using it will be seen.

Use small, low wattage lights spaced evenly along each side of the pathway to provide soft spot lighting for safety and comfort as well as creating a pleasant visual effect. Using blue tinted light helps to create a moonlight effect which often appears more natural.

Highlighting a single object or scene such as a water feature, a statue, gate or archway can benefit from using spotlights as architectural designs that give your home character and charm. Usually, having a series of lights aimed from different directions and angles with lower intensity bulbs will avoid the harsh shadow effect often found with single spotlights.

The most expensive type of outdoor lighting is a 220 volt mains power system which must be installed by a qualified electrician in Currumbin.

A 12 volt system requires a transformer, while solar systems care often cheaper to install and are free to operate.

Landscape lighting around your home can help to provide security from intruders at the same time as welcoming friends and guests because of the warm friendly atmosphere it helps to create. Your local electrician in Currumbin is experienced with installing all types of lighting so call them for friendly advice and a quote.