That really is an excellent question and one for which most clients want an answer. This is understandable, but often with well-designed outdoor lighting, that eye-arresting effect is less about the number of outdoor lighting fixtures used and more about how they are used. Actually, having too many fixtures is a bad thing as they can easily overwhelm a property with brightness. In these cases, onlookers will notice the light rather than the details of your property. Less, quite often, is more. So how does a professional strike that perfect balance that elevates your property so people don’t even notice the light itself? With knowledge and a few special skills.
A good outdoor lighting designer knows that fixture placement is key to a beautiful system. Installing fixtures in optimal locations enables us to get the most out of the light. Using in-depth knowledge of many fixtures types, we can often do much more with just one fixture than you might expect. We consider the height, width, and texture of on object when determining the appropriate distance from the object and angle for the light.
Beam spread refers to how the light rays spread out from the fixture as they travel to their destination and illuminate the object. Many of the fixtures used by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville and Western NC have options. We can change the spread of the beam in order to alter the light and have a lot of control over it. We could increase it in order to spread the light over a wider area, or we could decrease to bring the light into tighter focus.
Each property is unique, and like good clothing, outdoor lighting is not one-size-fits-all. A good designer works with the homeowner in order to determine what features of his/her property are most important. The designer then showcases these elements. Fully illuminating everything does not create a beautiful effect. Rather, the whole property will look washed out and sterile. However, carefully selecting what is lit and what is shadowed makes an interesting, dynamic scene.
So what about that number of lights? For a custom design, it really is impossible to give a specific number when we are not discussing a specific property. Even dimensions and acreage don’t help us here. Each home is different and will have different needs. However, you may just be surprised by how much effect can be derived from a small number of lights. For that reason, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville and Western NC will bring a lighting kit out to your property in the evening and do a demonstration for you. So give us a call. Let us come out and show you firsthand what we can do. Then once we have gotten to know your property a little better, we can talk numbers.
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