Landscape Lighting | How Do You Do Landscape Lighting?

Landscape lighting is the perfect way to add drama, beauty and allure to the exterior of your home at night. Here are five measures to create unique, practical designs that bring the best light on your property when the sun goes down.

Phase 1: Shape your Countryside Concept Ideas

Between daytime and night walk the landscape to pick main focal points: a stoic oak tree, a large, stunning palm, a magnificent juniper shrubs party. Or hardscape includes a beautiful travertine capstones accented stone wall, a finely built façade, or even water features. These are all great examples for giving you an idea of what to look for when it comes to your landscape 's focal areas. These are the major visual features of the environment, and the first degree of illumination. If the main focal points are identified, lighting may then be chosen for other areas of the landscape, such as paths leading through a garden, deck areas, porches and driveways.

Phase 2: Take a Landscape Drawing

Now, it's time to carry out a landscape painting. Start the sketch by drawing a perimeter, adding any significance in the garden to buildings, decks, benches, trees , shrubs, vegetation and decorations. Highlight all of the main focal points described in Phase 1, along with their estimated height and duration. Draw in any existing scenic lighting. In the next measures this should help you select between a landscape lighting device of 120V or 12V.

Phase 3: Pick your fixtures for the landscape lighting

For each designated area of your application it is important to select the right fixtures. There are two key questions to answer here: Do I have an existing lighting system for the landscape? And the height of my layout?

WAC Lighting's accent, flood and in-ground landscape fixtures can be adjusted for degrees of colour, beam width and brightness – but more on this later.

With two fabrication options, WAC Lighting manufacturers both 120V and 12V landscape systems: sturdy die cast brass and k-alloy aluminium. Both options are finished in bronze – solid die cast brass is available in coastal and marine grade environments for improved corrosion protection. It is necessary to remember, when deciding between 120V or 12V:

Supplying 120V to the whole landscape may be an costly and repetitive process, because installing 120V cables in most areas includes installation of cables at least 6 ft below the surface level in galvanized conduits. Only where there is an established 120V network in your landscape or where the chosen fixtures are built quite close to the home or an outside receptacle is it advised to use 120 V. A 12V low voltage landscape lighting network supplied through a central power source is suggested for all other formats.

Phase 4: Arranging the Fixture

Spacing may be subjective – Typically 6 feet of lead wire is given over most landscape lighting items for final field adjustment.

Phase 5: Power suppliers, wire runs and final configuration

The final step is to put to life the concept design for the landscape lighting. If you have chosen a low voltage 12V network, you are most likely to have multiple runs stretching from only one transformer to all the landscape fixtures. Your entire landscape lighting system can operate from just one source from dry to wet, to underwater locations. Most transformers are wired directly into a regular receiver socket. Select the appropriate transformer size with a maximum wattage capacity ranging from 75 to 600 watts based on the setting runs and number of fixtures used in your project. This is a smart idea to allow space for expansion because whether you are growing a tree or installing a garden element, you can illustrate it with additional landscape fixtures without needing to redesign your current design. Be sure to have a timer and/or picture cell to automatically monitor your daytime-based landscape lighting.

Your landscape lighting program will work with energy efficient LEDs, utilizing either low voltage or line voltage systems using the latest modern technology. Our innovative LED Landscape Lighting renders your outdoor spaces at night stunning and comfortable. And, if you need further inspiration, don't forget to check out our ideas for outdoor lighting.

Need to Upgrade Your Home’s Landscape Lighting?

At Frontline Electrical Services we love transforming the homes of our clients’ homes and businesses with amazing landscaping lighting. If you are in the Benicia, Walnut Creek or Fairfield, California or surrounding areas, contact us today at 800-945-0268 (here is a map to our location) and we’ll have one of our certified specialists review your home’s current landscape and give you the best lighting plan you need to make sure your property shines!