Putting money into your home is making an investment in your personal and physical well-being. You want a home that makes you feel safe, comfortable, and most importantly, happy to come home to. If you put the time and money into making the inside of your home feel like this, then the same care should be put into the outside of your home. The landscaping of your home is just as important! It is the first thing that people see and it provides a special space for your family and friends to enjoy nature, nice weather, and each other. Over half of homeowners who are upgrading their outdoor spaces spend 6 or more hours there per week (51%). Their top three uses for the outdoor space are relaxing, gardening, and entertaining guests. Hiring a professional to assist with the landscape lighting design is an easy and imaginative way to create the outdoor environment you’ve been dreaming of.
Even though you’ve watched a dozen shows on HGTV about exterior lighting and have scoured the internet for light fixture recommendations and design ideas, it might not be in your best interest to attempt this project alone. Installing a high quality landscape lighting system takes skill, experience and artistry. That’s why hiring a landscape lighting design company is preferred; it is a guarantee that you will get the look you are hoping for. A lighting designer will work with you every step of the way; from the basic design layout, to your budget, to the functionality of your yard and how the lighting can enhance it. You also have to consider the time and effort involved in researching and executing such an endeavor.
There are other important factors to consider with landscape lighting design.
- Professional Light Fixtures
Lighting equipment and technology are constantly changing, hundreds of new products are introduced to the marketplace annually. Not only that, but the light fixtures that you buy at Home Depot will not come anywhere close in comparison to the quality and appeal of the light fixtures the lighting designer can provide. You want products that have a long life-span and do not need to be replaced constantly.
- Technique and Education
Lighting design has become an extension of architectural design. Landscape lighting design improves invisibility overall, but it also serves to complement the landscaping of your yard with color, shapes, and brightness. Someone with extensive experience in this field is needed to know exactly how to best utilize the space. Lighting professionals must continually educate themselves to provide the best possible service.
If you are not an electrician you are putting yourself, your family, and your guests in danger by attempting an electrical installation yourself. It is also possible that you can cause gas line issues and possible water main breaks if you’re not sure what you’re doing. Your lighting designer will go through an extensive evaluation process to ensure all of the utilities on your property are marked and flagged before any lights are installed.
Landscape lighting design is something that can create a fabulous and unique space to host parties, relax, or just be the envy of the neighborhood. With all the DIY shows and online information available many homeowners believe that they can tackle these types of home projects on their own. Attempting lighting design on your own has the potential to be dangerous, and can end up costing you more money in the long run for light fixture maintenance and upkeep. Find a reputable lighting designer who is willing to work with your budget as well as your vision for exactly what you want your outdoor space to look like. It is a personalized experience that will give you the results you want in the safest and most effective way possible.