Landscape lighting is a great way to highlight the best features of your Concord, NH home. These landscape lighting options not only boost the appearance of your property, but they also add functionality.
Wash lighting, like in its name implies, washes whatever area it illuminates with soft light. The key difference that sets this lighting method apart from the rest is the fixture used. It diffuses the light, giving the landscape design a warm glow. This method can be used in a few different places around the landscape, the most common deployments involves showcasing your home’s exterior. More specifically, it can fill in the blank areas to highlight the texture and the quality of materials in your hardscape features. Wash lighting can also be useful if you have a large privacy fence that runs along your property. A few of these lights along the fence will give a simple wooden fence a boost.
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Shadowing is the use of angles and spotlights to cast a shadow onto whatever feature you would like to showcase. This method of lighting can be used in a few different ways. The most common use of shadowing is illuminating a large tree with plenty of branches such as an oak. If the tree is near the exterior of your house, the fixture could be oriented in a way that paints the shadows across the side of your home. This creates a unique affect that not only highlights the details of the tree, but also makes it appear much bigger. Shadow lighting can also be used on small shrubs or rock features. This is a great technique that turns a monotonous wall into a canvas for shadows.
Grazing is a lighting method where a fixture is placed next to the wall directed upward toward the wall or other vertical surface. This method utilizes the texture of the building materials and brings out the small details of the surface. This is most commonly used with stone pillars or facades as the stone contains a fair share of details worth highlighting. It also works well with wooden paneling since the steep angle of the light brings out even the smallest textures. For functionality, try using grazing along the backsplash of your outdoor kitchen. It will give a subtle light that is not to overpowering during evening hours.
Walkway lighting is usually a necessary addition to your landscape. If you want to make the most of as many hours outside as possible, you and your guests will need to see where you’re going, ideally with a series of walkway lights to improve safety. Taking safety precautions does not mean that you have to sacrifice the overall aesthetic of your design. Walkway lights can be implemented in a way that blends with the overall landscape while adding an elegant mood to a dim-lit walkway.
You have quite a few fixture options for this lighting method. They range from traditional wired fixtures to wireless LED fixtures. You also have an option on where you would like the fixtures placed. Lights can be hung above the walkway for a magical feel, or placed along the sides of the walkway to safely guide your guests to their destination.