Ideas on Things You Can Do with Landscape Lighting

Landscape Lighting can be integral to the way that your house looks especially in the dark. At Vernon Daniel Associates, we understand how important it is and how much you value your outdoor lighting. We wanted to give you some ideas on things you can do with your landscape lighting: 

  • To light a landscape tree, place each fixture about a foot away from the tree. To highlight the trunk, select bulbs with a tight, 10° – 15° beam spread. To highlight the tree’s branches and foliage, select bulbs with wider “flood” beam spreads. You can even combine different beam spreads to capture the best features of a full tree.
  • A general rule, plan on placing lights six to eight feet apart to keep your pathway bright and well-lit. A rule of thumb is to space lights every six to eight feet but don’t be afraid to space them even closer, especially if you want a particularly vivid effect.
  • Professional suggestion on lumens for various outdoor lights includes path lighting: 100-200 lumens. Step lights: 12-100 lumens. Floodlights: 700-1300 lumens.
  • For lanterns, lumens start out around 40 and can run up to 700 for the brightest modes; most lanterns will offer something in the 150-350 lumen. For just poking around camp at night, 100 lumens is sufficient.
  • Good wattage for outdoor lights is 60-75 watts total of incandescent light per fixture or 20 watts of CFL (compact fluorescent) is ideal for most decorative exterior wall fixtures and post lanterns. Many of our fixtures are rated for more than 60W. The electrical rating is the maximum safe wattage allowed, not the wattage that is the most appropriate.
  • For outdoors or exteriors, light fixtures will only look about half as big on your house when viewed from the street as they do in the showroom. When deciding between two sizesm the larger one is almost always the right choice.

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