9 Steps to Beautiful outdoor lighting
Do you need to design beautiful outdoor home lighting for both security and ambience in your landscape?
Follow these 9 steps to get the lighting design of your dreams!
Step 1: Why are you designing the lighting system?
First come up with the top reasons you are designing your outdoor lighting. Do you have a favorite tree or area in your yard that your enjoy the most? Maybe you have a gazebo or nice architectural lines on the home itself. Where is light important to you in terms of lighting pathways and entrances?
Also, come up with things you don’t like looking at in your yard. Do you see the neighbor’s house, or garbage cans?
Think of all the thinks that you’d like to focus on and highlight and integrate into your new outdoor lighting design.
Step 2: sketch out the landscape of your home
Sketch out the landscape of your property so that it is like you are looking down on it. You can get a copy of your property assessment from your local county assessor’s office that can assist you in sketching your home closer to scale. If you can’t get the assessment, draw the outline to the best of your abilities
Step 3: A new design layer
Take a sheet of tracing paper draw in the areas that are not on the original drawing such as landscape plants, garden areas, and any other areas that you have added since you purchased the home.
Step 4: Design your lighting priorities
Our lighting design kit would be a valuable resource on this and the following steps in your outdoor lighting design plan. This is the step where you determine what areas from step one that you want to light, and what you want to hide.
Take another sheet of tracing paper and place it on top of the existing layers that you’ve drawn up to this point, and sketch out the lighting areas you want.
(NOTE:) If you are having us design and install your outdoor lighting, you can stop at this step, and we will take care of the rest!
Step 5: Try out your plan with temporary lighting
Gather some extension cords, and a fixtures. Get a couple of different bulbs with different wattage, and a few flood lights. If you don’t have these, and don’t want to purchase items just to try them out. We offer a free consultation and can design and experiment for you.
You’ll want to start by placing the lights out before dark, and then experiment with the lighting to see how you like it after dark. Try this for a few days to learn what you like.
Step 6: Calculate how much power you need
After determining where you want to place all of the lights, you will need to determine if your existing electrical panel will be able to handle the extra power required to run your design. You want to determine your wire run lengths, new circuits you need, and how many transformers you will need so that your new lighting does not overload your existing panel.
Step 7: Choose your lights and materials
Now that you have designed, experimented and calculated everything you need to achieve your goals, you can now determine which fixtures you want to use.
Low Voltage systems have some advantages as well as using LED bulbs. We can help you determine what works best for your budget and ideas.
Step 8: The Final Plan
You’re almost done! Calculate the costs associated with all of you work, and double check the design, lighting angles, and any other installation requirements.
Step 9: Get YOur plan Checked
If you want to install the lighting yourself, and are familiar with electricity, you still want to have your plans checked by a licensed electrician. You can also decide how much of your plan you want to install yourself or have a contractor do for you.
You can consider doing the design in stages, but make sure you have all the systems in place at the beginning to be able to add to them later.
Designing your outdoor lighting system is a fun way to use your imagination, but make sure that you take the time to cover each step. Hire an electrical contractor to design, consult or do the installation for you if all of this is overwhelming!
Make sure to check out our FREE Luxury Lighting Design Info Kit to help guide you to the outdoor lighting design of your dreams!