The Do’s And Don’ts of Installing An Outdoor Lighting System

One of the goals of adding outdoor lighting to your home landscape is to create a feeling of continuity between your home and your yard. Other purposes to be accomplished include:

  • Increasing the safety of people in your yard and the security of your home
  • Lengthening the amount of time you can spend in your yard
  • highlighting special architectural and design features on your property
  • Increasing the property value of your home.

In order to achieve these goals, follow some tips from the outdoor lighting experts at NightVision Outdoor Lighting.

Planning For Minimal Maintenance and Cost

You’ll want your lighting to achieve the goals that you established. As you work to achieve those goals, however, plan how you can get the results you want while also keeping your mind on how well the lights will be able to run according to that plan.

Consulting A Professional For Electricity Needs

Different light fixtures will have separate voltage requirements, so you may end up installing multiple transformers. You also want to be sure that your system is being set up with high quality wiring, connections, and fixtures.

Designing A Flexible Outdoor Lighting System

An outdoor lighting system is actually made up of several smaller systems. The separate types of lights and the different areas of your yard will have their own needs.

As you recognize how those different areas will interact with and affect other areas, you can also be aware that this separateness will allow you more control over when and where lights are set to turn on and off.

Outdoor Safety Lighting

Your outdoor lighting system can offer a great deal of increased safety. You can include brick lights in your steps, walkway lights along the paths, or overhead motion detecting lights to deter criminals.

Adding a porch light or using deck lights around a pool or play area, you can make your yard a safer place for your family and everyone who comes to visit.


Creative Planning

It can be simple to line the driveway with lights or to place a spotlight under every tree. However, by adding a spark of creativity to your planning, you can add a great deal of aesthetic value. Carefully thought out lighting systems can increase the value of your property as well as please viewers. You may want to consider adding fancifully shaped lights or use lights in unconventional ways.

Outdoor Lighting For Plants And Guests

If you plan to have evening barbecues, you’ll probably want to include some lighting over the grill. If the majority of nighttime use will come from children playing, then lights placed lower may be most appropriate. You should also consider the effect of lights on the plant life.

Sometimes landscape lighting can disrupt the growth patterns of the plants. When this is the case, you’ll want to plan your lighting system to have the smallest impact possible on the plant life.