5 Landscape Lighting Mistakes You Don't Want to Make

While landscape lighting may seem like it's merely for looks, it's also functional as well. Landscape lighting can also allow you to enjoy your outdoor space for more hours a day because you can still be outside at night. There are a few important details to note before you have your lighting installed, though. From selecting the wrong size fixture to not investing in the appropriate bulbs. Here are five landscape lighting mistakes that you don't want to make when having your yard professionally landscaped at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Selecting Fixtures that are Too Small

It's important to consider the size of your landscape when choosing your lighting. Whether you are going to have lights installed around your water feature, or you want to put a large post light by your sidewalk - keep the size in mind. While you may be trying to save money initially, after it's installed the only thing you'll be able to notice, is that it's dwarfed in size by your bushes. If you want lighting installed, create a budget and get the correct size for your yard.

Over Lighting Your Landscape

There is such a thing as "over lighting" you landscape. Not only can you have too much lighting, but you can also have those lights arranged incorrectly, or aimed the wrong direction. This can make it difficult to see when you're walking through your yard. If your lights are aimed incorrectly, it can mean that your lights could be shining through your neighbors windows, or even blinding people who drive past. Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Rely on the expertise of you Lake of the Ozarks landscaper and we'll create a space that everyone will love.

Skimping on Automated Sytems

Have you ever come home at night and realized that you forgot to turn the outdoor lights on? Now you're stumbling down the sidewalk in the dark with your bags of groceries, wishing that you had installed the automated lights. Automated lighting systems aren't just practical, but they are economical. By having your lighting on a timer, you are eliminating the possibility of having to pay for your electric lights being on when you don't need them.

Purchasing Poor Quality Fixtures

A major mistake you can make when you are purchasing fixtures to choose the low quality pieces. While you may save money at the start, you won't feel the same when you have to replace every year or two. Paradise Landscaping is proud to be a preferred vendor for Kichler LED lighting. They provide decorative path and spread, low profile hardscape, water feature, deck and accent lighting. They also offer a 15 year or 40,000 hours warrenty for whichever comes first.

Not Investing in LED

LED lighting isn't just the trendy thing to do when it comes to light fixtures. It's a wonderful inovation that has many benefits. Here are just a few things you may want to know about LED lighting:

LEDs are cooler - LEDs run cooler than incandescent bulbs, and significantly cooled than CFLs.

Instant light - When you turn on an LED bulb, you get the full light immediate. Compared to the CFL where it has to warm up, plus if a CFL is on for less than 15 minutes, it's life is degraded.

LEDs don't attract bugs - Many LED lights do not give off ultraviolet light, and that's what bugs are attracted to.

Landscape Lighting at the Lake of the Ozarks

When you're ready to light up your yard, Paradise Landscaping is ready to help. We take pride in created a space for you and your family that will last for years to come, and create many years of enjoyment. From the lighting to the way the rocks and boulders are arranged and even the types of plants used, we put a lot of thought into your customized landscape design. Give us a call today and we'll not only help you get your landscape lighting installed, but we'll help you avoid all of these mistakes!

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