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You’ll discover some best practices that you should implement and easy to avoid lighting mistakes that many educational institute and homeowners make. Three important design considerations for outdoor lighting are cohesion, depth, and focal points. To make your lighting design cohesive, you need to illuminate the background, intermediate areas, and borders.

You should avoid large unlit areas around your home, as your eyes naturally overlook the space. Finally, when determining the front of house lighting positions, consider the focal points of your home. Functional elements of your home include seating areas or the entrance to your house.

Uplighting and moonlighting are two ways you can highlight tall landscape features in the front of your home. Uplighting involves installing well or directional lights facing upwards under trees or architectural elements.

Moonlighting provides soft illumination over large parts of your property and minimizes dark patches.

Ideally, the lighting fixtures should be at least 25 feet high and preferably attached to a tree with a canopy. There are various ways to utilize uplighting for this purpose, including silhouetting, shadowing, and grazing. Grazing is especially effective with irregular surfaces such as river stones as it produces interesting shadow patterns.

Our CAST Classic Small China Hat Area Path Light has a dome. Harsh weather conditions can make the exterior coating brittle, while wild animals or pets can chew away at the insulation.

The National Electrical Code recommends encasing wire in a non-metallic conduit made from a material such as PVC and burying it at a depth of 18 inches below the soil surface. The glare will make it difficult for you to see outside, and the backlighting can prevent you from spotting suspicious objects or figures lurking in darker areas.

Instead of pointing light sources directly at doors or windows, we suggest positioning them at an angle. When designing your lighting plan, make sure to consider concepts like focal points, cohesion, and depth.

Illustration showing differences in up lighting and moon lighting
Illustration showing differences in up lighting and moon lighting
Front house and pathway up lighting example
Front house and pathway up lighting example
Illustration showing silhouette lighting, shadow lighting and graze lighting
Illustration showing silhouette lighting, shadow lighting and graze lighting
Grazing light effects on a house
Grazing light effects on a house

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