Owner of , Lindsey Rodericks, takes us through what to do, and what to avoid when it comes to your landscape lighting installation in Atlanta.
Landscape lighting, if done right, can subtly set the mood of a garden by using light to highlight features and working with shadows to create texture. Outdoor lighting also performs an additional important job, that of increasing the security of your property. Lindsey, with many years as owner of Southern Landscape Lighting Systems, Atlanta,GA has enough wisdom on the subject to fill a book, and she shares four of the most important things that you should do with your landscape lighting, as well as some things to avoid.
Do Use LED Lights
New LED lighting is between 60% and 70% more energy efficient than traditional halogen bulbs, and they can last ten years or more. LED technology is still evolving, and LED lights are now available in a range of different hues so that you can create the same effect as the soft white light of halogen bulbs.
Do Use Enough Fixtures
It may be tempting to save money by installing fewer fixtures but making them brighter. This ruins the effect of outdoor lighting as you will have patches of extreme light and extreme shadow. If you have budget constraints, rather focus on lighting the important areas of your exterior – such as patios, walkways, and entrances.
Do Vary the Fixtures Throughout Your Garden
By varying the intensity of the beams in a garden, it is possible to create a sense of depth and texture to the area.
Do Highlight Landscaping Features Correctly
It’s a mistake to only use one light to illuminate features that you want to highlight in your garden such as statues and water features. A single light will create harsh shadows and wash the feature out; this can be avoided by using two lights spaced correctly with low to medium bulb intensities.
Don’t Use Solar Lights
Solar lights produce very little light and are not reliable because they are weather dependent, and the lifespan of solar lights tends to be a lot shorter. For people looking to make environmentally conscious decisions, LED landscape lighting is an energy efficient alternative.
Don’t Treat Pathways and Stairs the Same
Pathways are a flat surface that won’t create awkward shadows whereas stairs immediately create shadows even if there is only a small amount of light on them. Lighting up a staircase by placing a single light at the top will make the bottom stairs difficult to see, but this set up could work effectively for a pathway. Stairs need a single light on each level (if the stairs are narrow), however for wider staircases, it may be necessary to place multiple lights on each rung.
Southern Landscape Lighting Systems has been servicing the Atlanta for many years, providing expert advice, high levels of customer service and expert landscape lighting services. The company specializes in landscape lighting design with free daytime consultations, as well as offering landscape lighting installation and service. The team focuses on quality workmanship and only uses the best quality products. They pride themselves on offering superior after-sales service to keep their client’s systems operating optimally.