Our Design Philosophy

Our Philosophy is Simple:

Accentuate your home’s architectural features

Provide subtle ambient exterior lights in outdoor spaces

Customize each landscape lighting design to your tastes and preferences

Patrick Harders

Founder of Enlightened Lighting

A Message From Our Founder

Over the past 18 years I’ve spent most of my evenings working on designs. Now, I can see a home during the day and immediately picture in my mind’s eye how it would look with great lighting. However, so many “lighting designers” lack this essential experience. In many cases, they are landscapers or lighting franchisees who have taken a 1 or 2 day class and spent the majority of their time learning about the product, installation, and sales process.

But lighting design isn’t just about technical know-how: there’s artistry involved. With this in mind, we have taken our collective experiences and designed one of the most comprehensive lighting design training programs in the nation. After all, it takes years of hands-on experience to fully understand how to use light to create an amazing outdoor lighting design. There’s so much that goes into a single installation.

Before a single fixture is staked into the ground, you have to take into account the object being lit, the viewing angles, the light source, the beam spread, and the color temperature. The light fixture itself also plays a crucial role in determining whether outdoor lighting will add to the elegance of your home or detract from it. At Enlightened Lighting, we design and manufacture our own LED fixtures, so we know their capabilities. This in-depth knowledge allows us to take our designs to the next level.

I believe that a great lighting design can have a powerful effect on a home. Lighting packs an emotional punch—it’s why I love working on designs so much! With great outdoor lighting, you can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, ease tension and stress, and create the perfect getaway to unwind and relax. It adds drama and atmosphere to your outdoor spaces, allowing you to enjoy your home even after dark.

While a lot may go into the lighting design process, we keep our design philosophy simple: We’ll accentuate your home’s architectural features, provide subtle, ambient exterior lighting in your outdoor spaces, and customize each landscape lighting design according to your tastes and preferences. Our goal is to make your vision come to life, and it’s through our years of experience and our design philosophy that we make that happen.

Following this simple design philosophy, we seek to create a stunning exterior lighting design for every customer, every time.

The greatest compliment we receive is when a homeowner or their neighbors tell us that the finished installation looks as if the outdoor lights have always been there. We aim to bring out the natural beauty of your property without drawing attention to the landscape lighting fixtures or the system itself. Come to us with your own outdoor lighting ideas or let Enlightened Lights suggest design elements based on years of landscape lighting experience in Washington DC and Northern Virginia. Remember, each design is customized according to your distinct tastes for your garden lights or exterior lighting needs. These are lasting, durable professional lighting systems using high quality outdoor light fixtures created to enhance the architectural and landscape beauty of your property. We believe in our products, design, and landscape lighting systems. We proudly serve our clients in Arlington, Fairfax, McLean, Centreville, Prince William and Loudoun in Northern Virginia as well as clients in Washington DC. Call us now or click the button below to schedule your free consultation.

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