This post was written in partnership with Trex outdoor lighting.
Eight years ago when we jumped and moved across America to the country it was because we wanted to hear the crickets chirping and smell fresh cut hay and follow winding country paths home….
….and see the stars.
And stars are wonderful.
And fill the night sky with twinkling joy.
But just between us….when I walked outside to those chirping crickets and smelled the hay and walked those winding paths, those stars twinkled over a beautiful farmhouse was just a big blur in the twilight.
Now it’s lit up to perfection and we can check landscape lighting off our bucket list.
So if outdoor lighting is on your bucket list….
….here’s a few simple landscape lighting tips from our house to yours.
This is where we started.
Here’s what you saw last week when you went outside to listen to the crickets and see the stars.
Just a big blur in the twilight.
1. Decide what you want to highlight
This year’s winter was rough on our landscaping. Really rough. We lost some of our boxwoods and magnolias and hollys and nandinas.
I’m hoping that with time and a little love, they will come back visit again.
But in the meantime, I’m accentuating the positive.
Like our beautiful azaleas are in full bloom. And the knock-out roses are coming in as well as the day lilies and ornamental grasses.
So that’s what we highlighted with our landscape lighting.
This multi-function light from Trex was perfect for highlighting specific areas of the landscaping.
The LED light has a beautiful warm glow that brings out the perfect pink in these azaleas.
2. Highlight your pathways
We have a long side walk leading up to the farmhouse and several steps leading up to the door.
Every time I walk up that center walk and look up at that farmhouse, I smile.
Well, except on days that it’s raining. Then I’m frowning.
And trying to remind myself that April showers bring May flowers.
We wanted to bring attention to that center walkway with Trex outdoor path lights.
Here’s an example of what the pathway light looks like during the day.
We placed several of these pathway lights to highlight the sidewalk, as well as showcase the flowers we have planted along the edge of the walk.
(And to draw attention away from those poor, struggling nandinas).
3. Use spotlights for overall lighting
In addition to highlighting specific plants and shrubs, we wanted to provide overall lighting for the front of the house.
No more blur at twilight.
We used spotlights to visually define the edges of the landscaping, as well as showcase the larger trees.
They are struggling a little right now, too.
Here’s an example of one of the two spotlights that we used to illuminate the house and provide large areas of light for the landscaping.
We put one on either side of the center sidewalk.
You can adjust the heads after you install them to get the light where you want it.
4. Use a timer
Best tip ever.
If you are planning on installing landscape lighting, a timer is a must.
You can set it for a specific number of hours and the lights will come on automatically.
Set the timer and walk away and arrive home to a house lit up and waiting for you.
One more time for the road.
Just so you can totally see the difference.
Here’s the before….
Don’t you love it?
After all these years I’m so happy that we jumped and our little family continues to grow and thrive in the country. The move has had its challenges and blessings. Sometimes I miss all the noise and the restaurants and the theater and the convenience of a drive-thru diet coke. And life can be a little challenging when you get stuck behind an international harvester.
Truthfully, sometimes I miss the busy.
Not too often.
Not too much.
Especially when I walk outside on a crisp, clear night….take a deep breath….
…..and I see that landscape lighting.
PS Oh….and of course the stars. 🙂
Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with Trex Outdoor Lighting.
All opinions on lighting and stars and moving to the country are completely my own.
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