As with any element of the design of your home, proper outdoor lighting should be done correctly in order to get the full effect. To give you an example of what this means, think of your home when it was new, with barren, empty rooms. When you begin finishing out your bare room you would first choose a color scheme and adorn the walls with a medium of that color. Then you would place the rugs and furniture. Following the furniture you would add decorative accessories such as wall decor, pictures, pillows, and lamps. Take all these elements into play and you get a complete and well-appointed room, each element compliments one another to make it a room. Now take that same principle into consideration when choosing your outdoor lighting design. Landscape lighting, architectural lighting, facade lighting and path lighting all play off one another in order to create the full effect of outdoor lighting. If your home and landscape does not contain the right amount of each to properly illuminate and complement your home and surroundings then the installation doesn’t appear to be finished and will not give you the same aesthetic appeal of that as one that is professionally designed and installed.
It is important to take a really hard look at your home and grounds surrounding your home before you decide to hire a professional lighting designer. Your home is the single most important, and costly, investment you can make in your life. As a proactive homeowner getting an idea of the flow of your property, and how one area affects another, will help you effectively communicate your thoughts to your outdoor lighting specialist. In order for you to be able to convey your wants and desires when you discuss your outdoor lighting at your consultation with your lighting specialist, it is important to learn some simple elemental terms used to describe different facets of outdoor lighting.
Landscape lighting refers to lighting that is designed to accentuate your homes unique landscape. You may have specific plantings and specimens planted within your landscape that are endearing to you and desire they be lit to enjoy their beauty and appeal long into the evening, as you do in the day. Landscape lighting can also include tree lighting. Our staff readily installs tree lighting by the use of up lighting as well as down lighting to create tree lighting that is hauntingly beautiful. When considering lighting a tree within your landscape it is important to choose a good candidate. Trees that are bushy or have crowded limbs or foliage do not illuminate as well as those with more spaced branching and less foliage. Using the right formula for tree lighting is different for each tree. Keep in mind that what may prove effective and aesthetically appealing for one species of tree, may not be what works for another. Landscape lighting and garden lighting can also be used to light borders surrounding planting beds, along fences and retaining walls, and at the base of many outdoor structures to add beauty and ambiance.
Path lighting can be used for safety’s sake as well as to please the eye. With Halloween just two short weeks away, could you imagine the trick-or-treaters meandering their way to your door with their satchels up a pitch dark walkway? A poorly lit entry is not only dangerous it is boring. Your home’s entrance should be that of one to welcome your guests with open arms. Path lighting is not strictly used at entrances. Path lighting can be used within the landscape to aid in safe travel and to make the surrounding area around your path more beautiful. We use path lighting in areas between outdoor structures so you may travel effortlessly from one to another during the evening hours, such as your homes pool, detached porches and much more.
Architectural and Facade Lighting
A home that is beautiful during the day is even more so under the spell of outdoor lighting. Architectural lighting refers to the lights that are placed carefully to accentuate prime design features of your home such as dormers, eaves and other unique architectural details. Facade lighting is the type of lighting used to accentuate the width and height of your home and all its unique dimensions. Carefully placed facade lighting can make your home even appear larger, wider and taller in some cases. Professional facade lighting works with and compliments the lines of your home to achieve the most positive effects. Architectural lighting and facade lighting work together as one to promote the uniqueness and individual beauty of your home as well as to create a safer home less likely to fall prey to crime. Don’t forget your outdoor living structures either. Patios, porches, decks, pools and water features and the like benefit greatly from the addition of outdoor lighting.
As a whole, these different genres of outdoor lighting work in unison to give you the full effect of outdoor lighting. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio has been creating mesmerizing outdoor lighting designs and applications in the San Antonio area for quite a while. Outdoor lighting is all we do, and we are good at what we do. We can meet with you to discuss an outdoor lighting design that will enhance your home completely. We can create a design that incorporates landscape and path lighting as well as architectural and facade lighting, because after all, you can’t play the game without the full deck of cards.