By Jon Solomon
It used to be that landscape lighting was viewed as an extravagance. An increased availability of options and costs for landscape lighting now allow us to get the most out of our new home’s yard. In fact, as busy as most of us are during the day, dusk and nighttime may be the only chance we get to enjoy our landscape investments other than on the weekends.
By using subtle lighting, Tampa custom home builders can transform dark yards into fantasylands of light, shadows and colors. Today there are just so many options, ranging from walkway lighting for safety to underwater effects in pools or fountains to up-lighting and spots on tall plants and trees.
Landscape lighting can definitely be added after a new Tampa home is completed, but new home builders Tampa FL find that it’s best to plan this lighting along with the landscape itself. Most systems are low voltage and require a transform that is plugged into a regular receptacle, so you’ll need a power source. More importantly, the low voltage wiring can be run under the sod or planting beds so that it's well hidden.
An alternative to low voltage wired systems is solar lighting. So easy a child can install them, but the biggest drawback of these lights is that they typically only give off a faint glow that illuminates a relatively small area.
Landscape lighting increases safety and security; enhances your home's curb appeal; and allows you to enjoy your outdoor entertaining areas long after the sun has set, making it an important attribute of your home. If you’d like to learn more about landscape lighting and how we design them into our new homes and landscape plans, contact us.
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