Common landscape lighting problems

When most homeowners consider installing landscaping, they’re thinking about designing an outdoor oasis full of lush greenery and colorful flowers. They’re thinking of trees to shade seating areas and provide privacy from neighboring yards. They’re thinking of an expanse of soft grass where kids can play.

What some people fail to consider until after installing their landscaping is how they will use their yard space after dark. Although most houses have outdoor lighting at the entryways, this simply might not be enough to provide the illumination you want for practical or aesthetic purposes.

When you forget to add lighting until the yard is complete, you could also end up with visible wiring and other issues. There are, of course, solutions to every landscape lighting problem. Here are a few common issues and how you can correct them.

Adequate Illumination

First and foremost, your landscape lighting needs to provide adequate coverage and brightness to meet your practical needs.  You’ll need to illuminate pathways and patios so that family and friends need not stumble around in the dark. The simple solution, of course, is adding more lighting.  Luckily, your options are practically unlimited.

You could install pathway lights that are low to the ground, lampposts reminiscent of park lighting, or carriage house lights on structures. You could string lights over your patio for more uniform illumination of the space or install flood lights for security.

Your lighting need not be merely functional, though. Once you determine which areas of your landscape require lighting and how much, you should also consider aesthetics like using light to showcase your beautiful landscaping. Your goals in terms of form and function don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Visible Power Cords

When you add lighting after you complete your landscaping renovation, you may be loath to disrupt your sod by digging trenches to conceal wiring. Wireless lighting options do exist, or you could opt for solar-powered solutions. Otherwise you’ll have to find ways to conceal power cords throughout your yard.

High Costs

Generally speaking, lighting your residential landscape design won’t carry the same price tag as, say, lighting the interior of a structure.  It can still get pretty pricy for the average homeowner. There are a number of ways to cut costs, however.

For example, using solar-powered lighting not only gets rid of unsightly wiring, but also comes with no energy costs. If this isn’t an option because of limited sunlight in your area or limited exposure in your yard, consider upgrading to outdoor LED lighting in fixtures.  This is a great way to significantly reduce energy costs and the frequency of replacing bulbs.