Adding outdoor lighting to your lawn is a great way to make an already well-designed landscape really stand out. Lighting up your lawn can help add a touch of your own creativity to your landscaping, and homeowners who take pride in their well-maintained lawns can use landscape lighting to show off their hard work. An attractively designed lawn with complementary outdoor lighting can also greatly increase your home’s appeal to potential buyers.
The two types of outdoor lighting systems most popular among homeowners are line-voltage lighting and LED low-voltage lighting. Because line-voltage lighting systems use the same amount of voltage as other home appliances, their utility costs are generally higher than those of LED low-voltage lighting; however, many homeowners find their light output to be impressive and often use it to spotlight certain lawn features or illuminate parts of the lawn that are difficult to see. LED low-voltage lighting has its voltage lowered by the use of a transformer and uses energy-efficient lightbulbs; therefore, it doesn’t result in very high power bill increases. These types of systems are easy to move around, and expanding them slightly isn’t difficult. Both line-voltage and LED low-voltage lighting systems may be controlled by timers and can be programmed to turn off in the daytime with the use of photocells.
Landscape lighting comes in a wide variety of styles and designs, and the best way to decide how and where to install outdoor lighting is to first decide what you want to use the lighting to accentuate. Outdoor lights can be aimed upward or downward to draw focus toward lawn features that a homeowner might want to highlight. Placing pathlights along a walkway can make it easier for guests to see, and backlighting elements of your landscape design can make them seem striking and impressive. An experienced and knowledgeable outdoor lighting contractor can help you sort through the wide range of options available and help you settle on an outdoor lighting setup that best fits your landscape.