Add Safety & Beauty with Landscape Lights
Landscape lighting is a lasting investment
Your property can be a dangerous place at night without light. Shadows lurk. Hidden dangers, like branches or a hose, lay across a commonly used path, waiting to trip the unwary traveler. An outdoor landscape lighting installation will transform your property into a warm, inviting, safe, and secure home. All landscape lighting installations include a free estimate and a landscape lighting installation plan.
We can assist you with upgrading your existing landscape lighting system with energy efficient solutions or retrofitting solutions.
It is well known that a well-lit property is less liable to be invaded or burglarized. Less known is that the placement, coverage, and quality of the illumination greatly determine the level of security. Most residential security lighting consists of a few powerful flood lights directed towards a few areas of the property. In nearly all cases, this lighting is overly bright and provides limited coverage of vulnerable regions. The result is a property where intruders can pass freely through dark areas allowing them to be invisible to home occupants and to individuals occupying outdoor areas illuminated by the security lights. It's quite possible that a person can exit the car in the brightly lit driveway while an intruder waits in the shadows a few feet away.
A better approach is to create a strategic lighting plan that illuminates several key areas of the property with low levels of illumination. The low levels allow the viewer to see objects in the illuminated areas and to still see details in adjacent unlit areas. This is possible because the human eye is able to compensate for a narrow range of illumination (i.e. from dim to nearly dark). The brighter traditional security lighting offers a far greater contrast to the nearly dark unlit areas, and the human eye is unable to compensate rapidly enough when glancing from the very bright to the nearly dark. A skilled lighting designer will identify the key areas of security concern and provide low levels of illu
While safety is related to security, it is not the same. Safety refers to providing illumination that offers safe passage through the property. It especially targets steps, pools, water features, and tripping hazards. As with the strategy for security lighting, the illumination of hazards should be at a very low level - just enough to discern details, but not so bright as to obscure surrounding dark areas. Also important is that bulb filaments are not visible; fixtures that do not shield these filaments are known as 'light bombs'. When a visitor is subjected to one of these light bombs, he or she is momentarily blinded and may trip and fall. Nearly all flood lights, carriage lights, and entryway lights fall into this light bomb category. A good lighting designer will also consider the age of occupants and the presence of disabilities. Our threshold for visual perception increases with age; the elderly require far more light to safely navigate a property than do younger people. They may also be less able to see contrast in brightness, putting them at risk for missing steps or tripping on field stones.
Also know as usability, this goal identifies the need to provide appropriate illumination for the various regions of nighttime activity. Areas such as decks, docks, patios, and sports courts require specific lighting designed according to the nature of the activity. Low voltage lighting with its small lighting fixtures and sharply defined beams are ideal to mange the illumination for such areas. In addition to selecting the appropriate illumination, designers may offer various control options for these lights. A patio area can, for example, be equipped with two lighting schemes - one for romance and the other for parties. Such options can be achieved with dimming or with the inclusion of extra fixtures that can be switched on and off as needed.
This encompasses a wide range of human factors and is the most subjective of the goals. The term, 'Beauty', is often used but this word reflects only some parts of the complex visual aesthetic. Aesthetics represents a holistic experience triggered by visual signals that are processed by the brain and judged to be appealing both superficially and with such depth that even the subconscious plays a role. In every case, a lighting project is judged to be aesthetically beautiful by both obvious beauty and by the wide range of emotions and feelings that arise from the visual experience. Just as each visitor to a museum reacts differently to the objects on display, in the same way, each person viewing a landscape lighting scene has a different experience. Still, experienced landscape lighting designers learn that certain aspects or principals of lighting design tend to produce positive aesthetic judgments. The skillfully implementation of these principles tends to produce superior designs.
Increase visibility at night for pathways, entrances and other areas
Roselle Electric Services - Security & Landscape Lighting