Saturday, November 22, 2014

5 Types of Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting is the key to accent and depth to your garden. Whether it's for the back or the front yard, lighting is vital in two respects – namely, in your safety and security, and in your garden’s visual appeal.

Landscape lighting entails different types of lighting equipment that serve specific purposes. Look to these five basic categories of landscape lighting, and install as needed to spruce up your outdoor look.

Pathway lights - Pathway lighting serves to illuminate yard and garden paths. They’re typically low-lying lights, placed on or into the ground with an average of one-foot or two-feet stakes. Use these lighting equipment to line the edges of an outdoor path, like your garden walkway, your sidewalk, or your driveway. Some common designs include the “mushroom,” which emits a spread and diffused light. Alternatively, you can also use these lights around your flower beds and perimeter plantings.

In-ground or well lights - Contained in a 4- to 6-inch canister, the lights are typically partially buried into the ground, allowing for an unseen source of illumination to emphasize trees, shrubs, and textured walls and murals in your garden.

Spot and accent lights - Spot and accent lights are often directional, in that the beam of light is angled and focused to illuminate a certain fixture of your yard. Use for a potted plant, a statue, a tree, a birdbath, and other decorative or architectural elements that add a focal point to your outdoor assemblage. These lights should emphasize and add a touch of dramatic flair to your garden.

Deck, step, and brick lights - Used to cast light for safety and security, these lighting equipment are mounted to masonry, decks, and steps to illuminate the way.

Swimming pool and fountain lights - Installed into the sides or at the end of a swimming pool, or at the bottom of a fountain. The lights come in two variants: wet niche fixtures, which are waterproof, and dry niche fixtures, which are installed in an area or compartment without water. These lights typically come in colored variants for decorative purposes.



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