How to Illuminate Your Yard with Landscape Lighting

August 6, 2021 6:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

You love spending time in your backyard. But if you don’t have exterior lighting, the problem is that you have to head back inside once the sun goes down! Instead of only enjoying your yard during the daytime, consider installing exterior lights throughout your yard.

Like many home improvement projects, you shouldn’t rush into the process of adding outdoor lights. Continue reading to learn more about your outdoor lighting options and how to go about planning your landscaping upgrade.

Decide why you want lighting

The first step in illuminating your yard is deciding why you want outdoor lighting in the first place. Are you installing solar-powered lighting around your pool deck for safety reasons, or do you want lights to highlight a fountain or other focal point in your yard?

Of course, there’s no harm in lighting your entire yard. But keep in mind that that can make the project significantly more expensive.

Draw a sketch of your yard

Now that you’ve decided why you want your lighting, we advise making a sketch of your yard. You don’t need to be a professional artist to make your drawing, but anything you can add helps the process along.

Your drawing should include features like trees, shrubs, gardens and walkways. If you can, try to measure the height of each feature in your yard, as this will affect how the lighting eventually looks when it’s set up.

Choose where the lighting should go

With your drawing in hand, you can start to visualize exactly where you want your solar-powered lighting. While jotting down where you want the lighting, it’s a good idea to notate why you want the lighting to go in that specific location.

The more information you have to give to your electrician, the easier it is for the electrician to install the lights. Additionally, plenty of notes can reduce the amount you spend on all of your lighting.

Set a budget and buy your lights

Shopping for outdoor lighting can be difficult because there are so many types of lights out there. While it’s tempting to buy high-voltage lights that provide the most illumination, be sure to keep your budget in mind.

For anyone on a budget, we recommend going with solar-powered lights. Because they’re powered by sunlight during the day, these lights won’t run up your energy bill, and they’re fairly inexpensive to install.

Let Duke Electric Company handle everything

You don’t need to go through this process alone—just call Duke Electric Company. As a full-service residential lighting company, we can handle everything from start to finish. Our professionals can help you plan out where your lights should go, give advice on the best lights and install them for you.

When you hire us to help you out, you can save a ton of time and rest easy knowing you’re getting a great deal on your new exterior lights.

Now’s the best time to enjoy your outdoor space throughout the night! Call us today to discuss your outdoor lighting options or to get a quote for our services.

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