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How to Create a Hardscape Lighting Design You Will Love

October 19, 2022 / Written by: Carlos Gonzales

October 19, 2022
Written by: Carlos Gonzales

People's experience of the outdoors at night is shaped by lighting, which enhances safety, establishes a focal point, sets a mood, and most importantly encourages them to remain outside until late at night. Your outdoor space can be completely transformed with the help of hardscape contractors. Nevertheless, it's more complicated than it sounds.

It takes expertise, lighting knowledge, and an eye for design to achieve an excellent lighting scheme. Having the right lighting installed by hardscape contractors can improve walkway safety, highlight architectural details and accentuate other landscape focal points.

To achieve the perfect hardscape lighting design, make sure to consider these recommendations. 

Ways to Create Your Dream Hardscape Lighting Design

Whether it's the daytime or the nighttime, your living space is your sanctuary and deserves to be well-kept at all times. Having proper lighting outside is not just a matter of cosmetics, but also one of safety. Falling or tripping in a dark yard or path could be dangerous.

It is vital that any guide to path lighting includes an overview of the most important aspects. The choice of light fixtures can be confusing because there are so many options available. As homeowners pick a style for their patios and backyard, you'll need to consider the existing features found on their property.

Study Your Outdoor Space’s Landscape

Have you got a straight path, a curved drive, or a meandering path around your lawn? Ensure that you take note of the sizes and shapes of all your landscape when developing your lighting strategy. You should also note any areas of your home where illumination is needed after dark to make sure you are safe entering and leaving.

Observe your landscaping during the day as well as at night, so that you can determine which focal points to emphasize. Adding lighting to large trees, hardscapes, and other major points of interest can be a great way to start. To aid with the planning process, you may need to work with hardscape contractors to create a sketch of your landscape.

Utilize Various Types of Hardscape Lighting

There are many types of landscape lights, including accent lights, floodlights, in-ground fixtures, and submersible fixtures.

Choose the best solutions for your yard by learning about the different types of products on the market. You should also keep in mind that some lights have various adjustable features and investing in these products will allow you to perfectly calibrate your lighting to your preferences.

Additionally, don't limit yourself to traditional lighting. Make your fixtures stand out by choosing ones with distinctive colors or unusual materials. Ideally, stone or wood architecture would benefit from this since metal reflects well off of them.

Work with Hardscaping Professionals

A lighting design that you will love requires a number of important steps, from planning to installation. Working with a professional landscape and lighting expert will ensure that your final product exceeds your expectations.

This process can be simplified by having a vision right from the beginning. You can find inspiration for amazing landscape lighting designs when you search for the best landscape lighting tips. Hiring a hardscape contractor can alleviate your worries about wiring and endless fixtures when attempting to bring your vision to life.

Know that Light Spacing is Important

Lights of different types require different spacings. For optimal results, smaller accent lights should be positioned closer together and larger flood lights should be positioned further apart. When lights are placed too close together, they can detract from the overall look and end up illuminating the entire yard instead of highlighting certain areas. 

When lighting is employed at night, it can also be used to influence the apparent size of a landscape. It is possible to make a yard appear larger by placing lights in the distance. Keeping the lights close to the ground and leaving the background dark can make your paver driveway appear smaller.

Place Spot Lighting

In landscape spotlights, you can illuminate focal points such as flowers, small shrubs, and statues in your garden with a controlled, intense beam. You can use this technique to create sparkling islands of interest in your landscape lighting design.

Now that you're all safe in your outdoor space, it's time to show your guests something to look at!

Dynamic landscape lighting can be created by highlighting decorative elements of your outdoor space using various lighting techniques.

Outdoor decor such as boulder formations, trees, shrubs, and flowers can be enhanced by light. Utilizing light to highlight the features of your landscaping is one of the most important facets of landscape lighting design.

Bring Warmth and Coziness to Your Outdoor Space with Hardscape Lighting

No matter what your goals are, we can create a design that fits your needs and enhances the look of your home. With West Hills Masonry, we begin by understanding your space, your aesthetic preferences, as well as your budget and vision, so there are no surprises during the installation process.

Work with one of Orange County's most dependable hardscape contractors. Our team has more than 15 years of experience in hardscaping and landscaping. Find out more about our services by visiting our website or calling 714-519-5009 at West Hills Masonry today!

Carlos Gonzales
He is the co-owner and project consultant of West Hills Masonry – a industry leading hardscape and landscape contractor providing the finest in custom outdoor-scapes in Orange County, CA. Carlos and his team at West Hills Masonry have over 50 years of combine experience. Carlos is very keen on understanding client perspective and integrate their vision with professional recommendation for proper finished installation.

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