Thinking up a few good landscape lighting ideas may be a bit challenging for some people. However, it need not be that hard, and it can actually be a pleasant if not fun experience. These 7 easy tips will show you how to use your creative imagination to easily come up with your own great lighting ideas for your landscaping.
Think About Any Unique Features That Would Benefit From Lights
During the daylight hours when the sun is shining bright, some landscape features may look rather unremarkable, if not mundane. But at nighttime, tastefully placed lighting can bring out a spectacular variety of colors, hues, and effects.
Places that can benefit from lighting include driveways, walkways, walls, steps, statuary, water fountains, trees, shrubs, patios, decks, and borders.
Use a Flashlight to Simulate Nighttime Landscape Lighting Effects
When nighttime falls, get a flashlight, put in some fresh batteries, then take a walk through the landscape areas such as lawn, garden, and pathways that you would like to light. The reason for bringing the flashlight along is to simulate different lighting effects.
Visualize Effects Mentally
Next, try to visualize in your mind a few different ways you can re-create the flashlight simulated effects with common lighting methods.
Write Your Ideas in a Notebook
When you have some good lighting ideas, write them down in a notebook or personal organizer as soon as possible.
Draw a simple map of your landscape layout, and plot each point where you want to place a light fixture.
Use Online Search to Find More Ideas
For even more ideas, go online to conduct a search. You will find a virtual goldmine of information online about many different topics, including that of landscape lighting.
Search Online With Specific Keywords
A generic phrase like “landscape lighting” may return some results that are not completely relevant to your search, such as product sale pages. Do a search with targeted keywords, like “landscape lighting methods” or “outdoor lighting ideas.”
Books and Magazines – Take a Look!
Besides searching online, don’t forget about home-and-gardening books and magazines for even more helpful landscape lighting articles and advice. So be sure to check out the books and magazines in the self-help section of your local home improvement store or landscape nursery.
Written by Jose Sanborn.