A neatly manicured front yard propagates a soothing feel in morning but in the absence of proper lighting, the same yard would haunt you up at night. Everyone wishes for a pleasantly lit front yard because it boosts elegance of the house and is a dream place for relaxing, partying and mind freshening. Front yard lighting is lot more than placing handful of post lights or flood lights; it has rather become a thoughtful process in modern homes.
Make a sketch of your yard including the positions of plantations, any decorative spot like a waterfall and already existing lights. Usually, electrical connections are installed in the yard during development phase. In case, they are not there, you need to bring home an electrician that can provide you with the lighting connections.
This sketch will help you decide the number of lights and the type of fixtures required for proper illumination. Also, decide on what you want to specifically highlight in the yard. If it is a waterfall, fixtures such as Gimble Out 90 In-ground Luminaire will do the job just fine. If it is the handsomely paved path, pieces like Wetsy Power LED In-ground Luminaire are perfect and incase they are the shrubs at the corners of the yard, pieces like Aqua Toma 23 Outdoor Wall Sconce are the most suitable.
Focus on the requirement
The point to be illuminated would decide the type of fixture you need. For ambient light, flood lights ideally are the first option. New generation LED flood lights, for instance pieces like LED Outdoor Wall/Ceiling Beam Light are more energy-efficient and emit less heat. The dispersed radiance of these lights would make the dew drops shine like little beads.
If you have a sitting arrangement in your yard with a roof, a hanging lantern or chandeliers are your go-to choices. The lantern would develop the traditional ambience of a faraway cottage where families would go for weekends. Contemporary designs are available as well. On the other hand, chandeliers give more light and are much closer to the modern tone. From wide array of chandeliers, mini ones are best suited for front yards.
They impart ample amount of light and consume less space. Fixtures such as Fil De Fer LED Pendant Light come in round shape and look majestic in the dark. Post lights come in to play when you want to brighten up your yard’s pathway. The glass walls protected by intricately designed frames are what lend post lights a grand look. You can imagine yourself walking through a fairyland when these lights dazzle at night. Fixtures such as Campanone outdoor pendant light are stylish choices and are sure short way to get your job done.
Don’t forget the plantations
If you wish to make your specifically cut bushes sparkle at night, string lights is a marvelous option. The glow of these lights filters through the closely packed branches of the bushes or shrubs, giving off a magical feel. Pieces like Adjust GU10 Outdoor Ground Luminaire are LED powered and come with a complete mounting kit. String lights can also be employed overhead to your outdoor sitting space where it is hung in series arrangement.
Installing wall sconces at the perimeter of the yard would also make your plantations noticeable, alongside giving the carpet of grass a delicate glimmer. They can also be placed behind a feature to create a silhouetting effect. They offer no obstruction inside the yard so that is an added advantage. Look for fixtures that are without arms for example pieces like CV Spot 80 Flood/Object Light. Kids love to play with lights and having fixtures with extensions are likely to get loose with children’s ‘gentle pat’.