Landscaping Lighting Design and Installation
Outdoor Landscape Lighting
When you are ready to install outdoor landscape lighting around your home, Pacific Coast Electric Heating and Air, Inc. is your choice to perform the electrical installation. High quality outdoor landscape lighting, installed by an electrical contractor and a licensed electrician, can beautify your home and significantly enhance its curb appeal.
Outdoor landscape lighting electrical installations are often comprised of a combination of typical electrical voltage (120v power) and low voltage landscape lighting. An electrical contractor and licensed electrician generally will start the electrical work for installation of outdoor landscape lighting by running line voltage circuits to an area you want outdoor landscape lighting installed. From there, the electrical contractor or licensed electrician will start the electrical work for the low voltage landscape lighting.
Low voltage landscape lighting is used best for shorter circuit loops in a certain area since voltage drop can be an issue with low voltage landscape lighting. Using a qualified electrical contractor and licensed electrician to install your outdoor landscape lighting system will help you avoid those types of pitfalls. Transformers used for low voltage lighting systems are easy to hide and will not detract from the beauty of your home.
Outdoor landscape lighting systems can be used for many purposes. Architectural landscape lighting works best to accent special architectural features of your home. Create dramatic and interesting views of your home at night with well-placed architectural landscape lighting.
Residential landscape lighting can have functional uses, too. Lights installed around a patio or deck can enliven warm summer evenings. Lighting placed along the edge of a driveway serves to safely mark its edges as well as provide a welcoming path for visitors, right to your doorstep. Additionally, outdoor landscape lighting can offer an added level of security around your home.
Professionally landscaped homes and public areas are transformed into spectacular showplaces at night…when illuminated with professional outdoor lighting. Artful gardens, dramatic trees, enchanting water features—a new visual excitement is created at twilight. You can have the most impressive home on the block on an affordable landscape lighting design budget. Across the country, outdoor lighting has become the newest “in demand”. Homeowners and commercial builders and managers have discovered that Outdoor Lighting is a smart investment for several reasons.
- Landscape lighting enhances a property’s value and pride of ownership.
- Outdoor lighting creates a new drama and beauty in a garden year-round.
- Lighting increases safety and reduces risk around walkways, decks, pools, spas, and other landscape features.
- Nighttime lighting also provides greater home security by deterring burglary, vandalism and other crime.
Pacific Coast Electric Heating and Air, Inc. has many years of experience in designing, installing, and maintaining outdoor landscape lighting systems. Let the licensed electricians at Pacific Coast Electric Heating and Air, Inc. help you show off your castle and its grounds!
Outdoor lighting enhances the beauty of your property while providing safety and security. Outdoor lighting also allows you to take advantage of your outdoor spaces after dark and adds value to your home.
It is important to note that many cities have implemented special building codes related to the type of lighting you are allowed to use outdoors. Check with your local building inspection office regarding this issue before installing outdoor lighting.
Techniques for Outdoor Lighting
A well-lighted front entrance enables you to greet guests and identify visitors. Wall lanterns on each side of the door will give your home a warm, welcoming look, while assuring the safety of those who enter. Under a porch or other overhang, you can use recessed, chain-hung or close-to-ceiling fixtures. A separate rear or side entrance can be lighted with a single wall lantern installed on the keyhole side of the door.
Outside the garage, mount a lantern on each side or install a single fixture above to provide lighting for safety and security. Consider installing a motion sensor on these fixtures or a photocell that turns the lights on at dusk and off at dawn to save energy.
For added security, illuminate any side of the house that would otherwise be in shadow. Spotlights installed on your eaves will accomplish this, or, for a more dramatic look, consider ground lights pointed up to graze your walls. To conserve energy, install a sensor that will switch on the light only at night or upon motion. If using uplighting, aim the fixtures so that the light is captured by your eaves to lessen light pollution.
Steps, paths, and driveways should be illuminated to make sure family members and guests are able to move about easily and safely after dark. You can install path lights or post lanterns or attach lights to the side of the house. Low-level path lights, which spread circular patterns of light, will brighten your walkway while highlighting nearby flower beds, shrubs and ground cover. Low-level path lights can also be used to define the boundaries of long driveways. Bollards, which stand 30 to 36 inches off the ground, also work well. Use shielded fixtures to avoid glare.
Decks, porches, and patios can be converted into romantic evening retreats by concealing low-voltage mini-lights under steps, railing or benches. Another idea is to install a spotlight in the branches of a nearby tree.
Pools and fountains illuminated with underwater lighting provide beauty and safety for evening entertaining or swimming. Low-voltage and LED lighting are popular sources for ambient pool lighting, or install fiber-optic lighting to create a starry background in your pool’s floor and around its edges. Floating and solar-powered lights are also available. Be sure to check with your local building authorities for safety regulations before installing new lighting systems in existing pools.
Grills and serving areas benefit from bright task lighting. To accomplish this, install a recessed spot-light on an adjacent roof overhang, mount lights on a railing behind the grill or use a portable fixture approved for outdoor environments
Lighting can make a big difference in the interior environment of your home. Good lighting used properly helps you to see better and perform tasks more easily. It also provides safety, security and a sense of comfort. Lighting and lighting controls also provide you with the flexibility to adjust and adapt the mood and ambiance of your home. Lighting fixtures are ideal, and often inexpensive, accessories to supplement the interior design of your home. With an unlimited range of styles, shapes, colors and sizes, lighting fixtures can add sparkle and a final, finishing touch to your décor. Properly used lighting should complement your lifestyle and meet your family’s needs. When planning your home’s lighting, keep these tips in mind:
• Identify the activities that occur in each room (reading, food preparation, hobby work, grooming, laundry, homework, etc.).
• Identify the mood or ambiance that you want to create in each space.
• Identify any decorative elements you wish to emphasize, such as artwork or wall textures.
• Identify areas with dark wall colors and finishes. These areas absorb more light than those with lighter finishes, so supplemental lighting may be required.
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