Paradise Landscape and Hardscape is a leading provider of outdoor lighting services in Annapolis, Maryland. We offer a variety landscape lighting services such as house lighting, tree lighting, walkway lighting, pool lighting, decorative lighting, and holiday party lighting for both residential and commercial properties. Call us today at (443) 808-0885 for more information!

If you love your landscaping, then you spend a lot on it. That likely happens in many different ways, too. The article below explains an illuminating look at landscape lighting.

You might spend a lot of time maintaining your landscape design. If you’re going to spend money on hiring a crew of professionals to create ambiance in your yard… you need to hire Paradise Lawn and Landscape.

The biggest thing you do spending time in your yard and lot is relaxing and enjoying it. Whether it’s relaxing by yourself, playing with your kids and pets, or throwing parties for family and friends… you should enjoy your space all you can…that is until it gets dark outside!

Well-Designed Landscape Lighting Brings You Out of the Dark

Landscape lighting is a great property enhancement for you and your home if:

  • You want to be able to see what’s moving in your yard during the night.
  • You enjoy driving up to a well-lit home if you arrive after dusk.
  • You want to project a welcoming atmosphere to holiday guests and visitors.
  • It’s a pain to move parties inside once the sun sets.
  • Accidents can happen when you walk around in the dark outside.

Outdoor Lighting or Landscape Lighting?

In past projects we’ve heard it called both ways. We’re happy to install what works for your yard without being picky about what you call it.

Show Off Your Green

In today’s modern society, options are endless for outdoor lighting and includes many different products… including various lighting fixtures and even transformers when necessary. They all work together to light up your exterior spaces when it is dark outside. This also helps to make your home safer and more personal.

They don’t let you show off your green space though. You can also use them to be green and save green. Halogen fixtures and LED lighting shine light for hundreds to tens of thousands of hours, depending on the technology and bulb.

That means you use a lot less electricity! This helps SAVE YOU MONEY! It also helps to preserve the planet’s resources. In certain lights we can even use solar.

What Should My Landscaping Lighting Illuminate?

You might not like the idea of making your entire yard bright enough to read a book. That’s not the point, because your neighbors might not like that.

What you should be looking to do is highlight specific features in your landscape design:

  • Your home
  • Your garden
  • Water features
  • Landscaping
  • Walkways
  • Certain architectural elements

You Don’t Have to Plan Alone

If you are uncomfortable planning your lighting project, you aren’t alone. Let the pros handle it! We’ve got plenty of experience in with creating beautiful landscapes… especially ones that you can show off in the dark.

Contact us for a free consultation. We can go over your options with you and help you plan out a lighting scheme that:

  • Helps you see your way from your car to your front door when you’re tired and it’s dark outside.
  • Lets people coming over know which home is yours and how to get to the doorbell.
  • Create curb appeal on your street and have your neighbors notice.
  • Gives unwanted visitors second thoughts about trespassing in your yard.

Where to Put Lights

What are you looking to achieve with lights? This answer will help us determine a custom plan for your yard. Anything is possible! We are no longer restricted to putting lights near power sources. And, we don’t need a lot of messy wires to get the job done either. Consider these possibilities:

  • Home-mounted lamps shining on your driveway closest to the house
  • Rows of small lamps at ground level lighting up your front walk
  • Ground-level lamps shining upward to show off your magnificent trees
  • A moonlighting effect by hanging lamps in your trees to shine on anything below

Cohesive Living

Your whole property is yours. Think about it. Do you treat your yard as a physical space between your home and the street or your neighbors?

You own the entire space, so own it in spirit too. Landscape lighting lets you merge your interior living space with your exterior one.

Use outdoor lighting to connect your indoor and outdoor spaces and pathways. With the right lighting, guests parked out on the street can find their way from their car to your door. Likewise, in the backyard, people can make it into your home when lightning and thunder interrupt your swim party or BBQ. We love taking An Illuminating Look at Landscape Lighting.

From Curbed Appeal to Curb Appeal

If curb appeal matters to you, then landscaping lighting is essential. An illuminating look into landscape lighting is what Team Paradise is all about. It’s okay by us if you want to make your home look as good as or better than your neighbors up and down the street. This is the kind of friendly competition that makes the community more beautiful for everyone.

