Our ‘patio season’ here in Philadelphia is far too short. Enjoy your patio for longer this summer by adding landscape lighting and encouraging your family’s outdoor time to last past sundown. As an added bonus to creating a more beautiful nighttime entertainment area, outdoor lighting can also improve the safety of outdoor spaces at night—especially for young children and the elderly.
Outdoor Lighting for Pools, Patios, and Walkways
Here are some things to consider when designing a landscape lighting concept:
Before you purchase your lighting, consider which areas will have lighting installed. Common areas include around gardens, pools (including in-pool lighting and pool landscape areas), walkways, and decks.
There are a number of fixture types to choose from—each of which will offer a different lighting concept and overall appearance. Fixture types include lampposts, lanterns, path lighting, floodlights, spotlights, deck lights, and porch lights.
An important element to consider is the power source, especially as it relates to your layout. For example, solar powered garden lights are popular in yards, as they can be placed anywhere, regardless of power source. Lights that must be plugged into electricity need to be close to a power source, or you will need to use power extensions (which can be unsightly). Another option for light fixtures that are not located near a power source are battery powered, rechargeable, propane, and natural gas powered lights. Fire-based flames are another option, however safety can be an issue.
When selecting your lights, consider how bright you want them to be, as you’ll need to choose the lighting type and wattage accordingly. Brighter lights offer better safety, but softer lighting can create a more attractive outdoor lighting concept.
Location, Use, and Fixtures
To help you decide what outdoor lighting to use, where you’ll put it, and which fixtures you’ll use, here is a basic guide:
1. Spot Lighting
Spot lighting is commonly used for walkways, patios, swimming pools, gardens, and decks, in varying brightness depending on the type of lighting concept you want to create. Fixtures for spot lighting include porch lights, deck lights, lampposts, and spotlights.
2. Security Lighting
Lighting designed specifically with security in mind is usually motion-activated lighting for porches, yards, and garage areas. It often uses floodlights, spotlights, and porch lights.
3. Decorative Lighting
Decorative lighting can be used almost anywhere, and has a long list of features. It is typically used for ‘mood lighting’ and not necessarily for security or safety, and is commonly placed around yard architecture like walkways, gardens, and pools.
How to Begin
Yard and landscape lighting—and yard and swimming pool landscape in general—can be complex. To achieve a professional look, considering calling Blue Tree Landscaping for assistance. Our low-cost, high-value services can perfectly highlight and add to the beauty of your existing landscape.
We’re here to help.