Lighting Strategies & Techniques for the Front of Your House

Pathway Lighting

The front of your house is like a blank canvas. You can accentuate the nicest areas of your property with strategically-placed lighting, as well as special features and walkways that add to your home’s curb appeal.

Following are some key ideas and strategies for front-of-house lighting. You’ll learn some recommended practices and simple lighting errors to avoid.

Effective Outdoor Lighting

When developing a residential landscape lighting plan, designers should adhere to three crucial design elements: cohesion, depth, and focal points.

1. Cohesion refers to the overall impression you want to convey with consistency. For example: Highlight the backdrop, middle sections, and borders of your property to ensure that your lighting scheme is consistent. Avoid creating large, dark areas because they draw away from your property.

2. The front of your house is a three-dimensional space. Choose lights with varying spreads that are high, medium, or low in wattage to create depth and make the most of the space. Position lighting components that maximize your available area.

3. Consider your home’s prominent features when deciding where to place lights and select the features you want to highlight. Individual areas of your house could serve as the focal points. For example, you could draw attention to a special water feature, seating spaces, or the front door itself.

Uplighting and Moonlighting

Uplighting Moonlighting
Uplighting and Moonlighting

Two techniques that draw attention to tall landscape elements in front of your house are known as uplighting and moonlighting. Installing upward-facing lights beneath trees or other architectural features is known as uplighting. Moonlighting simulates moonlight shining upon a structure and is produced by mounting a light on a tree pointing downwards. Moonlighting minimizes dark spots and softly illuminates large areas of your landscape. With moonlighting, lighting fixtures should ideally hang from a tree with a canopy and be at least 25 feet high.

Silhouetting and Shadowing

shadow lighting
Shadow Lighting

Casting a wide, uniform light on an outside wall between the wall and a landscape feature is called silhouetting, giving a brilliant background.

Silhoutte Lighting
Silhouetting

Shadowing includes “drawing” patterns on walls by shining a light on an object, with the object’s shadow cast on the wall. It’s an attractive technique for lighting low-lying vegetation. Shadowing is especially helpful for homes with vinyl siding or untextured exterior walls as it adds variety.

Path Illumination

Pathway Lighting
Path Illumination

If you have pathways in the front your house, you can illuminate them with path-lighting to enhance your home’s appearance. Path-lighting should be evenly-spaced on either side of the walkway, with lighting pointing downward.

Professional Outdoor Lighting for the Front of Your House

Call Austex Sprinklers for beautiful, expertly-designed and personalized landscape lighting solutions. We are dedicated to providing premium quality, hassle-free installation, and complete client satisfaction. With landscape lighting from Austex Sprinklers, you can use your outside spaces well into the evening in safety and comfort.

For a free consultation on the best landscape lighting for your property, contact us at: (512) 721-8564.

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