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Top Landscape Lighting Tips

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC BK659279 

Have you considered illuminating your landscape?  Here are a few tips for planning and creating a beautiful and enjoyable landscape lighting plan for your home.


Landscape lighting has the power to transform your outdoor space into a magical retreat, enhancing its beauty, safety, and functionality.


Whether you’re looking to highlight architectural features, create ambiance for outdoor gatherings, or improve security around your home, strategically placed lighting can make all the difference.  Like the photo above, lighting can create both ambiance and drama.  



Designing Your Lighting Scheme:


Before diving in, it’s essential to develop a plan that considers both aesthetic and practical considerations. Start by identifying key focal points in your outdoor space, such as trees, shrubs, pathways, and architectural features, that you want to highlight with lighting. Consider the mood you want to create—whether it’s soft and romantic or bright and inviting—and choose lighting fixtures and techniques that complement your desired ambiance and of course, your budget.



Types of Landscape Lighting:


There are various types of landscape lighting fixtures and techniques to choose from, each serving a specific purpose and effect:


  • Path Lights - These low-profile fixtures are perfect for illuminating walkways, driveways, and garden paths, providing both safety and aesthetic appeal.


  • Spotlights - Ideal for highlighting trees, statues, and architectural elements, spotlights create dramatic focal points and add depth and dimension to your landscape.


  • Floodlights - These high-intensity fixtures are excellent for illuminating large areas such as patios, decks, and outdoor living spaces, providing ample light for entertaining and security purposes.


  • Accent Lighting - Use accent lighting to draw attention to specific features or areas of interest, such as water features, garden beds, or outdoor artwork, adding visual interest and ambiance to your landscape.


Installation Tips:


Proper installation is key to achieving optimal results with landscape lighting. Here are some tips to keep in mind:


  • Plan Your Layout - Before installing any fixtures, map out your lighting layout on paper or with temporary markers to ensure proper placement and coverage.


  • Use Quality Fixtures - Invest in high-quality lighting fixtures that are weather-resistant and durable, ensuring longevity and performance in outdoor conditions.


  • Consider Energy Efficiency - Opt for LED lighting fixtures, which are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, reducing your carbon footprint and saving on energy costs over time.


  • Install Timers or Sensors - Consider installing timers or motion sensors to automate your lighting system, providing convenience and security while conserving energy.



Landscape lighting is an art form that can elevate the beauty and functionality of your outdoor space in countless ways.


By carefully planning your lighting scheme, selecting the right fixtures and techniques, and implementing proper installation practices, you can create an outdoor oasis that dazzles day and night.


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Joyce Marsh, Broker/Owner

Joyce Marsh Real Estate Company

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John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Joyce Marsh these are very good list of tips for top landscape lighting. Very nice photo!

May 19, 2024 08:18 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow what an awesome photo and clearly illustrates your post as to how to property light the area, Endre

May 19, 2024 11:00 PM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

What a pretty picture!   I need landscaping tips and lighting tips both!

May 20, 2024 02:52 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Joyce,

I love exterior lighting and we had our house illuminated years ago and I love it! Landscaping lighting does give me a measure of safety as well as the curb appeal of having my home have good curb appeal!

May 20, 2024 05:06 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Joyce - lighting can be good.  And proper lighting is even better.  Your thoughtful post on the subject provides a lot of suggestions how to create the right environment for you and your property.  

May 20, 2024 05:33 AM