Landscape lighting is like photography lighting. You want to be sure to use the right angles and the right warmth to achieve an artistic appearance. Placing landscape lighting throughout your property without thought can result in a sloppy aesthetic. You can also waste your own money by not properly tending to your exterior lighting system and letting it fall victim to the weather.
It’s essential to take into account where you’re placing your landscape lighting and what you’re doing to maintain it. Here are four ways you can guarantee your landscape lighting will eventually fail you:
- Installing your landscape lighting in the wrong places
Lighting design is meant to highlight the parts of your yard that you enjoy the most. Pond lights strategically placed around a koi pond give the area a romantic touch. Lights placed under and along your favorite tree bring it to life at night. Path lights along the edge of your yard won’t look as wonderful when they’re smacked with a car door. Keep your lighting a safe distance away from vehicles or where they may go unnoticed in a walking area. The only thing worse than a broken light is a guest’s broken foot.
- Using the wrong type of light bulbs
Halogen lights are not only a fire hazard because of the amount of heat they give off, but they’ll also eat your electricity bill. LED lights between 2700 and 2900K will give you that same warm-yellow color that halogen lights have but without the high amount of carbon emissions. LED lights last longer because of the lower amount of energy they use and the low rate of heat they give off. This is not only good for the environment, but it’s good for your utility bill as well.
- Not performing maintenance
Landscape lighting needs to be tended to in order to keep it running efficiently. Check to be sure the wires aren’t being gnawed on by squirrels and that the bulbs haven’t gone out. If you don’t perform routine maintenance on your landscape lighting, a problem that may have been small can easily become a larger problem or may even ruin your system entirely.
- Not consulting a professional
No one knows more about landscape lighting than a lighting design company. Doing your own research on the subject is great, but when it comes to installation it’s best not to DIY. Instead, call a professional. A company that specializes in exterior lighting and architectural lighting will be able to answer your questions while setting up the lights in a way you may not have considered.
When setting up your landscape lighting, it’s important that you do your research and are strategic about where you place your lights. Consult a professional about potentially doing the job, perform routine maintenance, and don’t place your lights in poorly-chosen places. With these tips in mind, you can ensure the future life of your landscape lighting system.