When the temperatures drop outside, many people retreat to the warmth inside their home. However, these same people often regret not being about to spend time outdoors. Not only is it cold, it gets dark so early that it can often be difficult to find time to enjoy the great outdoors.

With quality outdoor lighting installed in your landscape, you will be able to brighten up your outside space, spend time in your yard and on your patio and minimize the “winter blues” that often occur when you can’t go outdoors.

Some tips to utilize landscape lighting options to their full potential can be found here.

More is Better

If you are like many people, you may think that placing a few solar lights along a pathway will be enough. This simply isn’t the case. The fact is, your goal is to create an atmosphere and a mood in your yard, so even when it is cold out, your landscape seems warm and inviting. When you use various types of lighting fixtures, you can turn the space into something truly magical when darkness falls that you love spending time in.

Think About How You Want to Use Your Outdoor Space

Before you start to create a landscape lighting design, start with what you want it to look like in the end. For example, do you want to light up pathways to prevent slips and falls? Or, will you spend time in the backyard entertaining? Are there unique architectural features on and around you home you want to highlight? If so, make sure to work lights for these areas into your plan.

Cover the Basics

When you are trying to figure out the objectives for your landscape lighting, you need to consider lights in the following areas “must-haves:”

  • Entryway and pathway
  • Trees
  • Driveway
  • Patio
  • Steps
  • Unique architectural elements, such as water features

Utilize LED Bulbs for Longer Lasting Lights

Two of the most popular options for landscape lights include LED and halogen. Even though halogen was the go-to source for landscape lighting in the past, LEDs are now preferred due to their durability and versatility. If you are considering installing a landscape lighting design, make sure to use LEDs as these are more cost efficient and will last much longer than traditional halogen bulbs.

Use a Combination of Landscape Lighting Types to Create Variety and Interest

You can opt to utilize overall lighting, which will illuminate your entire landscape, or you can install task lighting, which has a single, functional purpose. You can also utilize accent lighting, such as spotlights or floodlights. While each lighting type is fine alone, by combining them you can create a “fuller” feel.

As you can see, landscape lighting, when used properly, can brighten up your space, even during the dreary winter months. If you need help with a landscape lighting design, contact The IDL Company.