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Multiple types of lighting work in harmony when used correctly.


buried. Halogen lights are priced midrange between incandescent and LED. LED lighting is still very popu- lar, both for its affordability and practi- cality. LED lights will last longer than halogens and use even less energy. A more recent trend is low-voltage light- ing which uses about 12 volts, thus eliminating the need for deep trenches for wiring. Solar lights have also grown in popularity as the styles, quality and quantity of lights on the market increase.


Where can you light? • Paths: Lighting pathways can


increase safety, but they also make paths more welcoming, drawing people down them. Down-lighting, individually lit pavers, path lights and ambient lighting are just some of the options available. • Patios, gazebos or decks: Down-


lighting can create a moonlight effect without the effects of harsh lighting or glare. • Feature trees: Show off unique


trees with up, cross or down-lighting effects. • Pools and ponds: Underwater


lights can attractively show off your water features. Water lighting is popu-


Lights can add depth to your yard.


lar because of the soothing, rippling effect that water has on the reflective light. • Architecture: Highlight pillars,


art, walls or other aspects of your home with dramatic up-lighting. • Driveways: Rather than light the


driveway itself, light the landscape along the driveway; this will create depth to your yard extending the visual space. • Doors: Entryways are best lit from


above or from either side. Lighting, it seems simple enough, but


it has become an art form unto itself. Often the use of more than one type of lighting is required; for example, ambient lighting can create atmosphere with gentle lights in a seating area, while spotlights can draw attention and add dramatic effect. There are a ton of factors to take into consideration when you nightscape your home. Above all else, lighting should be pleasing from every window in the house; the last thing you want is glare from outdoor lights spoiling your own views. Some advice, a consult at the least, will leave you with a better sense of what will work best in your yard. i


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Photo credit Landscape lighting ideas design.


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