Installing landscape lighting is a great way to bring beauty, raise curb appeal and add safety to your home. The sheer variety of front yard lighting options can breathe new life into your home. However, before you run out the door throwing money at contractors and buying light fixtures, it’s important to be clear and know exactly what you want.
Economically and aesthetically, it makes the most sense to plan what you want ahead of time before contacting a professional. This way, you and your contractor will have the tools, as well as the knowledge in place, to work together to best match your vision for your ideal landscape.
So, before you make any rash light decisions, please consider our three keys to creating a successful front yard lighting plan:
- Define the Purpose for Front Yard Lighting
Before you invest in any landscape lighting, ask yourself one question: “Why am I doing this?” What do you need to illuminate? Maybe you have an expansive yard or garden corner you wish to light up. Or perhaps you let your pets frolic in the yard and you want the added security feature. Whatever your reasons may be, it’s important to know what you are looking to light before you begin to create a plan of attack.
- Define Your Lighting Needs
After you establish your particular front yard lighting needs, it’s time to match those needs with specific lighting styles and fixtures. Consider the colors, tone and mood you want your yard to convey along with the function you need them to perform. Depending on your needs, you may want to include a spotlight, path lighting, a layered color effect, or any combination of lights. For suggestions and tips about what kind of lighting would work best for your yard please see our post regarding the five secrets to magnificent outdoor lighting.
- Decide Where Landscape Lighting Should Go
Finally, get out a pad and paper and make a sketch of your yard. In this sketch, include existing lights, pathways, plants and decorations you may have displayed year round. Now that you have a rough estimate of everything in your yard and an idea of what kind of light scheme best suits your needs, begin plotting out exactly where you want your lighting to go. This will give you a general understanding of what your yard will look like and where everything will be positioned. Also, this will give your contractor a great idea of exactly what you are looking for and how they can best create a lighting plan for you.
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