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Your Vision Lighting team of Sarasota, FL is a full service, low voltage outdoor lighting contractor. Landscape lighting makes your home inviting from the inside out, creating pleasure and enjoyment for you, your family and your guests. Whether you want a soft glow from an inconspicuous light fixture, or a dramatic elegant statement, Vision Lighting will design lighting for your home, country club, hotel or dock to suit your taste and budget.
Whether you are considering integrating a unique new lighting system into your landscape, or re-purposing a facet of an existing one, Vision Lighting can help you shape and realize your dreams.
Designing your landscape lighting always starts by considering how you intend to use the space. Do you like to entertain and need good lighting on pathways, lanai's and pools? Do the kids want to play soccer on the lawn after dusk? Or do you simply want to enjoy a beautiful view as you drive up to your home each evening? Here, we will share our pro tips for designing with lights.
In addition to thinking about how you plan to use the space, there are design considerations as well. Lights can help you safely travel down a pathway, but they can also provide a gorgeous view and allow you to enjoy your landscaping even after dark. The design elements of your layout are every bit as important as the function of your layout. Keep in mind:
Views from indoors - We look out of every window in the house to make sure our design is integrating the lighting with the landscape. We want to capture a beautiful scene from every window.
Focal points - We like to choose one or two elements in each area to draw attention to. Palm trees, with their reddish-brown bark and dark green foliage, make a great focal point when lit from below at the base of the tree. We want to accent what Sense of depth - We use some lights along pathways, some on the house, and some within landscaped beds to provide a feeling of depth in the landscape.
Ambient vs. spotlighting - Ambient lighting creates atmosphere by gently lighting an entire area, while spotlighting draws strong attention to a particular feature. “We use both broad and focused beams within the landscape.
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Lighting strategies There are three main ways you can aim lights to get a particular result in the landscape.
Down-lighting creates diffuse, gentle light by aiming lights downward, usually from a tree. I might ask my clients, if I could give you a full moon every night, wouldn’t you want to do that?
Up-lighting is all about the drama of bold shadows and strong effects. By aiming the lights upwards into a tree or onto an architectural feature, you emphasize the contrast of dark shadows with bright light.
Cross-lighting is when you eliminate shadows by lighting a focal point from both sides. Pygmy date palms, ornamental grass, and small birds of paradise look incredible when cross-lit.
What areas should you light?
There are many benefits of landscape lighting, it helps improve the safety and security of your home and adds functionality and beauty. Here are the most common areas to light:
Pathways are important both for safety and for beauty, but you don’t always need to use path lights right along the side. We suggest mixing directional path lights with ambient lighting within the landscaped bed for a more natural look.
Lanai's are where we spend time with family and have conversations, so diffuse down-lighting from the pool cage frames to get that candle lit effect without blinding people.
Trees are an ideal candidate for uplighting or crosslighting. Wherever there’s a palm or oak tree, it makes an ideal focal point. You can also create downlighting effects by placing lights within tree branches and aiming them downwards at a driveway, pathway or garden bed.
Water features can be lit as well. While we don’t think of electricity and water as natural partners, in fact many landscape lights are meant for underwater use. We nestle lights in between rocks or in water fountains so you see the effect of the light without seeing the fixtures.
Architectural elements on the home can also be lit to great effect. If you have a $500 tree and a $500,000 home, why would you focus only on the tree? We like to light up pillars, stacked stone, or other architectural features.
Driveways don’t need a lot of lights, as most people using a driveway will have their headlights on. But you can beautify the journey to the home by lighting the landscape nearby.
Special effects with lighting There are a lot of ways of playing with light and shadow to create special effects in the landscape. We may suggest filtering light downwards through the canopy of an oak, pine or palm tree to get a lacy shadow effect on a walkway or driveway. We amplify the effect of a focal point by using it to cast a dramatic shadow on the home. And will also aim shadows from palm trees or other structures onto the rippling surface of a water feature. The effects will depend entirely on your own landscape and architecture.