You want your home to be your personal escape from the world on the inside and the outside, which is why outdoor lighting design is becoming so important to many homeowners.
More and more people today are going to great lengths to make their lawns an extension of their living areas.
But, should you hire a professional to design your outdoor lighting for you or is this a project you can do yourself? These pros and cons may be able to help you decide the right course of action for your lawn design needs.
Pros of Professional Lighting Design
The benefits of professionals for lighting design are many. Professional landscape and lighting artists know the best way to showcase certain features of your garden while limiting the visibility of potential flaws and/or problem areas. They also can properly light your lawn so that shadows are chased away and you can feel perfectly safe to enjoy the great outdoors.
Cons of Professional Lighting Design
There is one primary downside to professional outdoor lighting design that stops many homeowners in their tracks. It’s expensive to hire expert help when planning and designing your garden area – not to mention installing and implementing those plans. It is much more cost effective to do it yourself whenever you have even the most basic of skills.
Creating Your Own Outdoor Lighting Design Plan
You know your lawn better than anyone. You also know how you intend to utilize the space within your own lawn and/or garden. This means that you are the best qualified person to plan where you’ll need lighting and how much lighting you’re going to need. You should also decide on whether you’re interested in solar lights that come on as the sun sets each evening, motion sensor lights that only come on when motion is detected, or hardwired lights that must be turned on and off whenever you plan to use your outdoor living area.
Lighting Kits – An Investment Worth Making
Once you have a plan in place it’s time to get busy lighting up your backyard. The good news is that there are a lot of great DIY kits that include all the equipment that will be needed along with instructions and a detailed list of additional tools, if any, that are needed to get the job done. These kits are a little more expensive than buying the individual pieces and parts but then you don’t have to worry about making sure everything is a perfect fit. For most do it yourselfers this is a completely worthy expense.
In the end, your goal with outdoor lighting design is to create a place where you and your family can relax and unwind in the great outdoors after a long day cooped up at work or school. Keep the lighting subtle and take care that your lighting doesn’t become a problem for your neighbors in order to maintain good relations. Do these things and you can invest the money you saved on a professional lighting designer in a hot tub or barbecue grill.