Landscape Lighting 101: How to start your landscape lighting design

 

As a homeowner, you work hard to make the inside of your home reflect your own unique style and personality. Unfortunately, some homeowners focus on their interior design so much so that they neglect the unique opportunities that can come from beautifying the outside of their homes.

A landscape lighting system can highlight the most unique elements of your home’s architecture, all while adding valuable curb appeal, security and even safety. But before you jump head first into selecting the perfect landscape lighting design for your home, it’s important to know exactly what your working with and what you’re looking for in a design.

How Will You Use Your Outdoor Space

Before choosing any outdoor lighting designs, consider how you will be using your outdoor space. Do you plan to illuminate your front walkway and entrance to provide security and safety at night? Or do you intend to light up your back porch to BBQ diner and entertain family and friends? The lighting design you choose will reflect the way you plan to use your space, so be sure you’ve considered all your needs before making a final decision.

To make the planning process easier, consider how you intend to use the following areas of your home after dark:

  • Front entrance
  • Steps
  • Driveway
  • Walkway
  • Patio or porch
  • Backyard
  • Pool
  • Trees
  • Unique architectural elements

Determine Lighting Style

Deciding on the needs of each area of your home will also help you determine what kind of lighting styles to use. If you plan to use lighting for a specific purpose like illuminating an outdoor dining area, you’ll want to use task lighting. If you plan to light up the entire landscape of your home, you’ll want to opt for overall lighting. If you want to illuminate a unique architectural feature on your home, you’ll want to use accent lighting such as spotlights or floodlights. If you have a diverse set of outdoor lighting needs, you may want to use a combination of lighting styles to create complimentary effects.

Set Up Lighting at Night

If you’ll be installing your landscape lighting design on your own, it is always best to position your lights after dark. If you set up your lighting design in the daytime you will not be able to see how the elements of your home – trees, shrubs etc., – act in relation to your lighting design. For example, one of your elements may cast a shadow that disrupts your overall design, or a misplaced fixture shines directly through your living room window.

Contact a Professional

Hiring a professional landscape lighting company can be very valuable for those looking to set up an outdoor lighting system for the first time. Our experienced team at Nite Time Décor Oakville can guide you through your options and help you every step of the way. From helping you explore the many ways to use your outdoor space, to helping you avoid DIY installation disasters, our team is here to make sure you find the landscape lighting design of your dreams. Contact us today to get started!

Four Reasons to Install Landscape Lighting

When it comes to landscape lighting, a lot of people tend to think of the aesthetic value it brings to a home, and rightfully so – as the right design can illuminate the best features of your home while adding curb appeal.

But landscape lighting does more than just give your home a beautiful glow long after the sun’s gone down, it also provides a range of other benefits including security, safety, comfort and utility. Continue reading below to find out just how beneficial a landscape lighting design can be for you.

Security

Illuminating the unique features of your home is one thing, but when it comes to the security of your home and the safety of your loved ones inside of it, nothing else matters. Fortunately landscape lighting helps to secure your home and deter from incidents like criminal and animal activity.

When installing a landscape lighting design that will help provide additional security to your home, it’s important to consider the location of your lighting design, the type of fixtures to use and the control settings that will benefit you most such as programmable timers and motion sensor technology.

Safety

One of the worst feelings is pulling into the driveway late at night and realizing you’ve forgotten to turn your porch light on. With no lighting outside to guide you, you slowly make your way to the door from your driveway, hoping to avoid sidestepping into your garden. Once there, you struggle to find the key you’re looking for. With a landscape lighting design, you no longer need to make that late-night navigation to your doorstep. Instead, programmable time settings and motion sensor technology will keep your driveway, walkway and front entrance illuminated at the exact times you need it the most.

Utility & Comfort

Aside from safety, security and aesthetic value, a landscape lighting design can also go a long way in providing utility and comfort. A beautiful backyard porch or patio is great during the daytime, but if you aren’t able to use it after the sun has set, you are missing out on a valuable living space in your home. This is especially true for smaller homes as an outdoor oasis can open your home up and create additional lounging and entertaining space. What’s more, a landscape lighting design also offers the comfort and relaxation of spending a warm summer evening out under the stars with family and friends.

Get These Benefits With a Professional Lighting Design

An outdoor lighting design offers a wide range of benefits to you and your home, but to get all of them in just one design, we suggest using a professional. Sure – a DIY project may seem fun, but when it comes to creating a safe and secure environment for your home, you’ll want to make sure your design is effective and the system is installed by experienced professionals. Our outdoor lighting experts can work with you to create a design that meets all of your needs. Contact us today to get started!

Keep Bugs Away with Landscape Lighting

 

If you thought your landscape lighting design only helped improve the look of your home, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that your outdoor lighting can do so much more for you.

Without question, installing landscape lighting around your home brings you a lot of aesthetic value and can improve your curb appeal dramatically, but your landscape lighting also triples as both a security element and also a deterrent for bugs.

