Lighting Ideas

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Properly lighting the landscape of your home can provide beautiful curb appeal along with creating a blissful mood for you and your guests to enjoy your outdoor spaces. In order to achieve the look you want, it pays to spend time designing the right type of lighting plan for your homes grounds. Defining what exactly you want to achieve from outdoor lighting can also be a big asset in guiding you towards what look you want. “Perhaps you want to set a soft, romantic mood during the evening hours. Maybe you have a bench or a shadowy garden corner you need to illuminate for security reasons. A path leading through the garden may require landscape lighting to mark its boundaries. You might want to highlight some features of your backyard like a water fountain or pond, (” It may seem daunting at first but with the right tips picking lighting can be incredibly easy and rewarding. Here are some of our favourite tips from the Garman Group Team that will help you decide how to position lighting around the front and back yards, and how to choose the right type of lighting for each area.


Start with a Sketch: Creating a quick sketch of your outdoor spaces you want to be illuminated can give you a more concrete example when shopping for the right lighting. This sketch will not only keep you on track, but assist in determining what will reflect light or absorb it as well.


Indirect vs. Direct Lighting: Choosing between indirect and direct lighting can work to your home’s advantage. Use direct lighting is when you want to illuminate a specific area such as a blooming plant or a water feature. Direct lighting is integral in outdoor cooking spaces and lounge areas.  Want to create a serious mood? Indirect lighting covers a wider area and is much softer than direct light. This allows you to move around your space at night with ease.

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Placement: After you’ve decided what direct and indirect light sources you want the next step is to plan out the placement.  There are two important things to consider when placing lights: versatility and functionality. Not only should paths be marked for safety purposes, but security should also be taken into account. Security lighting is definitely something you want to implement in your lighting plan. “Position those at the corners of the home so it’s easy to see any activity occurring in the yard. Remember that the lighting does not have to be so glaring that it keeps you up at night (”


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The final step to creating a beautiful yard for your home is to enjoy it! So many individuals invest time and money into their grounds and then don’t take the time to enjoy their hard work.  Adding outdoor lighting can also be a great selling feature when looking to find a new home. Here at the Garman Group we also provide complimentary interior and exterior staging assistance prior to listing, which includes Mike's "hand's on" approach to preparing a home through minor renovations & carpentry skills – customized for each individual property. Contact us and we can help point you in the right direction for lighting solutions for your property in Victoria BC!