Great landscape projects all start with great layouts and well thought our plantings, but they end with a landscape lighting system. After all, everyone should be able to enjoy the landscape after dark as well. With proper landscape lighting we have the ability to highlight areas of the landscape that blend in more during the day. Lighting also will add to the appearance of your home by accenting the architectural features and providing easier navigation around your yard at night. Not only does lighting provide multiple aesthetic features, but it also provides an element of security. Burglars will be deterred by a well-lit home and likely move on. In today’s lighting market there are more choices than ever before and the new standard is moving toward using all LED fixtures which have a number of advantages to their incandescent counterparts.
First of all, the power usage and utility bills will be drastically cut by using LED fixtures, some by as much as 90%! Secondly, forget about replacing those burnt out bulbs. Most LED fixtures are expected to last decades without replacement. From a design and installation standpoint the LED lighting has another great benefit. LED fixtures do not dim as they get farther from the transformer or power source. This allows way more flexibility and savings in copper wire during the installation.
For a long time landscape designers were hesitant to make the jump into the LED world due to the unnatural color of LED lights. Now all manufactures are producing LED lights with warmer tones similar to the standard incandescent fixtures resulting in a more natural tone and appearance. Very cool tones are also available which can have stunning affects when used properly, especially in modern design. Cool blue tones also can have a great effect on evergreen trees making them appear greener than with traditional warm lights. Sounds crazy right? It’s true, in fact many designers using incandescent bulbs will add blue lenses to lights on evergreen trees to create a similar effect.
Here at Poynter we would be thrilled for the opportunity to come set up some demo lighting at your property so you can see firsthand what kind of dramatic difference lighting can make for your landscape at night. Drop us a line to schedule a free lighting demo today!