If you are looking for outdoor landscape lighting ideas, you have come to the right place! You may be asking: What is the best outdoor landscape lighting product for me? Should I start with the front yard landscape lighting or just the backyard? Do I need accent lighting for the structure of my house or only for the landscape beds, shrubs, and trees? What about the walkway and driveway? What’s the best kind of outdoor lighting for safety and security purposes? You are not the only one with so many questions! There are many people in your shoes. As experts in our field, Houston Landscape Pros would like to put all your questions to rest. In solving your landscape lighting needs, we only use the best products for our clients. We will design the best look for your home and will guarantee satisfaction for many years to come.
Why Kichler landscape lighting?
As a company, Houston Landscape Pros prides itself on using quality products. Therefore, we choose Kichler for all of our outdoor landscape lighting projects. Kichler landscape lighting products have the best performance because they have accounted for all the common problems that arise with outdoor lighting. For more than 25 years, Kichler has been committed to offering the most comprehensive professional landscape lighting line in the industry. In other words, they make fixtures specially designed for flexibility, superior efficiency, durability, and rock-solid performance. If you still have unanswered questions, visit our landscape lighting-FAQ page.
All front yard landscape lighting ideas aim to improve the visibility of the home while focusing on landscape and structural features. The design of the landscape dictates the lighting placement. For instance, we focus on the structure of the house when the landscape consists of groundcovers and small shrubs. In this case, we use what pros call wall wash lighting fixtures to highlight the color and texture of the homes. Refer to picture 1. On the other hand, we shift the focus to the landscape features when the landscape design has greater height variety. This shift happens when taller plants like firs, hedges, or small trees are placed against the house. In this case, the shadowing technique is a great option to create intrigue to the structure while focusing on the landscape feature. Refer to picture 2. Of course, accent lighting on floating island beds is always a good idea.
Front Yard Lighting Picture 1
Uplighting trees is an art form that the outdoor landscape lighting contractor has mastered through experience. It requires knowing the shape of the tree and its growth patterns. Moreover, it requires attention to detail and design. A tree’s position within the landscape design will affect how it is lit. Since no two trees are the same, pros developed some basic rules that are helpful to reference when lighting any tree. Small deciduous trees, also known as evergreen trees, usually call for only one outdoor lighting fixture. By contrast, a large tree (60-100 feet) needs a mixture of accent lights with different angles. The picture on the right gives an idea of how pros place outdoor lighting fixtures depending on tree size. The primary goal is for your landscape lighting to look right the first time. Houston Landscape Pros can help you with uplighting your trees the right way.
Small Landscape ligthing Tree
- Single accent 35°: Most small, deciduous trees only need one accent light, but it’s essential to take viewing angle into account. If viewed from two sides, the tree may benefit from two accent lights.
- Canopy-aimed: The fixture should graze the trunk and point up into the canopy for maximum effect.
- Recommended fixture: Small VLO accent 35°
Medium Landscape Lighting Tree
- Cross-lighting: While it is possible to use one 60° accent, it is better in most cases to use two 35° lights because they will direct more concentrated light into the canopy.
- Position the accent lights, so they graze the trunk but are focused on the canopy.
- Recommended fixtures: One small VLO 60° or two small VLO 35°
Large Landscape Tree
- Different angles: A large tree (60-100 feet) will require a combination of accent lights with different angles.
- Place one 15° accent light at the base of the tree, highlighting the trunk up to the point where the branches begin.
- Place 2-3 accent lights (35° or 60°) away from the trunk, pointing into the canopy.
- Please 1-2 accent lights in the canopy, pointing up.
- Tree-mount junction box required: For each light in the canopy, use a tree-mount junction box (15609AZT) with stand-off screws, so the tree has room to grow. Each junction box will provide a mounting location for one accent light. Connections and wire nuts go inside the box. Run the wire up the non-visible or least-visible side of the trunk and fasten it to the trunk with cable clamps, making sure that the wire can still move with the tree. Leave some extra wire at the base of the tree to allow for tree growth.
- Recommended fixtures: Large VLO 15° for the trunk, large VLO 35° or 60° for the canopy
Large Landscape Fir
- Total capture: Two accent lights with a 60° beam spread to light up the tree on two sides, creating 360° of visual interest.
- Greater distance: With firs, the fixtures should be placed farther away from the base and should shine directly onto the tree (rather than aiming up into the canopy).
- Recommended fixtures: Small or large VLO accent 35° or 60°