We all know how we look and feel after a bad haircut. We wonder what our stylist was hearing as we explained the minor trim we came in for. Sometimes getting a bad haircut is worse than not getting one at all. The same can be said for bad outdoor lighting. When outdoor lighting is done by someone other than a professional company like Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Memphis, you may wish you hadn’t had anything at all installed.
Driving around Memphis at night, and being in the outdoor lighting business, I often look at homes with landscape lighting and quickly access the problem areas and mistakes made that end up making the home look worse than if it didn’t have lighting at all. There are some common outdoor lighting mistakes done by DIY’ers or even companies that try to do lighting as a side business. Some of the common mistakes include:
The Glow Stick Effect: When it comes to outdoor lighting, solar powered lights seem like a good idea but the technology doesn’t’ provide enough lighting to make it work in an outdoor application. In fact, when I see solar lighting I often think of the glow sticks my kids used to love to wear at night. Glow sticks give children hours of enjoyment but they certainly can’t light your landscaping effectively all night long.
The Deer in the Headlights Effect: You know what I’m talking about here. You’re walking your guests out after a nice evening and as soon as you open the door a spotlight is shining in their eyes instead of on your home or landscaping. Outdoor lighting professionals know how to place landscaping lights so the light doesn’t shine in your eyes or through your windows; it merely highlights the architectural features of your home or the textures of your landscaping.
The Runway Effect: Probably the most common error when installing outdoor lighting for driveways and pathways is the runway effect. Path lighting should be staggered to give off enough ambient light to highlight the path and the landscaping around it. Setting up too many fixtures in a parallel pattern or straight line makes your pathways and driveways look more like a runway waiting for a small aircraft to land.
Don’t become victim to the three most common lighting mistakes for your Memphis home. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Memphis today and we’ll custom design an landscape lighting plan that will not only avoid these common mishaps but will make your home and landscaping look so beautiful you’ll fall in love all over again. Give us a call today for your free consultation.