Outdoor Lighting In Baton Rouge Made Easy
Want to make it even more dramatic? Add landscape lighting. Dave Falo, another Baton Rouge landscape lighting and outdoor living specialist for Hydro-Scape, says some landscapers shy away from incorporating lights into their designs simply because they think lighting is too complex. However, light installation is actually quite simple in many instances—primarily as a result of developments in lamp technology.
“We’ve seen a shift from halogen flood lights to LED technology,” Moores adds. LED landscape fixtures are ideal for outdoor settings because they can be modified and installed with a low-voltage setup. Secondly, their lower heat emission—compared with incandescent, fluorescent and halogen—is an influential factor.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of LED is energy savings. LED lamps might cost a bit more (sometimes up to 20%), but the longer-term energy savings for the consumer is much greater. “We have a 4.5-watt LED that provides the same light output as a 20-watt MR-16, an 8.5 that equals a 35, and a 12.4 that equals a 50,” Moores says. “Furthermore,” Falo adds, “LED lamps often reach 40,000-plus hours of life, so the consumer’s replacement cost is a lot less as well.”
Hydro-Scape offers low-voltage LED kits you don’t need to be an electrician to install, according to Moores. Fiber-optic lighting—ideal for waterfalls and planter beds—is also offered in kits.
In landscaping, Falo says the following lighting scenarios are the most common:
- Path lighting – used to light up areas such as walkways, patios and pool paving; lights should be placed in planting beds, as opposed to lawns where they can be hit by a mower
- Up lights – ideal for accenting ornamental trees
- Accent lights – illuminate special landscape features such as garden ornaments and hardscape elements
- Down lights – create downward light on trees
- Architectural lighting – provides light on the residence.
In response to the outdoor living trend, Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting has broadened its product offering to also include things like chandeliers, lighted glass flowers in bolder colors, lighted urns for potted plants, and a butterfly deck light—trendy accents you maybe never thought you’d see incorporated into your Baton Rouge landscaping.
The same can be said with respect to many of the hugely popular elements of an outdoor living space. Lighting, fireplaces, water features and outdoor kitchens in Baton Rouge can all come together to help a homeowner create their paradise. Why not be one of the growing number of landscapers who’s helping his customers do the very same?