making the source itself secondary.
All this is accomplished in the darkness of the night. Areas
and spaces that we occupy during the day, disappear and
reappear unfamiliar at night. A well balanced lighting display
equalizes the skepticism of the night. Lighting throughout the
house is so essential in all the aspects of just about everything
you do during the evening. Each and every fixture is designed
to hold bulbs, single or numerous, in many different
configurations to achieve endless illumination possibilities.
For instance in the kitchen there are many types of lights each
specified for a function such as cooking, general purpose,
dining and after dinner ambiance. Locations of these lights can
be in various places throughout the room anywhere from floor
One must consider the outside an additional room of living
space. A space can be designed to accommodate gatherings,
patio dining, entering and exiting the premise or for seasonal
enjoyment such as swimming and extended play hours outside.
Outdoor lighting can make all this seem so natural, similar to
how one would perform these tasks during the day. The
configuration of these fixtures have to be in sync with the
lighting already available. Lighting designers should have the
vision to help illuminate and not over exaggerate the areas.
Light intensity and beam spray are priorities. Equal brightness
and balance are pertinent in a good design. The common
mistake is evident in every neighborhood. You see 2 lights, one
on each side of the front door and a post light. These minimal
lights try to achieve everything there is to be seen outside.
Homeowners load up these fixtures with the brightest bulbs
one could find. The result is a glaring landscape, so bright it
annoys the neighbors across the street.
All decisions on architectural features such as stone, brick,
stucco and peaking roof lines deserve the greatest of concern.
Winding walkways, circular driveways and lavish focal
plants, anchoring the landscape, need illumination. Landscape
lighting can achieve this. To excell in this, one must know the
ever changing faces of the landscape. Lighting allows for not
only four seasons, but eight seasons both day and night. One
can start immediately. For instance one light is better than
none. A good guideline is to ask yourself what you would like
to see at night. Experiment with different types of fixtures
and various lighting techniques. Start with the house and fall
back into the landscape, highlighting focal trees and shrubs
throughtout the garden.
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