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Essential Garden Lighting Tips Property Developers Swear By

One of the most important areas often overlooked by even established property developers is effective garden lighting. It’s amazing how strategic and thoughtful approach to lighting can transform any exterior living space into a true work of art. If you’re looking to enhance every bloom, blossom and beautiful accent your garden features, creative lighting is a good way of going about it.

Here’s a brief overview of several essential garden lighting tips from the very best property developers:

1.  Focus on Features

Just as would be the case around the home, feature lighting can (and should) be used around the garden. Think carefully about which elements you are most proud of and would like to present as central focus points. Outdoor features can be particularly effectively enhanced with both up-lighting and down-lighting. Most property developers advise plenty of experimentation, in order to get it right. In addition, you might want to think about any features you plan to add to your garden in future.

2.  Build Atmosphere

Don’t make the mistake of simply blasting the exterior space with overly bright lighting. Do like the best property developers do and build an immersive atmosphere, focusing on the contrast between light and dark. Concentrate on both the areas you intend to light and the shadows created by key features. Quite often, the areas and features that remain in darkness add to the ambience more than those that are illuminated. Darkness can be just as beautiful as light.

3.  Keep It Elegant

Install a wide variety of low-power lighting fixtures around the garden. This creates a much more elegant and enjoyable ambience than fewer, more powerful fixtures. It’s the same as with internal lighting once again, as all leading property developers will tell you. Elegant lamps, candles and so on create an entirely different mood to a single central lighting fixture. The key lying in mixing and matching as much as possible.

4.  Hidden Sources

The effectiveness of an external illumination project can be further intensified by keeping the lighting sources out of view. The reason being that this creates an illusion of ‘natural’ light. Or in other words, light for which there doesn’t appear to be an obvious source. Strategically positioning the fixtures and choosing those that blend in with their surroundings are good ways of keeping lighting sources concealed.

5. Silhouettes

Another incredibly powerful visual element to work with outdoors is that of the silhouette. For example, to position a lighting fixture directly behind a larger tree may not provide a lot of practical illumination. Nevertheless, the way in which it highlights and intensifies the dark silhouette of the tree to those in front of it can be incredible. The result is a truly extraordinary central feature in its own right. The same also goes for any other plants, ornaments and features that could produce striking silhouettes in the darkness. 

6. Experiment with Colour

The most capable property developers also know the true importance of colour. Exactly what represents the ideal lighting/filter colour will be determined by the specifics of the outdoor space in question. Nevertheless, there is endless scope for experimentation and it is never advisable to instinctively stick with bright-white lighting. Blues, reds, greens and yellows can be particularly effective when put to use appropriately. Once again, it might be necessary to use a trial and error approach to see what works. In any case, don’t make the mistake of sticking with brilliant white light alone.

7. Independent Controls

Last up, it’s always better to have a creative external lighting system with as many independent controls as necessary. That being, as opposed to a single on/off switch that controls everything. Consider the installation of dimmers, automatic timers and movement sensors for the most flexible, dynamic and impressive results. Alternatively, you could go the whole hog and install the kinds of automated timers and sensors that take over. 

The long and short of it being that when it comes to quality lighting, creativity is key. The more time and effort you put in, the more you stand to get out as a result.

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