It is always a good idea to start a outdoor lighting project with proper planning. For your next project, you might need some unique outdoor lighting ideas. Although you don’t have to think of something brand new that has never been done before, you do want to use something that is fresh and unique for your yard. Hopefully, you will find some outdoor lighting ideas in this article that will spark some creativity.
Almost anything that you can think of has already been done in landscaping. You may want to look at what other people have done with their outdoor lighting and then use that to stimulate your own ideas and creativity. Even so, that doesn’t mean you can’t do something that is unique to your yard. The layout of your yard may provide you with an opportunity to do something that is a bit different from anything else. But, the basic principles of landscaping apply to everyone.
Use What You Already Have
In addition to using proven ideas, don’t be afraid to use what you already have in your landscape. Although you will no doubt need to purchase some lighting fixtures and other equipment, you can illuminate the existing features in your yard such as shrubs, trees, and other objects before you need to plant anything new.
For your first lighting project, a good place to start is with silhouette lighting or backlighting. If you have an interesting object in your yard, such as a large tree or fountain, consider lighting it from behind for a dramatic silhouette effect. To do this you will need to place a low power light directly behind the figure to highlight it and create the silhouette.
Another great lighting idea is downlighting. The way to create downlighting is to place a light on a high point such as a tree, post, or wall, and point it down on an object. This will create an interesting type of “moonlight” effect. You can also use different colored lights or filters with the downlighting fixtures to provoke different moods and lighting textures.
Finally, rather than lighting as a single unit, think about lighting your garden areas in groups. Lay out your garden in a grid and light individual parts at a time. By treating garden area as its own individual section, you can highlight notable features and give the area exactly what it needs to look great.