Architectural Outdoor Lighting in New Irving Park, NC 27408
PROJECT SUMMARY: A stunning house needs stunning outdoor lighting. This client wanted to showcase the homes architecture and front entrance, along with giving the property a “lived in” feel providing safety and security around the sides and backyard.
Professional outdoor lighting was desired to help enhance this properties appearance and make the backyard patio function after hours when the sun goes down. This home currently has a vacant lot beside it, causing it to be darker at night on the side, leaving it vulnerable. Adding outdoor lighting and giving our client remote access through a smartphone or tablet made all the difference for their security lighting.
During the design phase, Southern Lights provides the road map and detailed lighting designs for our clients, capturing beautiful settings at night, creating the most ideal landscape lighting effects.
LANDSCAPE LIGHTING FOCUS: This home had some really unique characteristics on the front elevation. There was a wooden pergola, stone work, and brick that all came into contact with each other. Each canvas accepts light differently. So as Southern Lights lighting designer, Pete Bryant laid out his plan, proper fixture placement, color, and wattage were chosen carefully.
The home also has a more elaborate front entrance than most, drawing attention to the front walkway. With a lack of large trees to down light the space near walkway, Southern Lights chose to illuminate the brick paver walkway with solid brass path lights. These fixtures softly added pools of light along the elevation changes of the steps and through a nice glow into the planted natural areas.
As for the backyard, the outdoor living space around the patio was extremely important. This is not only where entertainment occurs, but also where enough light was necessary to feel like you can grill out and still be able to tell if the meat is rare or well done. We gave these clients a manual dimmer – on/off switch right beside grill to allow for correct light output for the occasion. Also important to the homeowners, was to ensure that the security lighting was consistent with the landscape lighting around the home and adequately illuminated the architecture. Providing enough, but not too much light was critical.
When talking with our clients, Southern Lights always tries to listen for what’s most important from our client’s perspective. In this case and in our company motto of (Safety. Security. SERENITY), All three of these focuses played an equal role in these lighting designs.
- Safety lighting was needed to address the elevation changes throughout the property and along the long winding driveway.
- Security lighting was needed to help illuminate a very dark back and side yard and keep intruders out.
- SERENITY lighting is always needed to give the space and property a clean and natural design during evening hours. Tying the function with the beauty is always our goal.
- Natural Stone Work on Columns
- Front Brick Paver Walkway
- Elevation Changes
- Up-lighting of Specific Trees
- Down-lighting of Backyard Patio
LOCATION: The lighting designs and installation for this project can be found New Irving Park, Greensboro, NC 27408.
LANDSCAPE LIGHTING DESIGN: Ideal landscape lighting should evoke Safety. Security. SERENITY and should always start with a design. The front walkway again was a main focus for these clients.
Built to last and to add. Creating a lighting design, that is scaleable is important. This property is ready for additional lights that may be desired in the future without having to re-wire and re-do any of the landscape lighting. Southern Lights has the opportunity to work with a lot of amazing clients and this couple was no different. Their love for their home shined through in their appreciation for the beautifully illuminated landscape lighting on this property.
These clients realized early on that this property and landscape really needed the full attention of an expert landscape lighting designer. Allowing Southern Lights the ability to be creative with the lighting design and to have some freedom of fixture selection and location, proved to be a great decision.
LANDSCAPE LIGHTING DESIGN TECHNIQUES & EFFECTS:
- Down Lighting “Moonlighting”
- Up Lighting
- Path Lighting
- Deck Lighting
- Cross Lighting
HURDLES TO OVERCOME: Designing an ideal landscape lighting system takes planning. Getting light to the right place takes some skill and time to coordinate installing wire to the desired fixture location.
Elevation changes around the front entrance posed some challenges relating to safety, so a proper fixture was needed to provide enough light in the area without blinding guests or flooding the area with light, killing the overall lighting design and effect. Southern Lights was able to locate and install the perfect solution and fixture for the area (Path Lights).
The existing landscape is fairly mature, so keeping the plant material properly pruned will be an ongoing maintenance need for these clients to keep the lighting design in tact for years to come and to reduce unnatural shadows on the architecture. This client ultimately trusted Southern Lights with the lighting designs allowing us to provide them with the most ideal landscape lighting effect with the best lighting fixtures for the space and structures. We think it turned out pretty awesome!
Located in Summerfield, NC Southern Lights of NC: Outdoor Lighting and Audio serves clients properties and property management companies throughout the state of NC including Greensboro, High Point, Jamestown, Burlington, Reidsville, Oak Ridge, Brown Summit, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Raleigh, Charlotte, Kannapolis, Salisbury, Gastonia, Matthews, etc. Southern Lights has installed hundreds of outdoor landscape lighting systems and carries more certifications than anyone in the state. We specialize in lighting designs and service everything we install as well as lighting systems installed by others. With attention to detail and a solid knowledge of design, Southern Lights is the leading outdoor landscape lighting firm in the state of NC and beyond. See why our clients choose the most ideal landscape lighting company Greensboro, NC. Contact us today by web (online form) or phone (336.451.4969)