Your Guide to Landscape Lighting

Posted November 3, 2022 in Blog, Design/Build, General, Landscape Design, Landscape Lighting, Plant and Tree, Videos, Water Feature

The reality is, ‘less is more’ when it comes to planning your landscape lighting. Sadly, natural instinct usually is to light up every tree, water feature, and plant.  But that strategy will typically wash out your new backyard, increase your electric bill, and add unnecessary construction expenses.

Having a solid plan regarding landscape lighting is more important than you might imagine. Properly illuminating areas in your yard will not only provide a fantastic view of your new outdoor space, but it can also protect your home from robberies and vandalism.

Landscape lighting can be the feature that transforms your backyard into an outdoor space but it can also be the thing that extends your budget beyond your comfort zone. If you’re not sure where to start with landscaping lights, here’s your guide to planning your landscape lighting in Saucon Valley, Pennsylvania:

  • Identify the features in your yard that you’d like to highlight 

Done right, landscape lighting can add a touch of elegance to any backyard by highlighting your home’s architectural features and drawing attention to your favorite plants, trees, water features, and more. But you’ll need to carefully consider how the light will interact with each feature so it doesn’t drown out the aesthetic of your new space.

To highlight focal points such as flowing water features or beautiful old oak trees, consider installing cross beams that will reduce the harsh shadows that typically form when only one light shines on an object.

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  • Think about function when planning your landscape lighting 

Well-planned and placed landscape lighting can help you avoid dangerous trips, falls, or other accidents that could occur in a dark backyard. But, improperly placed older landscape lights can jeopardize the feature’s integrity from water ingress, build-up of natural debris around the landscape lighting, or poor wiring and connection.

Because of their safety measures, energy efficiency, and lower likelihood of attracting insects such as mosquitos, LEDs are a good choice if you’re considering new landscape lighting. Since LED lights are more energy efficient, they radiate less heat, making the fixtures the safer choice for your new landscape lighting in Saucon Valley, Pennsylvania.

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  • Think about security when planning your landscape lighting

Outdoor lighting is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to add beauty and security to your home. Police studies show that adding lights to your backyard deters thieves from targeting your property. Some insurance companies even offer discounts for homes that can prove their exterior lighting makes it difficult for intruders to break in unnoticed.

If you live in a remote area, you might want to consider motion lights for the perimeter of your property. Motion lights are typically sensor activated, triggering the light to come on when motion is detected. By incorporating motion lights into your landscape lighting, you will have a better chance of deterring someone looking for an easy-access home or unwanted animals that could be nibbling on your landscaping.

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Designing and building a new outdoor living space should be an exciting experience, but we get that you don’t want to work with a contractor that will waste your money and you don’t want to get stuck wasting your valuable time managing multiple crews, contracts, permit applications, and other important details.  You are not alone!

At MasterPLAN, we have partnered with hundreds of homeowners – just like you – to eliminate the stress and hassle when transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space in the Lehigh Valley.  We make your unique journey stress-free by using our award-winning design/build process to handle all communication with your HOA and township, develop your plans, obtain your building permits, manage any and all engineering, schedule your inspections and so much more!

Here’s how to do it:

Call: Schedule your meeting!

Collaborate: Create your perfect plan!

Construction: With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate: Raise a toast to your transformed home and the new life that comes from it!


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