Most probably after spending too many hours of coordinating with your gardener and landscaper, and of course shelling out several hundred dollars, you have your yard all green and spiffy, and ready for some serious ogling and appreciation.
As the sun shines brightly, at the new green spread set before that tiny patch of land you call your backyard, you value the amount of effort, love, and attention you have given this little endeavor.
This picturesque statement of accomplishment goes on throughout the day. Everything is wonderful until twilight comes around.
When Darkness Comes Around
As soon as darkness falls, your emerald lawn becomes indiscernible as it succumbs to the shadows of dusk. You start to wonder how you could still repeat the romantic feeling of your lime-covered lawn and pitch it against the deepening blackness of the night.
Of course there is no other way but to reproduce the light that allowed you and the world to behold its beauty and serenity. The only way to continue the beauty is to provide lighting for your lawn.
Accenting is the way
Lighting up your lawn is not just as simple as it looks. Well, if your objective is to flood the whole yard with light and just drown everything in one big flash, then by all means just prop a big floodlight in the middle of your lawn and just let it shine.
Of course this time, you would be able to see everything until the corners of your compound, but you wouldn’t be able to appreciate the “curves” and enhance the design of your landscaper.
Your lawn would look more of a stadium or a prison because of the high intensity light that falls on every nook of your territory.
If you want to justify the love that your landscaper has dedicated to it, then you might start envisioning it to look like more of a park. Accenting areas with subdued lighting is the way.
The placement of the lights is important. Placing them on the broad side of the landscape curve will drown out the little spaces that it converges with the rest of the land design. A subdued effect is best achieved with the positioning of light behind a bend and slightly hidden from view.
A glowing effect is best achieved by placing fixtures in shrubs and bushes and focusing the light against a wall for an added accent. This gives an illusion of blending the bigger plants and shrubs with the grass that surrounds them, as well as with the wall that confines them.
The size of the light aperture also has a great impact on the landscape lighting effect. Using a more focused and thinner aperture for lighting fixtures would give an idea of isolated area for added effect.
A broader aperture would tend to generalize an area, perhaps a major land curve in your landscape design.
Finally, the color of the light is essential in giving the proper theme and enhancement of the landscape design. Usually, the most common color used is a stint of yellow and white.
This is the safest color but is rather common already. A more radical choice is the use of blue or red, depending in the desired effect that you would want, may it be fiery red, or icy blue.
Whatever the blend of techniques you use, your artistic side of experimenting with different aspects will be your own creation, a quixotic blend of lighting and nature.