Even the biggest outdoor enthusiasts can agree that time spent outdoors can be quickly ruined by a pesky swarm of bugs or worse yet, a determined group of mosquitos. Fortunately, landscape lighting can help keep those pesky bugs and insects away.

I’m sure you’ve had at least one experience where you turned on a light outside at night and witnessed a group of bugs swarm towards the light. To avoid this, the solution is as simple as changing the bulbs in your outdoor light fixtures.

On the light spectrum, different colours of light are seen at different wavelengths. Like humans, insects and bugs cannot see the entire spectrum of light. So, the higher the wavelength of the light, the less likely a bug or insect is to detecting the colour.

Warm Colours

Warm light colours such as red, orange and yellow have the highest wavelengths. So naturally, you’ll want to use warm coloured bulbs in your outdoor lighting design in order to deter large swarms of bugs and insects. Yellow compact florescent bulbs, sodium vapour bulbs and halogen bulbs are lighting options that tend to decrease bug and insect activity.

LED Lights

LED lights are another great outdoor lighting option for keeping bugs away, as they emit little to no ultraviolet (UV) light. Insects and bugs are able to detect UV light, so having bulbs that emit no light and no heat will help keep bugs away. When it comes to LED lights, the lower the Kelvin (K) temperature, the more yellow the light will appear.

Be careful when it comes to incorporating large or low quality LED lights into your lighting design, as once the temperature reaches about 6,000 Kelvins, the LED will start to emit a blue tint that bugs and insects will pick up on.

Make Smart Purchases

Knowing which bulbs to use in your outdoor lighting fixtures will go a long way in keeping bugs and insects away from your illuminated outdoor space, but sometimes a good price may be hard to pass up. Just remember when shopping for new bulbs for your landscape lighting design that the cheapest option may not always be the best one. That’s not to say you can’t find reasonably priced warm-coloured bulbs and LED lights, but it’s important to think about how the lights you purchase will contribute to, or take away from, the overall look of your outdoor space.

When it comes to bugs and insects, there is no way to keep them away 100 per cent of the time. If one insect picks up on a light, others tend to follow in the same direction. But taking steps to minimize bug presence will certainly get you closer to having a less bugs in your outdoor space. For more information on outdoor lighting design and how to use the right bulbs in your outdoor space, contact one of our lighting design experts today!

DIY Disasters: Common Outdoor Lighting Mistakes to Avoid

Spring is the perfect time to get outside and start setting up your outdoor space. For a lot of homeowners, this set up process usually involves a crafty DIY project that is sure to impress all your summer guests.

While DIY projects are a great outlet for creativity, they don’t always turn out the way you imagine they will. This is especially true when it comes to DIY outdoor lighting projects. When creating your own lighting design and installing it yourself, it’s important to know what will work and what will not work before spending large amounts of time and money. To help you avoid any DIY disasters this spring, we’ve compiled a list of the most common outdoor lighting mistakes.

Poor Placement

The purpose of an outdoor lighting design is to illuminate all the best features of your home long after the sun’s gone down. Unfortunately, poor fixture placement can completely take away from your home’s unique architecture.

At Nite Time Décor, our outdoor lighting experts carefully measure the distance between fixtures and place them in a way that creates a subtle and even appearance.

Low-Powered Lights

You may have created the perfect outdoor lighting design, measured it out diligently and perhaps even placed all the fixtures in the right places, but installing low-powered lights can cause any great design to fall flat.

With low-powered lights, the spread of your lights will be too weak to illuminate a large area, or the beam may only be able to light up a small portion of the object your trying to highlight.

To avoid low-powered lights, stay away from the cheap, low quality battery and solar-powered lights. Saving a buck or two may feel better on your wallet up front, but it will certainly cost you in the long run when you realize your outdoor lighting design is actually hurting your curb appeal.

Lighting Glare

Nothing is worse than installing an outdoor lighting design only to realize that it creates a cringe-worthy glare. Lighting glare can occur when fixtures are not placed properly, when you’re using the wrong fixtures or bulbs, or your lights and fixtures are not angled properly.

To avoid spending days using the trial and error method to avoid lighting glare, it’s best to have a professional outdoor lighting company like Nite Time Décor install your lighting design. Our experts know exactly what fixtures and bulbs to use, and how to angle them so they create the perfect lighting effect for your home.

Avoid Mistakes, Call Nite Time Décor

While a great outdoor lighting design can highlight your home’s unique architectural features and increase curb appeal, it can also provide and element of safety and security. So why leave something so versatile and important in the hands of anyone but a professional?

Our experienced team at Nite Time Decor will work with you to create the lighting design of your dreams, and handle every part of the installation process, so you can spend less time labouring over your lights and more time relaxing underneath them this season. Come see us today or call one of our lighting design experts, to get started on your next outdoor lighting project.