Exterior lighting is thankfully no longer limited to the typical wall fixtures and light posts. With the use of low- voltage systems and LED options outdoor lighting now has almost limitless possibilities. These lighting systems have flexible options for general lighting and creating special effects. Used for drama, accent, safety, security, and even under water, exterior lighting is a versatile and artistic landscape design element. It’s no surprise that a well-designed lighting system adds curb appeal and property value by enhancing the site and architecture of your home.
Crafting a natural effect from an otherwise dark, blank canvas is the goal of quality lighting design. Features of your home’s exterior beautifully come to life with the appropriate use of exterior lighting. Your home and landscape most likely already have a theme, rhythm and special features to highlight even though they may not be obvious at first glance. The design should be responsive to that while complementing and balancing the scale and character of the surroundings.
With thoughtful analysis and fixture selection, some wonderful effects can be achieved. Often there are surprise, secondary and subtle outcomes that are not anticipated in planning, such as interesting shadows, rhythmic patterns, or the twinkling sparkle of a reflective object.
Accent lighting has a myriad of uses, including grazing the surface of shrubs and highlighting seasonal foliage and flowers. It is powerful for calling attention to focal points such as a fountain or piece of statuary.
Thank you to Inaray Lighting and Lighting by Design, both of Richmond, VA, for providing the photos. Images are copyrighted, as are all images appearing in the FORM & FUNCTION blog.
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