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Metro D.C. Landscape Lighting Essentials: A Balance of Artistry & Functionality

security-lightingHistory tells that landscape lighting is a technique that existed way before this generation. Even centuries ago, this home improvement technique (which is not limited to home applications) was used not only for purposes of decoration and enhancement of aesthetics, but also to improve social interaction even at night and to ensure safety of the surroundings.

In selecting lighting for gardens and for the illumination of the home’s façade, several factors are integrated today, such as energy conservation, cost effectiveness, environmental considerations, safety aspects, and suitability for the existing landscape.

One important thing that should be decided on is whether to use conventional or unconventional sources of energy. Electricity, which is readily and commercially available, is the conventional source that is nuclear in terms of origin. Other alternatives include solar energy, fossil based energy, propane, natural gas, and fire. Among these sources, fire is the oldest technique used in Metro D.C. landscape lighting, but it requires a lot of planning for safety purposes. For that reason, it is a good idea to enlist the services of a professional Metro D.C. remodeling contractor that offers exterior remodeling and landscape lighting.

Landscape lighting is essential for the fullest appreciation and for better perception of a Metro D.C. home’s outdoor components. It is basically an art that needs to be carefully planned and carried out. The market offers thousands of lighting accessories, which may conform not just to the artistic criteria, but also to other factors like the awareness of the global environment and climate, originality, and creativity.

Lighting does not only pertain to the light per se. It also includes all other lighting accessories that come with it. In selecting such accessories, the existing landscape which includes plants, fixtures, and pavement should be carefully considered. The appropriateness of the accessories has a big effect on the entire scenario; do not place anything to ruin the over all look of the landscape. It should be noted that landscape lighting in Metro D.C. has several elements: power supply, wiring, and electrical fixtures.

The power supply should be consistent, reliable, environment friendly, and affordable. Lighting should last for the entire duration that the sun is out, every single night. Consistency is important to assure that the beauty of the landscape is appreciated every time somebody comes across it. Clean energy should be used so as to reduce the risk being posed by our population to the planet we are living in. And it should be practical and cost effective in order to get the most out of the investment.

On the other hand, wiring on for landscape lighting is very easy to conceal. Unlike indoors wherein one should hide it under the walls or in the ceiling, wiring on an outdoor setting is easy to hide under the ground. Note however that careful planning and layout of the wire should be done beforehand so that purchase of excess will be prevented.

Lastly, electrical fixtures serve as an aid to the existing landscape. This is due to the fact that even on daytime, lighting fixtures are still visible. It should not go in the way of the artistry of the overall design. It should be easy to appreciate, day in and day out.

Metro D.C. Landscape lighting should be executed after carefully planning every aspect that may affect the over all look of the home’s outdoor component.

If you are looking for a Metro D.C. & South Florida Remodeling Contractor then please call
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We have worked with Bob Berriz of Berriz Design on 4 different projects over the past 20 years. We have only worked with Bob because he has extraordinary conceptual and design skills and very high standards, is incredibly responsive, creative and full of ideas and options to meet your needs, stays actively engaged throughout implementation, is exceedingly resourceful in solving problems, uses only the highest quality materials, charges a fair and reasonable price, and is totally committed to your full satisfaction with the results.

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