Outdoor Lighting Hacks for the Summer

Friday, April 21st, 2017 by Danny Peterson

Your backyard, patio, or front yard can turn into the space family and friends gather around to enjoy the summer, or a more private space for you to relax and unwind. If you want to keep the fun or relaxation going when it starts to get dark, there are steps you can take to illuminate your outdoor space quickly and cost-effectively. First, before you invest in any landscape lighting, ask yourself what purpose you aim to address. Do you want to create a soft and romantic mood during the evening hours? Would you like to have a bench? Maybe there is a shadowy garden area you need to illuminate for security reasons. Whatever the need may be, you can follow these tips.

First, make a sketch of your yard that includes existing lights, landscaping, buildings, benches, trees, and the like. Realize that each of these items will either reflect light or absorb it. Next, decide where lighting should go. For softer lighting, think about placing a light under a bush or a shrub. If you rather have more direct, security-focused lighting, consider mounting lights on poles to provide adequate coverage.

Then, determine your budget. The most expensive lighting is high-voltage landscape lighting—and you need an electrical contractor to install this. Lower voltage lighting can be DIY, but I do not recommend this unless you know what you are doing. The most cost effective option will be solar lighting—and you can install this, as well as modify it, yourself.

Keep these steps in mind when deciding on how you want to illuminate your outdoor space, whether it’s for landscape design or security reasons – and remember: is always ready to help you complete your home projects! Call us to schedule a free, no obligation appointment for an estimate on your outdoor lighting project at 410-721-9577.

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