Planning Your Landscape Lighting System


Planning your landscape lighting system begins with a vision. Low-voltage landscape lighting is the best choice for residential outdoor lighting. As the landscape evolves: plants mature, trees gain height and breadth, & shrubbery beds are reconfigured. A lighting system must be flexible to encompass these changes with minimal disruption of the initial installation. The ease with which changes are accomplished with a low voltage system are key factors in accommodating the slow-paced dynamic of the outdoor environment. Planning for the present includes planning for the future.

Landscape lighting reveals the house and grounds in the setting that is lost as night falls. The purpose of lighting is to re-establish the relationship between the house and the landscaping. Lighting should enhance the setting, extend the hours of enjoyment of the outdoors and provide for the safety and convenience of guests. It can also address issues of security in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing and appropriate to the site.

To achieve these goals it is necessary to plan, design and execute the lighting carefully and methodically. Low voltage lighting is an optional outdoor amenity usually added to a property after construction is completed and the landscaping has matured. Most often it is the final touch to a carefully designed and maintained landscape plan. It is therefore important that the lighting be appropriate to the landscaping. Some homeowners, particularly those, who have done their own landscaping, may wish to attempt to do the lighting as well; most others will enlist the aid of an outdoor lighting professional.

Outdoor lighting is the addition of lighting effects not just the purchase of equipment. The ideal lighting system is one that meets the practical and aesthetic needs of the owner without adding yet another maintenance requirement to the burden of ownership. Service and maintenance is intrinsic to outdoor lighting. Planning, design, installation and service are the components of effective and appropriate lighting.

In new construction it is important to contact an outdoor lighting professional before driveway and walkway paving is completed. This is also true if the site is already fully built and landscaped, but changes in the hardscaping such as new walkways or a patio are planned. It is ideal if wiring conducts can be put in place prior to paving to avoid costly and disruptive excavating at a later date.

Most low voltage landscape lighting is retrofit into existing landscaping. An experienced designer/installer can accomplish this with minimal disruption.

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Located in Summerfield, NC Southern Lights- Architectural and Landscape Lighting serves properties and property management companies throughout the state of NC including Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Charlotte, High Point, Jamestown, Burlington, Reidsville, Oak Ridge,  Brown Summit, etc.
Southern Lights has installed hundreds of outdoor landscape lighting systems and carries more certifications than anyone in the state. With attention to detail and a solid knowledge of design, Southern Lights is the leading outdoor landscape lighting firm in the state of NC. See why our clients choose us. Contact us today by web (online form) or phone 336-451-4969.

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