When it comes to landscape lighting ideas, the possibilities are nearly endless. You can make your landscape lighting as simple or as elaborate as you want it to be. You are limited only by your personal preferences, size, and shape of your landscape, and your budget.
With the right landscape lighting techniques and fixtures and a little design creativity, you will enjoy your beautiful landscaping after dusk and well into the night.
Landscape Lighting – When Less is More
When planning your landscape lighting layout, you might be tempted to put in a lot of lights throughout your grounds, but that may not be the best approach. Keep in mind the general rule that “less is more.” You want to see a tastefully lit landscape at night, not the light source that calls attention to itself.
Use light sparingly in strategically placed locations for the best lighting results. Watch out for the dreaded “runway” effect that occurs by placing too many lights along walkways and borders.
One good idea is to create a gentle moon glow type of lighting effect on the flowers, trees, walls walkways and other features. To achieve this, you can conceal the light source behind shrubs, tree branches or other foliage. The lighting fixtures should essentially disappear when you turn the lights on, unless the light fixture is a decorative element in itself.