One of the hottest trends in outdoor lighting design is the idea of painting with light. What do we mean by that? Painters use a variety of techniques to create a really dynamic painting usually. They employ colour, light, shadow, depth, and texture to add nuance and subtlety. Your landscape lighting can incorporate all those tools when creating a unique-to-you design.
A great landscape already has a lot of great texture, depth, colour, light and shadows. Your landscape lighting should enhance and highlight the features already present, but at the same you can create moods as well. Looking for a romantic weekday getaway? How about an inviting area for your teens or guests? The experts at Nite Time Décor can help.
There was a time when flood lights and some bright lanterns on a fence were considered thoughtful landscape lighting. With the growing affordability of LED lighting, the flexibility and colours available are almost endless. LED lighting allows landscape lighting designers to incorporate a lot of artistry. Also, by varying the placement, wattage, and angle of light sources designers can cast light and shadow to add depth or highlight texture in new ways that weren’t possible before.
The trend in landscape lighting artistry is to conceal the source of the light. The aim is to mimic natural light and reduce light pollution as much as possible. Homeowners are looking for unobtrusive lighting. This may be achieved by placing pathway lighting in the adjacent flower garden to highlight the unique features of flowers and greenery as well as provide safety for the walkway for instance.
Homeowners are increasingly extending their living space outside with outdoor kitchens and sitting areas. Smaller accent lighting and task lighting is preferred for these spaces rather than large single sources of light. Adding lights to columns, under benches or railings, or even under water are all popular. With LED lighting homeowners are also able to choose different colours if they wish.
Tips For Artistic Landscape Lighting Design
Blending – Designers strive to have the eyes travel from one zone to another without glare or underlighting safety areas. Instead of spotlights spread around the yard with gaping shadows in between, designers strive to have more subtle light that incorporates shadows and texture and depth, while still leaving room for focal points and accent lighting.
Depth – There are a variety of ways to place light sources around or in features to give depth to your night landscape. Adding lights to moving features such as waterfalls or trees swaying in the wind is a great way to add interest and depth.
Focal point – The objects or features in your landscape that draw the eye during the day shouldn’t be lost or obscured at night either. Whether this is a statue, column, pond, gazebo, arbor, or fountain, using well-placed accent lighting can really bring these features to life. Even a fence with great texture or colour can serve as an interesting backdrop.
Balance – Sometimes balance is simply symmetry, but it also incorporates the idea of consistency and proportion to your landscape lighting plans.
Safety – Don’t compromise on safety. Great design will incorporate those areas that require lighting to provide safety or security to your home and guests.
We’d love to answer your outdoor lighting questions or help you design a truly unique lighting design for your home or business. Contact our lighting experts at Nite Time Décor Oakville to learn more about our lighting services or view our gallery of one-of-a-kind designs.
Solar lighting is popular because it won’t increase your hydro bill and is usually easy to install and move. Solar lights are available in a variety of options from small pathway lights to wall-mounted lamps and security lights. But not all solar lights are created equal. You really do get what you pay for. The solar lights purchased from a discount chain store will perform differently than the high-end lights installed by our experts at Nite Time Décor.
There are some important factors to consider when choosing solar lighting for your outdoor lighting design.
How Solar Lights Work
Solar lights use solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity. The electricity is stored in a battery within the light. All the normal rules to prolonging the life of a batter will apply. If the battery isn’t fully charged, the light will be dimmer or run for a shorter amount of time. A battery that is consistently under-charged will wear out faster.
Placement Is Important
This really can’t be emphasized enough. Solar lighting is only as bright and reliable as the sunlight powering it. If you live in a climate that receives rain four or five days a week, as an extreme example, then solar lights might not be the best choice. If you want solar lights along a pathway that’s in shade most of the time, you might be disappointed. Please account for these variables in your design.
There are some solar lights units that come with the solar cells separate from the light itself, so only the solar cell needs to be in full sun, the light does not. This may be an option if you are really set on solar lights in shaded parts of your landscape.
How Do You Need The Light To Function?
When choosing a solar light, consider where and how the light will be used. You can work around lights placed in the shade by purchasing a unit with a separate solar cell. Solar lighting for aesthetic purposes will not need to shine as brightly as security lighting for instance. If a guest misses that plant you really love is not as important as illuminating the stairs or the pool deck for instance.
Read The Manufacturer’s Specifications
Solar cells are designed to receive a specific amount of sun to produce enough electricity to power the light for the stated period of time. If the solar cells don’t receive the amount of sun they will not perform as stated. This could include the realities of the climate or location you want the lights to work in. This could also be affected by plants growing to obstruct the solar cell or even bird droppings.
Another consideration is to check if replacement bulbs or batteries are available from the manufacturer. When choosing a light unit, consider how long the manufacturer reasonably expects it to last under normal use.
Expect Seasonal Differences
Solar lights are generally less efficient in winter due to limited sunshine. Design and placement of the solar cells for winter lighting should be considered. Expect solar lights to perform 30%-50% less efficiently in winter than in the summer months. And make sure the solar lights you use are rated for all season usage.
Let the outdoor lighting experts at Nite Time Décor in Oakville shine a light on your landscape. Contact us today to help you plan a dynamic lighting display for your home or business.