How To Choose the Best Style Of Landscape Lighting Design
It is very important to choose an outdoor lighting design that has the right look and feel for your outdoor area. Commercial roofing contractors may also be able to assist you to ensure your lighting works with your property. Each yard is different. There is no such thing as a template design that you can just pick up and apply to your individual setting. If your property and home have a central theme (like grand, understated, classic, etc.) then that is something that you will want to enhance with your outdoor lighting. However, the central theme is not the only thing that goes into the design; there are numerous different themes, and many different professional and person styles that can address the various themes.
We all have our own unique sensibilities and preferences so there is no “best approach.” The perfect landscape lighting design for you will be very personal; it makes use of a combination of different outdoor lighting design strategies and techniques – some of them being complex, while others are more simple.
Typically spotlights will be used for highlighting some of your home’s key architectural features. Wider beam spreads of 60 degrees (like LED MR16 lamps) should be used for wide coverage of facades and walls. These spotlights are also perfect for showcasing specimen plants or tree that you want to highlight. Accent lights also draw attention to objects that are illuminated. The narrower that the spot is, the more attention that will be drawn. This isn’t always a good thing since wider beams have a tendency to have a more natural look. Good outdoor lighting will draw the eye to important parts of your architecture and property.
Enough outdoor lighting is provided by this style to reveal the property and home, but not too much illumination to result in a dramatic effect. A true minimalist design, in fact, is understated and natural and might have a tendency towards romantic or mysterious. When a minimalist style gets taken too far it might give the property a spooky appearance.
You can achieve minimalist lighting through placing only a minimal amount of lighting on your house – just enough to make sure there is a safe passage to the entrances. Certain plants or trees can be light, and be done predominantly using backlighting, silhouetting and downlighting.
With this particular approach, more dramatic and bolder lighting is used for creating a statement. If you happen to be particularly proud of your landscape or home and would like it to be noticed by your neighbors, then you will want to choose statement lighting. It uses floodlights and spotlights that can be especially bright, with coverage that is wider than usual. It can also be narrowly focused on certain objects in your landscaping. Although it tends to be bright and bold when it is well-designed statement lighting can still be quite beautiful.
One of the core principals of design is symmetry. It is a condition where there is either two objects or group of objects on both sides of a dividing line that are equivalent or similar. The human eye is drawn to symmetry. This can be the symmetry of the eyes on columns on a building or eyes on a human face. Whatever it happens to be, when it comes to symmetry humans have positive emotional responses to it. That is why when lighting designers or commercial roofing contractors see symmetry on a building or landscape, they want the features to be illuminated so that the symmetry is revealed. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the lighting has to be exactly the same on every symmetrical component. However, at the very least, it should honor the existing symmetry. Also, from a macro standpoint, the designer will want to stand back to take a look at the whole property; the scene that is lit should have some equivalence from top to bottom and left to right that can be perceived.
If you just want to provide security and safety, then you should focus on all of the areas that human will be navigating. Using wider downlights and floodlights (which include using solar motion-activated lights) it will provide you with the most safety at the least expensive cost.
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