Landscape Lighting Tips
Landscape lighting is the ideal way to add drama, beauty and allure to your home exterior at night.
Here are five steps for developing distinctive, functional designs to put your property in the best light when the sun goes down.
Step 1: Form Ideas for Your Landscape Layout
Walk the landscape during the day and night to select key focal points: A stoic oak tree, a tall, handsome palm, a majestic group of juniper shrubs. Or hardscape feature a stone wall accented with fine travertine capstones, a carefully crafted facade, or even water features. These are all great examples to give you an idea of what to look for when it comes to focal areas of your landscape. These are the main visual features, and the first level of light in the landscape. Once the key focal points are defined, lighting can then be selected for other areas of the landscape, such as pathways leading through a garden, deck areas, porches and driveways.
Step 2: Make a Sketch of the Landscape
Next, it’s time to sketch a drawing of the landscape. Begin the sketch by drawing a perimeter, adding buildings, decks, benches, trees, shrubs, vegetation, and decorations of any significance in the garden. Highlight all of the key focal points defined in Step 1, along with the approximate height and length of those objects. Draw in any existing landscape lighting. This will help you choose between a 85-265V or 12/ 24V landscape lighting system in the next steps.
Step 3: Select Your Landscape Lighting Fixtures
It’s important to select the right fixtures for each designated area of your application. There are two key questions to answer here: Do I have an existing landscape lighting system? How large is my layout? Accent, flood and in-ground landscape fixtures by Lecolux Lighting can be controlled for color, beam width and brightness levels–though more on this later. Lecolux Lighting manufactures both 85-265V and 12 /24 V landscape systems with two construction options:
- 85-265V AC: This system is with individual driver by each pieces.
- 12 or 24V DC: This system is with one driver by severial pcs which connect together. (P.S.: total watt must be less than 80% power of the driver)
|Accent (Spot) Lights||create dramatic effects when up lighting or subtle moods when used for down lighting. These adjustable fixtures are perfect for precision illumination on tree trunks, garden structures and specific architectural elements such as porch columns, eaves, and dormers.|
|Wall Wash||A diminutive Wall Wash creates an even, wide flood of light on any surface including facades, fences and garden walls.|
Step 4: Fixture Spacing
Spacing can be subjective– 6 feet of lead wire is typically provided across most landscape lighting products for final adjustment on the field.
|Accent (Spot) Lights||Small objects require 1-2 fixtures, while large trees with big canopies and multiple viewing angles may require up to 4 fixtures. The beam angle and light output on WAC Lighting Accent & In-Ground lights can be adjusted on the field, so it may be a good idea to order slightly more than you think you may need and adjust them on the field. Today you may be highlighting a sapling, but tomorrow that sapling may grow into a hearty tree.|
|Wall Wash||Placing these 1ft to 2ft from the wall will cast a nice, even illumination. Spread them out approximately 6ft to 8ft apart.|
Step 5: Wire Runs, Power Supplies, and Final Layout
The final step is to bring your landscape lighting layout sketch to life. If you selected a DC 12/ 24V low-voltage system, it’s very likely you will have several runs extending from just one transformer to all of the landscape fixtures. From dry to wet, to underwater locations, your entire landscape lighting system can operate from just a single source. Most transformers will plug directly into a standard receptacle outlet. Based on the fixture runs and number of fixtures used in your project, select the appropriate transformer size with a maximum wattage capacity ranging from 40 to 500 watts. It’s a good idea to leave room for expansion so if you plant a tree or add a garden feature, you’ll be able to highlight it with an additional landscape fixtures without having to revise your existing setup. Make sure to include a timer and/or photo cell to automatically control your landscape lighting based on time of day.
Your landscape lighting plan will operate with energy efficient LEDs, using the most advanced technologies for either low voltage or line voltage systems. Our groundbreaking LED Landscape Lighting will make your outdoor spaces beautiful and safe at night. And, if you need any more inspiration, let us know !