By Lani Furbank
A survey published by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), revealed that outdoor lighting looks to be the second most popular outdoor design element of 2016.
The Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey asked landscape architects to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design projects for the year 2016. Respondents rated projects that conserved water among the most popular overall, and lighting ranked second in the category of outdoor design elements.
The survey showed that homeowners are increasingly interested in sustainable design — namely rainwater and graywater harvesting — to build outdoor spaces that are beautiful and beneficial for the environment. Other popular sustainable projects include native and drought-tolerant plants, permeable paving, rain gardens, and reduced lawn area.
These eco-friendly design elements are among the best ways to make your backyard greener, along with energy-efficient LED lighting. Lighting ranked in the top three most popular outdoor design elements (with 66.7% popularity), along with fire pits/fireplaces (74.95%) and wireless/internet connectivity (65.86%).
At Enlightened Lighting, we are noticing an increase in demand for outdoor lighting systems. Fifteen years ago, outdoor lighting was a bit of an anomaly in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Now, some degree of outdoor lighting is on practically every front porch or walkway.
This is likely due to the increased popularity of elaborately equipped outdoor spaces. Stone patios, pools, fire pits, and other amenities were also rare a few decades ago. Now, as residents start to design their backyards to accommodate spending more time outside, they realize that lighting plays a crucial role in truly enjoying that space.
Adding lighting to your property can transform your backyard into an oasis that’s perfect for relaxing or entertaining. At Enlightened Lighting, we strive to find the right balance of just enough light to see your friends, family, and food, while creating subtle and understated ambience for an evening by the fire pit.
Exterior lighting is a practical addition to a home. Being able to see what surrounds your home at night gives you peace of mind knowing that the eerie rustling noises are nothing more than the trees.
If you’re ready to be a part of the trend and join the thousands of other homeowners in Northern Virginia who are discovering the benefits of outdoor lighting, contact Enlightened Lighting today for a free consultation!