Landscape lighting will accentuate the architecture and highlight the brickwork of your home and features an array of different types of lighting; landscape lighting it is not only visually attractive, it also provides security and adds value.
Outdoor fixtures are made with special coating to protect against the various elements throughout the year so durability is rarely an issue; still consider the harshness of the elements they will need to withstand. The fixture should be listed as a ‘wet location’. This means that it can tolerate different climates. When you are starting a landscape lighting project, it is important to focus on the specific areas you intend to light. The key places to focus on are the home’s entryway, all outdoor stairways and passages, deck, patio and driveway.
Types of Landscape Lighting:
- Path Lights
- Spread Lights
- Deck Lights
- Patio Lights
- Step Lights
- Specialty Lighting
Ways to Light Landscapes:
- Up-lighting: Illuminating an object, area or surface from below
- Spot-lighting: Aiming at a specific focal point
- Grazing: Highlights textured surfaces around your home, setting a spotlight within about one foot of the surface.
- Moonlighting/Down-Lighting: Lighting an object from above, mounted high in a tree, in order to shine a light on the ground. Creating what is also known as ‘moonlighting’
- Wall Washing: Sets up lighting to accent a wall in order to brighten the space.
- Back-lighting/Silhouetting: Shines a unique back light on a specific object creating a subtle silhouette of a tree by placing a spotlight between your home and the tree.
- Submersible Lighting
TIP: To determine the necessary transformer for landscape path lights, find wattage for fixture, add up the wattage per fixture, multiply by 10, then select larger than that wattage. For example, Hinkley 1548TT is 18 watts, is you we installing 10 fixtures, than you would need a transformer greater than 180 watts. Hope this helps. Littman Bros Lighting
The Hinkley Lighting Atlantis path lights seen below display a perfect landscape lighting layout. The lighting design incorporates wall sconces and path lights that are adequately spaced within the necessary parameters of this backyard. The Hinkley Atlantis collection offers a very versatile and distinct individual style for outdoor living, and also feature LED technology.
The Hinkley Atlantis Collection is strategically designed so that you do not see a hot spot coming from the source of the bulb, but rather a light emission protruding onto the surface. This is ideal because when you see a hot spot, your eyes essentially go directly to the light, which can be harsh on the eyes. Because of its tactical design, the Atlantis collection allows you to effortlessly see the quality of light and the beauty of the design.
A general rule of thumb when you are lighting a straight path is to space each fixture in 100 foot increments. It is also important to light around the bends in a pathway to allow for a safe walkway for you and your guests. Creating spaces of darkness in between fixtures is important to establish safety and ambiance.
TIP: If you do not know where you want the landscape lighting yet, put a conduit (PVC) in-ground before concrete is poured. If concrete is already poured, choose placement for power source on the other side of concrete.