Summer Landscape Lighting Trends

 Accent lighting creates these bold sillouhettes against walls.

Accent lighting creates these bold sillouhettes against walls.

As the weather warms and we turn out of our homes to enjoy the summer evenings, landscape lighting installation options become something a homeowner may consider. Not because the days get shorter and we need the light; no, we spend more time outdoors in summer, enjoying backyard barbecues and swimming pools. Pleasant thoughts ofsummer activities bring updating our outdoor lighting to the forefront of our minds.

With this in mind, we offer some lighting options, old and new, for you to consider as potential additions to your landscaping:

Spotlight or accent lighting

Judiciously placed lighting can showcase the most attractive features of a landscape. Who doesn’t love lights which show off the beautiful architectural features of a home, or a single beam which makes the arms of a paloverde tree stark against the backdrop of a wall?  

 The eye wanders up this path.

The eye wanders up this path.

Pathway lighting

There is something so satisfying about an illuminated path. “This way,” it seems to say. The fact that we won’t trip because we’ll be able to see is a big plus, too. 

Well lights or in-ground lighting

These are partially or wholly buried, for a clean landscape look which readily offers low-level lighting along walls and building edgeways.

 

Low voltage landscape lights

Low voltage landscape lighting can either shine downward or be used at ground level, for example, against a wall or other feature that needs illumination without a prison-yard-like glare.

 Rope lighting, a relative newcomer.

Rope lighting, a relative newcomer.

LED strip or rope lighting

Strips or ropes of lighting used to highlight steps, bricks, or paths is a relative newcomer to the scene, but we don’t think this one is going to be dying out soon. LED lighting is very popular for its high-quality lighting and economic operation. 

Well lights or in-ground lighting

These are partially or wholly buried, for a clean landscape look which readily offers low-level lighting along walls and building edgeways.

Low voltage landscape lights

Low voltage landscape lighting can either shine downward or be used at ground level, for example, against a wall or other feature that needs illumination without a prison-yard-like glare.
 
String lighting

 String lights.

String lights.

One of the hottest new looks in lighting is comprised of strands of globe lights, such as those which cross 83rd Avenue over Peoria’s ‘P83’, the ‘pedestrian-friendly regional destination’ that is the home of the Peoria baseball field, for one thing. 

The festive decor is one that can be copied in the backyard with a few strands of globe lights over the patio overhang or stringlights hung from trees.

Homeowners who may enjoy a lighting upgrade or are considering remodeling their outdoor lighting can give us a call or schedule a consultation here. 

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