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Landscaping Lighting Tips to Enjoy Your Outdoor Oasis

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A little landscape lighting can make a world of difference in how your outdoor space shines. If you don’t know where to start with adding landscape lighting or upgrading your landscape lighting, try walking around your property at night and seeing what areas you want to highlight or entertain in. Next, give the experts a call. A licensed and insured contractor like Valley Landscaping can help you bring your vision for your outdoor spaces to life. Types of fixtures, placement, and function are all taken into consideration as part of every free consultation. Give us a call today with your questions. 

Landscape Lighting Tips

When it comes to choosing landscape lighting, it’s important to consider how the lighting will be seen during the day and at night. Whether it’s for lighting pathways or other outdoor spaces, there are some universal design principles related to lighting. Lighting is generally divided into three types based on what they do.

Task Lighting

This type of lighting is for something specific, like lighting a pathway.

Accent Lighting

This lighting uses spotlights or floodlights to bring attention to something like an entertaining space or a particular planting, such as a special tree. 

Overall Lighting

As it suggests, this type of lighting gives ambiance to an entire area or space.

When it comes to lightbulbs, there is a variety suitable for outdoor use. Incandescent bulbs are pleasant to look at but don’t last long and are less energy efficient than other choices. Halogen bulbs are more efficient and last longer. Fluorescent bulbs are available in a range of colors, have a long bulb life, and consume less energy. LED lighting can be more expensive, but you’ll get the longest life span out of these, and they are the most energy-efficient option. Solar lighting is also an option to consider and, of course, is the most eco-friendly choice of all.

Design and Installation Services 

Having a landscape contractor who does top-notch work will make all the difference in your landscape lighting project. Always ask for references and check that they are licensed and insured to do work in your area. Reliable and reputable contractors will be able to show you a portfolio of work and customer testimonials. 

It’s also a good idea to have them review all the services they can provide to you for your landscape lighting and other landscape or hardscape needs. Ask if they offer custom work in case your project requires some out-of-the-box details. Every project won’t be exactly the same, and you want to make sure a contractor can fulfill your needs so that you’re not wasting their time or yours. At Valley Landscaping, we create a landscape design that is based on your wants, needs, and budget. We offer a variety of services, including:

  • Hardscape services
  • Landscaping designs
  • Paver patios & walkways
  • Custom paving solutions

Valley Landscaping Lighting Expertise

At Valley Landscaping, we are proud to offer landscape, hardscape, and outdoor maintenance services in Maryland. Outdoor living is an extension of your home, and lighting can bring life to your outdoor spaces any time of day, in any season. Whether it’s adding a string of Edison bulbs for entertaining or installing deck lighting to illuminate walkways and stairs, our team is ready to work with you and your budget in order to make your vision come to life. Outdoor landscape lighting options include:

  • Pathway lighting
  • Uplighting 
  • Stake mount lighting
  • Surface mount wall lighting 
  • Tree-mounted downlights 
  • Patio lighting
  • Step lighting

If you are interested in installing residential landscape lighting in Catonsville, call us at 410.983.6261 today to book a free consultation for your landscape lighting needs.