Since many people work during the day and don’t return home until night, they aren’t able to appreciate the investment they’ve made in their landscape. But with properly designed and installed landscape lighting, it’s possible to enjoy your landscape at any hour of the day.
There are lots of reasons people choose to enhance their landscape with customized lighting. One reason is beautification. Many interesting textures that may seem unremarkable during the day can be beautifully accentuated by properly placed lighting. And this applies not only to plant material, but also to the architectural features of your home such as stone veneers and patios.
Safety is another excellent reason to illuminate your landscape. Features like steps and stone walkways can become hazardous at night if not properly lit, but they can be easily negotiated with an appropriate lighting arrangement.
Lighting also adds an extra element of security to your property. By illuminating hard-to-see areas of your landscape, you deter potential intruders and can have a detailed view of your property at any time.
Adding value to your property is another great reason to consider custom landscape lighting. Not only does it create a great first impression with guests, but it also provides an excellent return on investment. A well-designed lighting setup gives your home a different, unique feeling, and it makes your property more interesting and attractive to visitors—or if you’re selling your home, to buyers.
One of the biggest challenges when it comes to landscape lighting is choosing what elements of your landscape to illuminate. When deciding where to place lights, it’s best to consider both the public view of your home (the front of the house), and the private view (your back yard). Public view lighting most often focuses on architectural structures, while private view lighting is usually based around highlighting safety hazards and interesting plant material. But of course there are no set rules when it comes to which areas of your landscape you should illuminate.
At Litchfield, we use low voltage lighting when setting up custom arrangements. That doesn’t mean the lights we use are low power—it means they consume low amounts of energy. We also prefer to use LED lights due to their reliability, longevity, and cost-saving properties. LED lights don’t have bulbs that need replacing, and oftentimes they can last for as long as 15-20 years.
One of the nice things about landscape lighting is that you don’t need to do it all at once. You can phase lighting into your landscape one step at a time, which helps reduce initial costs. For example, you could light your patio and walkway this year and add additional lights to your pool the following year. Or you could light the front of your house one year and the back the next.
Having professional help with your landscape lighting makes a big difference. For one, the lights available to a professional landscaper are of a much higher quality than you’ll find at your typical “big box” store. Also, a professional landscaper can easily identify the most suitable areas of your property for lighting, and can have your landscape beautifully illuminated quickly—often in just a day’s work. Warranties are also typical of a professional installation job—at Litchfield we guarantee our work for two years, and the manufacturer’s warranty on the lights usually lasts even longer.
By illuminating your landscape, you greatly extend the time you can spend enjoying it, eliminate potential safety hazards, increase security, and tastefully accentuate your investment in your home’s landscape. And by hiring a professional, you can guarantee your custom arrangement will look great for years to come.
Litchfield is one of Central Indiana’s leaders for custom residential lighting. Our experienced technicians have installed lighting on properties in Indianapolis, Carmel, Zionsville, Geist, Westfield, Fishers, and in many other cities throughout the state. If you have any questions about custom landscape lighting, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 317-867-4811 or simply fill out the form below. We’d be happy to enlighten you!