But, if you are looking for an investment that gets more value out of selling your home, then outdoor lighting is a definite win. Selling your home is much easier with the right lighting than it is without.

There are a ton of homes for sale… potential buyers drive by homes before they decide to walk in for showings. Adding a little light creates an intimate feeling with curbside appeal. Make the right first impression.

Ward Off the Holiday Blues

Not every piece of landscaping lighting has to be a permanent fixture. If you want your home to shine on the street… consider holiday lighting for Halloween, Christmas and social gatherings! We know it’s been awhile since anything felt normal since the pandemic. During this time we saw many homes and commercial properties add lights for a variety of reasons.

Are you feeling fancy? Yeah! We have fun options such as color changing bulbs controlled through smart phone apps! These are sure to suit the festivities of the season or add color to your yard when your plants aren’t blooming.

Key Takeaways

Count on Team Paradise for your landscape lighting in the Annapolis, MD market for:

  • Enhanced property value
  • Safe passage across your property
  • Security that deters thieves and trespassing
  • Improved visual aesthetics
  • Energy-efficient technology and options

Contact us right away to find out what Paradise Landscape and Hardscape can do for you.

Your yard can be a festive, magical place once the sun goes down. The key? Landscape lighting.

Lighting offers safety and security, but it also adds instant elegance and drama to your home. Light a statue, interesting brickwork, that pretty birch tree in the front yard. Entertain and relax long after dark.

Your basic option is a landscape lighting system with a transformer, photocell and timer and four to five LED uplights. Why uplights? They’re versatile.

Uplights are installed on the ground to cast a cascade of light on plants, shrubs, trees or landscape structures. One light — a host of great effects.

What affects the cost of lights?

The number of lights is one factor, but there are others that affect the cost of landscape lighting installation, from the size of the yard to obstacles in installation to the type of fixtures.

Let’s take a look at a few factors:

Yard Conditions

Trenching low voltage wire through lawn is fairly easy and doesn’t require conduit since it’s low voltage.

But if an installer is trenching under sidewalks, around patios or other obstacles, the cost goes up, because of the time and labor increases.

And if the ground beneath your lawn is rocky, higher labor costs may come into play because trenching is more difficult.

Quality Of Fixtures

Not all landscape lighting fixtures are created equal. The fixtures that come in kits you find at the hardware store, for example, are usually plastic. They won’t hold up well to the rigors Mother Nature dishes out.

At Paradise Landscape and Hardscapes, we like a variety of materials including aluminum landscape lighting fixtures because they last longer and are more durable. The advanced powder-coating techniques and top-quality aluminum of high-quality fixtures prevent corrosion and other damage.

Long Runs Of Wire

If you have a large property or a complex lighting design, the unusually long runs of wire to the transformer may lose voltage — called “voltage drop” — so a larger transformer is required to keep all lights on the same circuit. Transformers vary widely in cost.

Availability Of GFCI Outlet

If your property doesn’t have an exterior ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet, essential for powering a low voltage lighting system, a licensed electrician will have to add one, which will add to the expense.

Older homes are notoriously short on these outlets, which shut off an electric power circuit when it detects that current is flowing along an unintended path, such as through water or a person.

Saving Money With LED Lights

All the landscape lighting we install is LED. Halogen bulbs last for only about one year, and replacing them annually is a hassle. LED bulbs have an average life of 50,000 hours and use 75 percent less electricity than halogen bulbs.

While LED bulbs cost more upfront, the savings over time are substantial.

Why DIY Doesn’t Always Save Money

Sure, you could attempt landscape lighting installation yourself. You can get a kit for a few hundred dollars — maybe less. Professional lighting could cost you well into the thousands, depending on the size and scope of the installation.

But the quality you get with a lighting kit doesn’t come close to the quality work of a professional landscape lighting contractor.

The professionals at Team Paradise do this for a living. Every day. We know how to install top-quality lights correctly, so there are no unfortunate issues down the road that can cost you more in the long run.

We also bring years of experience, skill and the best quality materials to every job.

Our experienced team can bring your landscape to life at night by lighting patios, arbors, steps, decks, walkways, trees, driveways and planting beds. Contact us today!

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