How Professional Lighting Elevates Your Landscaping’s Aesthetic

A dramatic entrance is always a good idea.

A professional outdoor lighting system not only adds to your enjoyment and safety, it can dramatically transform the appearance of your home and surrounding property, improving your home’s aesthetics and creating the luxe landscaping you desire.

With a large array of fixture styles and bulb types, as well as placement options, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to creating the mood and achieving the purpose you want. A landscape professional can guide you in marrying the form and function of various types of outdoor lighting.

Consider the following common lighting types and the role they play in landscape design:

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Wayfinding Lighting

Wayfinding lighting — such as path lights, step lights or post lights — is key for helping your guests to move from one part of the landscape to another. It also enhances the overall ambiance of your yard.

Task Lighting

Aptly named, task lighting is fairly focused, bright lighting that makes it easier to complete tasks after sunset. Common examples include lighting for a grill, an outdoor kitchen or a bar top.


Foundation Lighting

Used to illuminate the base of your home and your landscaping, foundation lighting highlights architectural features and draws attention to prized plantings and trees. For example, upward-facing bullet lights placed about a foot from the foundation can focus attention on porch columns, deep eaves and dormers.

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Area Lighting

Area lighting — such as lights around the edge of a patio, pergola or pavilion — provides a pleasant, mid-level lighting for a designated space. The general goal of area lighting is to make a space feel welcoming and safe, without being brighter than necessary.

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Accent Lighting

Well-placed accent lighting highlights parts of your landscape that may blend in during the daytime. For example, low-voltage spotlights can draw the eye to a water feature, statue or notable plant. If your landscape includes a pool, underwater lights can range from a soft glow to a powerful highlight on a waterfall. Pool deck lighting goes a long way toward creating a resort feel in your own backyard.

Added Benefits of Professional Lighting Systems

In addition to elevating your yard’s aesthetic, outdoor lighting systems also offer the following benefits:

  • Increased Safety and Security. Put visitors at ease and boost safety by keeping pathways and steps well-lit. When you’re not home, outdoor lighting triggered by timers or motion can help protect your home against intruders.
  • Enhanced Home Value. Increase curb appeal with updated lights that highlight design elements or make an area appear larger. Not only can a lighting system increase usability to in-demand outdoor living spaces after dark, it has a significant impact on property value.

Working with a professional landscape design company will ensure your outdoor lighting system is properly maintained and kept up-to-date to meet your needs over time.

Rossen Landscape’s team of expert outdoor lighting artisans offers creative solutions using state-of-the-art fixtures and materials. Find the perfect balance between beauty and function with the outdoor lighting system you’ve always dreamed of. Browse our lighting portfolio, then reach out to discuss your vision.