6 Big Landscape Lighting Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)
The Right Outdoor Lighting Will Make Your Texas Home Look Its Best
When giving your home that extra curb appeal, you need to do it right the first time. Just like with indoor lighting design, landscape lighting requires expert skill and knowledge to make your home look its best. For homeowners in The Woodlands area who are considering doing a lighting upgrade, it’s important to choose a landscaping professional who knows how to avoid these common mistakes:
1. Only Going Halfway
Yes, you could stick a few spotlights up around your home and call it a day (or night, in this case), but you probably won’t be happy with the result. Proper lighting needs a cohesive design that properly illuminates your chosen area, and it’s very difficult to achieve that with just a few lights. Consider the image to the right. There are a few lights that help to brighten the backyard, but nobody would call it impressive. By placing colored lights in the pool and among the foliage, this backyard could be gorgeous.
2. Creating Glare
Especially for homes with glass architecture, you need to be careful to place lights so that they don’t cause annoying glares on reflective surfaces. A lot of this can be avoided by choosing the right fixture style and adjusting the positioning/direction of the light’s focus. Many fixtures are designed with domes or caps to keep light pointed downward, which can be helpful in keeping glare out of your eyes or off windows.
3. Not Providing Contrast
Without adjusting color temperature, brightening certain areas, or focusing light on specific features, you’re going to end up with a washed out, generic lighting design. There’s nothing to draw the eye to.
This is where a professional lighting designer really comes in handy. They have the skill to choose the best fixtures and placement for the unique features of your home. Instead of basic white floodlights, you get fixtures that emphasize the best areas of your home’s architecture and landscape.
4. Adding Distracting Light Fixtures
While you’ll only notice the beautiful lights during the evening time, keep in mind that you’ll also have to live with these fixtures during the day time. That’s why it’s important to fully integrate each aspect of your lighting control system into the surrounding landscape. The brand you choose matters a lot if you want to avoid the distraction of clunky, ugly fixtures. Many high-end brands are designed to provide high-quality light at night while also remaining practically invisible during the day. Your lighting installer can also strategically place each fixture so that they blend into flower beds and all power cords are completely hidden.
5. Not Using Energy-Efficient Lighting
Improving your home’s look shouldn’t come at the cost of a higher energy bill. It’s very important whenever doing a landscape lighting upgrade that you invest in energy-efficient LED lighting. It’s a higher upfront cost than low-end bulbs, but it will save you big time in the coming years. In addition to lower energy usage, LED bulbs can last up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs. So it could be 20 years before you have to worry about replacing any bulbs in your yard.
6. Not Automating the System
If the task of turning the outdoor lights on and off each day is not automated, the odds are likely that it won’t get done very often. That defeats the whole point of having landscape lighting to begin with. If you want to make the most of your outdoor lighting, the first step is to put all of the lights on a timer or connect them to lighting sensors so that all the fixtures turn on as soon as the sun sets.
Of course, you don’t have to stop there. With a home automation system, you can personalize your outdoor lights to fit every occasion. If you’re having an evening party with friends, for example, you could simply pull out your smartphone and select the “Party” option. Instantly, the outdoor lights would transform to something a little more festive, incorporating more color and vibrancy than the standard settings. Having smart control over your outdoor lights adds so much convenience, it would be a mistake not to include it.
Interested in giving your home’s outdoor areas a boost with a lighting control system? Contact the landscape lighting experts at Refined Systems by filling out this quick form or clicking the live chat button below.