We all know the importance of installing landscape lighting for walkways, stairs and access areas of your garden for safety reasons. We can also appreciate the impact it has on the overall security of your property. Perhaps just as important though, is creating ambience within your garden making it as appealing in the evening as it is by day. At Enlightened, we focus on subtly adding a glow to your garden and with well executed outdoor pathway lighting we will ensure you and your guests can wander about without the concern of taking a spill with a glass of wine in hand!
Nothing is more welcoming to your dinner guests as they arrive to your home than a well-lit garden. Walking up the garden path to your front door will be an experience as well as guide your visitors to the main entrance. While many property owners install path lighting for the purpose of safety without much consideration to aesthetics, at Enlightened we go beyond simply sticking in an even row of ankle-high lights into the ground causing your pathway to look more like an airport runway.
We aim to integrate the light fixtures within you garden, softening the outdoor spaces while providing functionality. This also applies to lighting up the stairs of your homes entrance or throughout the landscape where there is a change in levels. We specify fixtures that can be installed within the step’s surface giving each tread a gentle glow, enough to ensure your guests safety in low or no light situations.
Mixing integrated path light fixtures with other ambient light sources, such as up lights, you can add dimension and depth to your garden. By placing the lights within the garden bed rather than butted up to the edge of your walkway, you will also maximize the spread of the light and direct your visitor’s eye to a wider, controlled area. The overall result will be a more natural look, highlighting the beauty of your home and garden without drowning it in light.
Landscape lighting for walkways guides your guests through your garden whilst highlighting various focal points of your outdoor design. And let’s face it; if you have worked hard on creating an impressive garden, you want to show it off to your friends in both the evening and daylight. While creating a meandering path of light, you can select simple, inconspicuous fixtures so you don’t see the lights themselves; you see what they are lighting up, bringing more focus to your property. Rather than flooding the entire path with a blanket of bright light, you can achieve subtle pools of low light on the ground still providing safety, but softening the overall aspect.
Guests exploring your garden will be able to fully appreciate the unique features and hidden treasures within the outdoor space that makes your garden so special. A well-designed lighting plan will combine pathway lighting to guide your guests to the specific area and framing their view with up lights, bringing attention to a specimen tree, fountain, sculpture or art piece significant to your property. With the lights working together, you will be able to enhance the mood and atmosphere of your garden further dramatizing the space.
There are common mistakes made when installing outdoor pathway lighting within your garden including:
- Placing lights too closely together in a straight line creating a runway effect
- Installing lights that are too bright and over flood the space
- Lights shining up into the face of your guests and creating a glare
- No consideration to the role outdoor lights plays in the design aesthetics and mood of your garden.
An individually tailored lighting plan from Enlightened will focus on enhancing the natural beauty of your landscape while ensuring all safety needs are met. As you and your guests explore your garden in the evening light, it will be the subtle ambience you will be appreciating rather than your attention being on the lighting fixtures themselves.