Whether you have a complete vision for your lighting project or are looking for inspiration these tips will set you on the right course for a successful design:
Professional Lighting Tips:
Focus on what you love most about your home.
Every home is unique. Whether it is by architectural or landscape features or simple personal touches, there is something special to all of us about our home. Take time to identify the aspects of your home that you want to highlight in the evening. With many product options, there is no application that we can't light.
Give attention to your entrance.
The entrance to your home includes your front door, the walkway leading you there, and the entry landing. As a rule, we focus on lighting the entrance as a priority then we move on to other areas. Guests are comforted by a welcoming entry and unwanted visitors are intimidated by the lighted area.
Allow contrast, avoid dark spots.
While lighting the entrance and the best features of the home is important, you shouldn't stop there. Leaving large dark spots on your home or in your landscape is not desirable. It is okay to avoid lighting certain subjects but make sure it does not create a "black hole". Dark areas left alone creates a subconscious suspicion and will leave you dissatisfied with your project.
Incorporate dimensional lighting.
Incorporating dimensional lighting is important to a successful lighting project. We advise avoiding a flat visual experience of your home or business. In order to avoid this, you can add path lights to the driveway or walkway to create an extra visual layer. Also, adding accent lights to the large trees or downlighting in the soffits of the structure can create character that will set you apart from the rest of your neighborhood.
Know where to stop.
Yes, there is a point where you can light up too much. Knowing where to stop is a unique part of the design process. Most homeowners and contractors will install too much or not enough light to balance the home. Too much light yields an obnoxious "billboard" effect, whilst too little light misses the target of your property design and may look dull.