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The Importance of Exterior Lighting Design

For years interior lighting design had been getting all of the attention, but with more outdoor lighting options, that’s no longer the case.  

There are four main differences between lighting designers, such as those at Hamptons Landscape Lighting, and professionals who install lights. 

Designers Consider How Light Moves

A lighting designer doesn't just place a light.  The survey the area, take into consideration how light flows and reflects and design accordingly.  For example, a designer would never place a light directly over a reflective surface such as an outdoor counter top or grill unless the client specifically requested a reflection.  

Especially when working with water, the distribution of light and how it cascades with the pool or other aquatic design is essential. 


Designers Understand the Impact of Light

Light can strongly impact an area. Soft white light can be used to enhance the décor adding elegance, while colored light can be used to create a whimsical feel or specific design effect. Lighting designers understand that the role illumination plays and use that knowledge to attract and detract from areas while creating a specific mood.


Designers Consider How the Space is Used

Designers of all kinds (architects, landscapers, custom integrators) must adapt their vision around the homeowner and how the space will be used.  A designer would place a control in a far corner where it would be difficult or inconvenient to use.  For large areas, exterior lighting is often incorporated  into automation systems for enhanced control and convenience. 

Exterior lighting designers must understand the space to ensure it is illuminated correctly.  For example a client may want colored lighting throughout his backyard. However if that client also wanted to read out on his patio, a lighting designer would suggest he either use color changing lights with a white option or add additional white lights by the patio, so he could read comfortably. 


Designers Create a Cohesive Area

It is important that all sections of an area look like they belong together. This can sometimes be difficult when using different materials in spaces that have different functions.  

Just like a landscaper transitions between the pool and the patio to create a natural flow and cohesive layout, so do lighting designers.  Different illumination types and fixture styles may be present in only specific sections, but the designer uses their knowledge of light to blend the areas, creating natural transitions. 

Note: Hamptons Landscape Lighting (HHL) is a division of HTE (home technology experts).