6 of the Most Common Mistakes Designers Make When Planning Out Landscape LED Lighting
What the exterior of your house looks like in the day is vastly different from what visitors will see at night. And that’s good because, with landscape LED lighting, you get a chance to emphasize the best parts of your garden, yard, or walkways with perfectly-positioned lighting fixtures.
But before you start looking up LED light providers, let’s talk about some of the common mistakes that designers make when it comes to landscape LED lighting designs.
Mishandling the Budget
You truly get what you pay for. While a cheap system might sound good today, failure rates are considerably higher the less you pay. From the craftsmanship to the materials, try to budget a little higher to get a quality landscape LED lighting job that will last you several years.
Using the Wrong Types of Lights
Here at Regal Lighting, we’ve dealt with many configurations of different lighting fixtures. In fact, we can safely say that choosing the right fixture for a specific case is a huge part of landscape LED lighting.
So, if you love the look of a floodlight or path light, don’t just place it everywhere. A path light in the middle of a flowerbed doesn’t make any sense because the type of fixture isn’t suitable for that area.
Prioritizing the Fixtures Over the Lights
A light bulb is responsible for the actual light in your yard; a light fixture is a piece that attaches the light bulb to the power source, sometimes helping to direct the light in the intended direction.
Sure, plenty of fixtures are fancy, designed nicely, and look great with certain parts of a garden, but it’s ideal to design your landscape LED lighting around the lights themselves before thinking about the fixtures.
Choosing the Right Materials
Fixtures can be made of several different materials:
- Stainless Steel
Options like aluminum will corrode over time despite durability treatments, and plastic tends to break under pressure or heavy weather conditions. The other 3 types of materials listed are likely to last longer.
Forgetting to Focus on the Aesthetics
It may seem silly, but many of our new clients here at Regal Lighting are so excited to get started that they look too far into the technical aspects of the job, from the voltage to the workings of the circuits.
While the technical work is important, don’t forget to focus on what matters to you in the end: how your landscape LED lighting looks next to your home. Figure out what you want, why you want it, and where to put it. Putting together a beautiful lighting scene is just as important as installing it.
Failing to Maintain It
No matter how expensive or high-end a landscape LED lighting system is at launch, everything deteriorates eventually if you fail to look after it, which is especially true for outdoor equipment like lighting fixtures.
At least once a year, go through servicing with the following steps:
- Clean out hot water deposits from glass and lenses.
- Trim plant material so light beams aren’t cut off.
- Prevent exposed wire from showing.
- Straighten fixtures if they have been moved or misaligned.
- Replace burnt-out light bulbs.
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Interested in a high-end landscape LED lighting system? Regal Lighting has been catering to estates, architects, and landscapers for over a decade. Get in touch with us for your next outdoor project.
- A good landscape LED lighting system can help make your home exterior look great at night.
- Be careful not to fall for the common mistakes designers make when dealing with LED lighting.
- Regal Lighting is ready to bring you an LED lighting system that matches your desires and budget.