Outdoor Lighting – Landscape Lighting
It is never a bad idea to keep your garden lit, regardless if it is a quiet night or a party night. Landscape lighting is often employed in the process as it is the main provider of outdoor illumination, be it a private backyard or public park. In general, landscape lighting not only heightens our aesthetic pleasure but also ensures a certain level of security, so that outdoor areas continued to be accessible and safe for activities at all times of the day.
Landscape lighting can be seen as the extension of indoor lighting as it began in the 19th century when the use of gas lights to brighten up indoor areas became popular. Electric light eventually took over in the 20th century and currently, landscape lightings can be powered by electricity or solar energy. Choices of landscape and outdoor lighting are extremely varied, depending on the designs, structures, and atmosphere one wishes to create.
In most cases, landscape lightings consist of a power source and switches targeting different lights. Often, landscape lights are mounted onto walls, trees, or found along with steps and pathways. It is recommended that while designing the layout of the garden, one should also consider the placements of the lightings; since most lamps are readily utilized on treetops, garden ornaments, or architectural plants.
Landscape lighting tends to be of a lower voltage and is also available in warmer colors like yellow or orange, so as to create the right ambiance while not consume too much electricity at the same time.
It is difficult not to mention the role of water in the use of landscape lighting. Be it a pond, fountain, or stream flowing within a garden or a public square, lighting enhances the appearance of water or vice versa. However, installation of lights within the water can be tricky. For example, if lights are coming too close to one another, the effect may be too overwhelming while too scarce will defeat the purpose of lighting up the water area.
Ideally, a water fountain will need at least two light sources – a bright and a dim, to create a standout 3D effect. On the other hand, the types of lights for the pond will depend on the kinds of plants surrounding it. If mature bushes are found near the pond, lightings will have to be found on these trees too, so as to create a shadowy effect, not only showing off the water but the landscape too. If ornamental trees or statues are found near the pond, there is a need for uplighting so that a mirror effect can be created, while submersible lights can be used if fish are found inside the pond.
Landscape lighting and pond can surrender a large room for one to play within, hence always consult a professional landscape designer while you are on your way to revamp your own little space.
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