Elements of Design: Light

Unlike interior design, with landscape design light is what it is while the sun is shining. Where we can really play with light is after the sun goes down. The most obvious way to use light is to accent specific elements in the landscape. For example, this is the wedding arbor out at Old House Vineyards:

Landscape lighting design also involves subtlety, however. The general idea is to see the effect of the light, not the source. If you do end up seeing the fixture, at the very least you want to avoid staring right into the light bulb (which is actually called the “lamp” – now you know).

The best way to understand how landscape lighting can work is with an actual demonstration. Contact me if you want to learn more about lighting your property.

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