A well planned and executed outdoor lighting design is one that has dimension and creates visual interest. In order to do this, we need to consider layering different types of lights which helps to capture the interest of the viewer. A good design does more than just light up the pathways or some random trees and gardens, it is a cohesive design that connects each element of your property seamlessly into a pleasing scene.
Outdoor lighting can be for practical reasons, lighting up spaces that will be used by you and your guests; it can be for security reasons, illuminating spaces where potential intruders may try to hide; or it can be for aesthetic reasons, showing off architectural features, gardens or other ornamental features. The key to a great design is combining all of these purposes into a layered approach that draws the viewer in and captures their interest. As a general guideline we have broken down lighting into three types of lighting for consideration as you consider the lighting plan for your outdoor spaces.
The Basics – Ambient Lighting
To begin, the first layer of your lighting design is the ambient lighting. This lighting should be enough for a comfortable level of light in your outdoor space. Overhead or wall lights that provide good spatial lighting are key for this layer. The focus is not on lighting specific spaces or features, but overall space lighting. This layer of lighting is the general layer of lighting and provides overall lighting for the spaces.
Practicality – Task Lighting
The next consideration is more specific and functional. Task lighting is lighting that is intended to help you or your guests with specific activities. This layer can include things like walkway lights, security lights, cooking area lights, or any other task specific lights. This is the practical layer in your lighting design, helping to improve with safety and security for you, your guests and your property.
Setting The Mood – Accent Lighting
The final layer for consideration is the accent lighting. Accent lighting is the finishing touch on your landscape lighting. Accent lights are the decorative lights that give your outdoor space some personality. This is where you can get creative with fixtures and lighting styles. This layer of lighting helps to set the mood for your outdoor space.
Each of these layers adds to the overall effect of your outdoor lighting design. While each type of lighting could be used independently of one another, a good design will incorporate elements from each layer into one cohesive design.
If you are considering developing a plan for your outdoor lighting why not contact Nite Time Décor Oakville? Even if you already have some pieces, we can help you combine what you already have with some new elements to create a visually intriguing lighting plan that will be functional and beautiful. Our design team has the experience and knowledge to help you create a visual masterpiece that you can be proud of. Contact us today to get started!