When it comes to attractive and effective outdoor landscape lighting for your Palm Beach home, the devil really is in the details. What starts as a project intended to make your home and yard more useful and beautiful can go south pretty quickly if you don’t know what you are doing. I’ve compiled a list of my “Top 5 Don’ts” of Palm Beach landscape lighting for you to use as a guide.
#1: Don’t leave fixtures out in the open where they become a focal point in your yard. The fixtures are the tools that bring light into your landscape. They shouldn’t be what people see when look at your yard, day or night. Some visibility is inevitable, but a quality outdoor lighting design will have an air of mystery about it: where does all that light come from?
#2: Don’t use weak lights. One of the biggest culprits in this area is the solar-powered light. Solar power sounds like a terrific and promising concept for outdoor lighting, but the technology for bringing sufficient light to a yard just isn’t there. If you have weak light around your home, it becomes more of a distraction than anything else. Sometimes it looks worse than no light at all. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Treasure Coast and Palm Beach uses energy efficient LED lights that really pump out the lumens. There is plenty of light for any application.
#3: Don’t light your driveway like a runway. A common pitfall of the easy availability of inexpensive stake lights is that people tend to install them in two parallel lines on either side of a walkway or driveway. The result is a yard that looks like it’s waiting for a Cessna to land. By lighting landscaping features on both sides of a path or driveway you can make a much more attractive display without compromising safety.
#4: Don’t just illuminate one story of your home– unless you live in a one story home. Have you ever driven by a property where the ground floor is lit and the rest of the home looms above in inky blackness? It’s a little creepy and not at all attractive. Professional outdoor lighting designs from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Treasure Coast & Palm Beach work all the way across a house
and from bottom to top: no part of the home is excluded.
#5: Don’t forget to light all changes of elevation. One of the most important reasons to install Palm Beach outdoor landscape lighting is to increase the safety and security of your home. If you fail to light any stairs or irregular places on a walkway or the edges of a patio or deck, you are doing yourself and your guests a disservice. Prevent accidents where you can!
Want some more professional advice on Palm Beach landscape lighting? Give us a call. We’ll come to your home and show you what a difference adding this key outdoor design element will make to your Palm Beach house and garden.
Greg Jett, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Treasure Coast & Palm Beaches