Illumination of landscapes, gardens and outdoor recreational areas is a growing trend that has proven to be increasingly innovative. Landscape lighting is the perfect way to complement your property’s features. With so many options on the market today, knowing which features are most important to you is helpful when shopping for landscape lighting. The main purpose of lighting your landscape There are many diverse options when it comes to lighting your home or business and accentuating the architectural design and property. Do you want to display the front of your home in order to create nighttime aesthetics and increase security? Do you love to entertain and want to bring life to your outdoor living space? From different types of lighting fixtures to different system technologies, the possibilities are endless. What type of lighting is best suited to your needs? Consider the features that are important to you depending on the dynamics of your project. Understanding where you want the lighting to be located and what purpose you want it to serve will help you in the design process. If your lights will be exposed to the elements with minimal coverage, we recommend choosing a copper or aluminum finish. Choosing LED lighting will give you fixtures that will last longer than regular bulbs and save you electrical costs over time. Depending on these factors, there are several types of landscape lighting products to consider. Top/Down Lighting: Ideal when used in a 1-2 storey house and small/medium sized trees. Path lighting: Create a safe, roving path of light to direct guests to the door and throughout the property. Path lights make the patio appear larger by framing it. Attractive and effective track lights increase security and safety while increasing charm and attractiveness. Capstone and Step Lighting: With these stylish indicator lights, you can not only set the perfect mood for any outdoor gathering, but ensure the safety of your guests at the same time. Bistro lights: These lights can add a fun or elegant element to your landscape lighting. There are many different designs that can be used as a temporary or permanent tool to improve your outdoor space. Do you prefer the color changing options or the classic white lighting system? Whether you choose lighting or classic white, you can transform your space into a natural-lit display. With the growth of market awareness, the interest in full color landscape lighting is also growing. A variety of color options are available, making the full color scheme the perfect choice for celebrating holidays and events all year round. No more weekends untangling the Christmas lights! The beauty of this is that your home can go from classic white to color at the touch of a button using advanced smart technology provided by some systems. The advantages of choosing a smart lighting system Imagine how easy it is to be able to control landscape lights from your phone with a smart lighting system. These clever systems allow you to escape the limitations of outdated light sensors and manual timers. Many landscape lighting products on the market today use Bluetooth or Wi-fi. There are also systems that use cloud-based control and scheduling. The main benefit of the cloud-based system is that it allows consistent communication between lights through a wired connection allowing you to control your lights from anywhere! Depending on the smart system you choose, many also offer home automation capabilities with easy-to-use control systems that allow preferences to be set and easy changes to be made within the system. Deciding whether to install yourself or use a professional installer The size and complexity of your project can be a deciding factor in whether you choose to DIY or hire a professional installer. There are many informative videos to be found online, but keep in mind your skill level and experience. Being ambitious is great, but if you’re doing a landscape lighting project to be budget-conscious sometimes, you’ll end up costing more in the long run. If you choose to go the DIY route, make sure you are prepared, do your research and always remember that safety comes first! If you decide to hire a professional installer, there are many reputable companies out there. Check their qualifications, reviews and even ask for references to ensure you receive a quality service. Many companies will offer a nightly demo, so you can see what your lights will look like before you install them. No matter what options you choose, it’s amazing how adding landscape lighting can change the look of your property. With several customizable options, you can select a few highlight lights or an entire system based on the look and technology you’re looking for. Installing landscape lighting allows you to enjoy the beauty of your home and outdoor living areas even after the sun goes down! About the author: Chris McCoy is the founder of Haven Lighting. Haven Lighting is a leading manufacturer of intelligent Wi-Fi-enabled landscape lighting systems, featuring unique LED products with unparalleled brightness, vivid color and white temperature adjustment.