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Landscape lighting adds a dramatic flair to your property while illuminating dark areas, providing safe lighted pathways for you, your family, and your guests. Landscape lighting also extends the enjoyment of your yard late into the evening on those warm summer nights, or those chilly winter nights (especially if you have a firepit to gather around).
Creative Concepts Landscape installs, checks, and repairs landscape lighting for all needs, whether it’s aesthetics, safety, security, or most often, a combination of all.
Our lighting philosophy follows the landscape’s features, illuminating the natural beauty of the plant’s structures, hardscape’s textures and geometry, the rolls and slopes of the earth, while also showcasing the architectural design of your home.
The Practicality & Beaty of Landscape Lighting
Yes, landscape lighting will add evening beauty to your property, highlighting the unique silhouettes of trees and plants, however it also has practical purposes.
Your path forward, illuminated
Pathlights guide the way, allowing you and your family to safely follow walkways. They also play an important role in visually incorporating the transitional area between the path and the landscape features along that path.
Uplights illuminate the beautiful textures of trees and shrubs along with their branching structures. Often placed toward the base or lower trunk of a tree, these lights cast complex shadows up the tree or plant, creating a stunning structural effect.
Uplights on a mature pine tree
Downlights operate in a similar way to uplights, but in the opposite direction. These lights, placed in higher locations, cast shadows across the ground and low growing plants.
A combination of various lighting techniques
Spotlights have a narrower beam, often illuminating a feature at a greater distance, which will beautifully highlight the silhouette of individual plants or garden structures, such as boulders.
Creative Concepts Landscape had installed the lighting system years ago, and they had recently come by for one of their periodic checks. The storm will come, but he went to sleep that night with ease.
Shadows on adjacent walls and fences add a dramatic effect to the landscape
Floodlights cast a wider beam for a shorter distance. These lights can illuminate whole areas, making open sections of the property more visible.
Glowing lights, illuminating the lawn and adjacent plants
For those who are more security minded, landscape lighting will also brighten dark areas of the property. Although Creative Concepts Landscape does not install security alarm systems, landscape lighting can act in a similar way. Light always deters those who do not want to be seen.
The Art of Lighting
Landscape lighting is equal parts art and science. Of course, there are the technical needs of the actual installation. Creative Concepts Landscape has you covered on that. Our team of lighting technicians will do all the work needed to make sure your landscape lighting system is operating well, but beyond that, landscape lighting installation is about balance and contrast.
There are many ways to light a yard. What features do you want to emphasis? What shadows can be cast and onto what surfaces? It’s a complex artform and we are here to paint your property with light.
A dry landscape creek, illuminated by painterly light
The intersection of beauty and functionality is what humans specialize in (when we are at our best). Landscape lighting is certainly functional; however, the creative side is not to be ignored. Lighting is a play of physics, a dance of dimension that speaks the dazzling language of photons.
Let’s take a look lighting the way it is supposed to be enjoyed, not by description, but with our eyes. To help us we will take a look at the artful lighting installation at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens’ gorgeous show, LA Zoo Lights.
LA and palm trees – what more can we say?
The electric flamingo
The electric ficus (one of the more spectacular, if lesser known, tropical plants)
Lighting with Creative Concepts Landscape
Lighting systems, like irrigation and plant care, needs periodic maintenance to keep it working efficiently and properly. Creative Concepts Landscape not only installs landscape lighting systems, but we also maintain them.
Whether or not we installed the system, we will put together a plan for periodic checks and repairs of your landscape lighting. Each property is different, and each lighting system takes particular care. Let us keep your lighting system looking beautiful and functioning efficiently and safely.
Contact us today to set up a consultation for landscape lighting installation, lighting repairs or optimization, and system checks.
Creative Concepts Landscape will keep your lighting system in optimal condition with our periodic service checks.
By Daniel Williams
Client Liaison for Creative Concepts Landscape Management