How to Place Up-Lights in Your Yard
If you want your house to look beautiful after the sun goes down, up-lights are a great way to accentuate your exterior. Carter Oosterhouse shows you his trade secrets on how to use landscape lighting in different ways to create a subtle glow or wall of light. Whether you prefer solar or electric, here are some great tips on how to showcase your home.
Step 1: Light It Up
Up-lights are a great way to add ambience to your home after the sun goes down. Choose a few features of your house or yard that you want to accentuate.
Step 2: Sun, Sun, Sun, Here It Comes
Solar powered lights are easy to install; just plant them in the ground—- the soft light is great for accent lighting like on bushes but they don’t really have enough power to light up trees and taller objects.
Step 3: It's Electric
Before installing electric lights, use a flashlight to experiment where you want the lights to shine. Use a flashlight with an adjustable beam to determine whether you want it install a broad sweep of light or a narrow spot accenting one particular feature. Once you know where you want your lights, mark the spots with sprinkler flags.
Step 4:Color Me Lit
Some lighting kits come with different colored lenses. Different colored lighting can create interesting lighting schemes.
Step 5: Sketch It Out
It's a good idea to work on paper where you want your lights to go. You'll know what you need when you shop and you may get some inspiration while sketching it.
Step 6: Effect Not Fixture
Be sure and hide your fixtures from sight, nothing spoils the mystery more than easily seeing the source.
Step 7: Modify
Most lighting kits are easily modified to go up on tree limbs or other elevated points use your imagination and light it up!!
Items You'll Need
- Solar Powered Light
- Electric Lights
- Varying Beam Flashlight
- Sprinkler Flags
- Colored Lenses
- Light Modification Parts