Low Voltage Lighting in St. Louis Landscaping Options
Finding the Right Low Voltage Lighting in St. Louis Landscaping
Nothing beautifies your home more at night than exterior lighting, The purpose of low voltage lighting is to create a relationship or linkage between your house and the landscaping which surrounds it. There are few things will impact your home’s curb appeal more than a quality lighting design!
Recent advancements in LED lighting have made your choices even more varied and attractive, adding long-term value to your property while substantially increasing your enjoyment of your outdoor spaces.
Landscape lighting installation in St. Louis will dramatically enhance the look and feel of your home, extending your living spaces to include the outdoor environment, which adds not only extended space but strong visual interest as well.
When you are designing your low voltage exterior lighting, take into account your personal style and tastes and adapt then to your exterior environment, creating a space that evokes a particular mood or place that is soothing to you. Even modest homes with limited yards can benefit greatly from landscape lighting.
Low Voltage Lighting in St. Louis: Security and Safe Passage
As our outdoor living areas continue to evolve, so does lighting design. The first primary reason we install landscape lighting these days is for what is called Security and Safe Passage in the industry. Large entertainment spaces now often include outdoor barbeque areas, relaxation lounges, multi-level decks, and pool and spa areas. Thus lighting that ensures safe passage is more important than ever before. While homeowners may know their way around without any issue whatsoever, but guests may have difficulty. Nothing can bring down the enjoyment of your home and outdoor spaces with family and friends more than a slip or fall. An injury can also present substantial liability to you, making an investment here an extremely wise decision.
Thus low voltage lighting – combine form and function – makes your home safer and more beautiful at the same time. Area lighting, step lighting and downlighting should be considered to provide safe passage for each individual design.
When discussing security, it is also important to note that a well-lit property will deter potential intruders by illuminating and providing visibility in all areas. Perimeter and security lighting are made easy with the addition of products like wireless and mobile controls for zoned installations.
Low Voltage Lighting in St. Louis: Long Term Value
You have a substantial investment in your home and having the professionals at Environmental Landscaping work on your property will greatly enhance your long-term investment. First impressions are everything they say, and the first impression of a well illuminated property can add up to 20% to the value of your own. That is an amazing statistic.
Homeowners throughout St. Louis and the metro area are turning more and more to Environmental Landscaping to include low voltage lighting into their projects to increase the value of their homes. There a number of different categories of landscape lighting to consider:
- Step Lighting – Designed for safety, step lighting will clearly illuminate the steps designed into your outdoor living space, providing easy walking paths and directional assistance
- Moon Lighting – In the garden, moonlighting can be used to create the shadowing pattern of a moonlit night. Moonlighting it a subtle and natural effect, often using cool bluish LED lamps to create the look of natural moonlight.
- Hardscape Lighting – Enhances the colors and shapes of the hardscape area being lit. Most commonly used areas are block walls, seating areas and barbeques
- Submersible Lighting – Water features add a vivid design into the landscape. When illuminated properly their effect is enhanced. Cool white LED lights are used to create water sparklers and fish are brightly highlighted
- Area Lighting -Area lights are used to enhance flower beds and also to safely illuminate pathways. Area lights are often staggered and alternating from one side to another when used on a pathway
- Graze Lighting – Grazing is used is highlight and enhance interesting textures and architectural elements. Fixtures are placed less than a foot from the vertical surface
- Down Light -Downlighting is illuminating an object or surface from above. It can be used to highlight certain garden elements and functional areas. Also used for illuminating large spaces for safety, security or recreational purposes.
- Up Light – Architectural and landscape elements become visually dramatic features when illuminated from below. Uplighting is the most common technique used to accent key focal points in the landscape and to create shadows on walls.
- Wall Washing – Wall washing is the effect of illuminating an entire surface evenly to create a beautiful and subtle glow. Illuminating the front face of a hoe evenly provides an elegant appeal
All things considered, the right outdoor lighting for your landscaping adds quite a bit to your enjoyment of your property, is visually impressive and interesting to guests, can ensure safety and security around your home, and can add value to your home in a disproportionate way when compared to almost all other upgrades. Unfortunately there is a limit to how much outdoor lighting you can do, depending on your property, as this is one of the very few things you can do that increase the value of your home far more than its cost!
When it comes time to install low voltage lighting in St. Louis homes and everywhere in the metro area – from Wildwood to Richmond Heights, Ballwin to Sunset Hills and Kirkwood, Webster Groves to Manchester, and everywhere in between! – Environmental Landscaping has you covered.
Call us today 636-225-3848 to learn more about the services we provide, and to schedule a time for us to come out to take a look and give you our professional opinion!
Or you can always get through to us by visiting our Contact Us page and sharing some of the details up front.
Tory Catanzaro, Owner – Environmental Landscaping
St. Louis Landscaping Tip:
You have just made an investment in having a landscaper install new trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and or groundcover plants in your landscape, and of course want them all to survive!
The most important factor towards ensuring this is watering these plantings regularly. When it comes to watering, there are a number of misconceptions that you should be aware of. You’ve spent good money (and time if you planted them yourself) on these plants and you’re going to spend even more time and money (on your water bill) to keep them alive. If not, you’ll instead be spending it on replacing them when they die.
Don’t rely much on mother nature, as rainfall can be deceiving. You might think that the 45 minutes of strong thunderstorm just watered your plants well, but half of the rain ran off into the lawn because it came down so quickly, so only the top couple of inches of the mulch is wet. Unless it rains a light, soaking rain for at least 4-5 hours, don’t even consider natural precipitation as “watering”.
Standing with a hose is not good enough most times either. Small flowers with a 2″-4″ of a root system might be ok, but if you think standing there with a hose for a few minutes on that new tree or shrub will matter, you’re not doing enough. Water at the base of the tree or bush, and realize that you probably aren’t going to water too much. The majority of homeowners underestimate how much water their plants need each week, and very rarely do we see plants that have been over-watered!