By Marion McParland
As the season starts to change and the daylight hours get shorter, now is the time to consider outdoor lighting for your garden or patio. By adding lighting to your landscape you can extend the season and enjoy many more evenings outdoors.
When designing a landscape lighting scene, the goal is to create a visual destination. This can take the shape of different types of focal points in a yard or garden, such as a large plant, water feature, or even defining boundaries. In addition to creating beauty, lighting your property adds safety and security.
Coastal Source, a Florida-based company with offices in New Jersey, generously donated, designed and installed all of the lighting at this year’s PHS Pop Up Garden. Stop by the PHS Pop Up after dark and see for yourself how lighting can transform an outdoor space into a dramatic escape. The Pop Up Garden is open through October 19 at 1438 South Street in Center City. Click here for a full schedule of events and hours.
Here, Coastal Source shares a few tips and tricks on enhancing your nightscape designs.
Color temperature: When used tastefully, the choice and mix of color temperatures throughout a nightscape can enhance the beauty of certain plant specimens. For example, plants with a blue tint or base can pop in any scene when a cooler lamp color is applied. Coastal Source LEDs come in a range of warm to cool color temperatures to allow room for creativity. An amber colored light is an option for use in coastal regions where turtle nesting is a concern.
Downlighting: One of Coastal Source’s favorite lighting techniques is installed from above. Whether you diffuse the light through the canopy of a tree to create a moonlit effect on a pathway or use it to create fill light on a bed of plants and flowers, downlighting can be a beautiful addition to pull a setting together. Keep in mind proper tree-mounting techniques to prevent fixture/cable girdling. Coastal Source tree mounts give the option of using adjustable nylon straps or titanium screws and hanger bolts that won’t harm the tree.
Modularity: Allowing your lighting to grow and change with your garden is important when trying to achieve the ultimate outdoor living space. What may look beautiful and in place at the time of installation might not be as appealing once your plants have reached their full growth. Coastal Source offers adjustable risers for a quick lift, and any of the components can easily be swapped for a better suited piece.