A Match Made in Heaven: Landscape Architects and Lighting Designers

September 22, 2020

As lighting experts, we've seen our share of beautifully designed landscapes around Nashville's homes. Unfortunately, while stunning during the day, some of these properties lack the same punch at night because of poor lighting.

As a landscape architect, your value is directly related to your ability to create spaces that elicit an immediate emotional response from clients. You can deliver even greater satisfaction to homeowners by ensuring they can feel the same way about their landscaping in the evening using thoughtful lighting design.

When designed and installed properly, lighting can, in fact, transform your creation into a new environment your client can experience and enjoy only at night.

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A proper lighting design should enhance your design and not detract from your creation.

That requires experience in lighting design, fixture selection, and installation methods, not to mention lamp output, beam spread, and color temperature. You need to consider several factors to ensure your lighting delivers the proper effect. As a general rule of thumb, you should consider the following: 

  • Whenever possible, the lighting fixtures should be hidden or out of site. The focus should be on what is illuminated, not the source.

  • When determining what to illuminate (a pathway, fountain, flowerbed, etc.), realize there are various ways to position your light fixture that will yield uniquely different lighting effects.
  • Install fixtures that are built to last. Many brass or copper fixtures come with lifetime warranties and are essential. You don’t want your reputation affected by having part of the lighting system fail. To that point, be sure someone can service the lighting system. Your design is a living space and periodic adjustment of lighting fixtures will be necessary to maintain optimal lighting.
  • Include lighting controls and timers for ease of use. Just as your landscape can simply be enjoyed during the day, so too should your landscape at night. If your client wants more control of what is illuminated and when, consider zoning your lighting to highlight different areas of the landscape at night.

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For more on specific outdoor lighting techniques, check out the blog.

Landscape Architects and Lighting Designers Maximize Enhancements, Not Distractions

The last thing you want is for your landscape lighting to detract from the beauty of your design. Lighting should be an enhancement, not a distraction. Our approach focuses on subtlety and sophistication, using fixtures that disappear into the landscape while highlighting key elements. We understand that less is often more, and our lighting solutions are tailored to complement your landscape architecture, ensuring the focus remains on your design's natural charm.

The Impact of Joining Landscape Architects and Lighting Designers

Landscape architecture is a multifaceted art that revolves around shaping outdoor spaces into living canvases. It's a craft that melds creativity, functionality, and environmental harmony to craft outdoor environments that evoke emotions and captivate the senses. When the sun sets, many might assume that the canvas goes dark, but that needn't be the case. This is where the transformative power of lighting comes into play, extending the life and impact of landscape architects and lighting designers far into the night.

Beyond the practicality of illuminating pathways for safety, outdoor lighting offers an exciting opportunity to infuse your landscape architecture with an entirely new dimension. It's about more than just ensuring people can see where they're going; it's about enhancing the beauty and allure of the outdoor space, allowing it to take on a different character when the stars come out.

Imagine, for a moment, the enchanting dance of shadows across a gracefully curving garden path, the warm glow of strategically placed lights casting a gentle aura on a tranquil water feature, or the dramatic play of light and shadow emphasizing the rugged texture of a stone wall. These are the enchanting possibilities that lighting unlocks for landscape architects.

The artistry of lighting lies in its capacity to accentuate the features, textures, and subtleties that define your landscape architecture. It's about highlighting the architectural elements, sculpting the terrain's topography, and painting the natural beauty of plantings with layers of light. With the right illumination, your landscape design becomes a living work of art that takes on different personas as the day transitions into night.

In essence, outdoor lighting isn't merely a functional add-on; it's a creative tool that allows landscape architects and lighting designers to manipulate and sculpt their designs even after dusk. It's the magical brushstroke that transforms a daytime masterpiece into a captivating nocturnal wonder. So, embrace the potential of the landscape architect and lighting designers, and discover how the right interplay of light and shadow can elevate your landscape architecture to a whole new level, unveiling a world of beauty and intrigue that comes to life under the moon's gentle gaze.

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It's a lot to keep up with, we know. And we're here to help.

At Light Up Nashville, we've provided lighting design and installation for hundreds of homes in Nashville, Brentwood, Gallatin, and beyond. One of our favorite things to do is ensure lighting is installed correctly the first time so clients don't end up with new landscaping they can't enjoy in the evenings. 

By combining the talents of landscape architects and lighting designers, you can create the kind of aesthetic you and your clients want efficiently and effectively.

That's why we don't just work with homeowners.

We provide lighting design, installation, and maintenance services directly to landscape architects and lighting designers help them deliver even more value to their clients. 

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Partnering with Light Up Nashville is easy.

1 - Once you've finished the design, we'll assist in adding lighting to your plans. We prewire systems as needed if new hardscapes or other architectural elements are part of your project.

2- We install the lighting system, ensuring our wiring and installation do not affect your landscape design.

3. We will maintain the lighting for a full year at no charge to your client and offer yearly maintenance plans after the first year to keep your landscapes properly lit for years to come. 

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As you approach your next landscape project and are considering how to best illuminate your design, please contact Light Up Nashville if we can be of help to you. Our goal is similar to yours.

We want to enhance beautiful landscape settings throughout middle Tennessee and inspire our customers to enjoy their homes and property to the fullest.

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If you're looking to hire an outdoor lighting designer, contact us for a free consultation.

Are you a customer already working with a landscape architect? We want to help them make your property look spectacular. 

Light Up Nashville is a local business that has been lighting up Nashville since 2012. Our team has years of experience creating and installing unique and elegant outdoor lighting designs and providing maintenance and repair services to homes and businesses across Middle Tennessee. Our award-winning company has been voted 1st in Nashville House & Home for landscape lighting for four consecutive years and Best of Houzz for the last three years. 


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