Cincinnati Landscape Lighting Guide

Here’s our guide to landscape lighting in Cincinnati. A great landscape lighting design can highlight your beautiful yard and extend your enjoyment into the evening hours. Using a variety of techniques brings your home into a whole “new light.” Here’s our Cincinnati Guide to Landscape Lighting.

With landscape lighting, the play of light and shadow on walls creates a beautiful visual appeal.  There are multiple techniques that can help create the effects you desire.

Landscape Lighting for Walls

Photo courtesy of Kichler Lighting

This landscape lighting technique directs the eye to the textures, shapes and height differences of items in plant beds, adding depth and style.

Add depth and dimension to stucco, brick, stonework or architectural features of a home or building with the grazing technique. .

In-ground lighting delivers light to permanent and semi-permanent installations such as sidewalks, large mature trees, walls and flagpoles.

The shadowing technique directs the eye to the textures, shapes and height differences of items in plant beds, adding depth and ambiance.

This landscape lighting technique draws attention to an interesting shape by lighting a vertical surface behind the object to accent that unique shape.

With this technique, you can highlight stone features, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, steps, handrails, benches and more.

Landscape Lighting for Pathways and Walkways

Lighting up pathways, walkways and garden edges is both functional and helps make walking safer and beautiful.
  Depending on your application, you may need different techniques.

Landscape lighting courtesy of supplier Kichler

We find that accent plants like Cacti, grasses and the stone used in xeriscape designs benefit from lower lumen illumination than traditional landscaping.

With path lighting techniques you can Illuminate sidewalks, stone paths and lawn walkways while adding a hint of intrigue to boulders and plant beds.

You can also highlight the beauty and details of decks, patios, outdoor kitchens, steps, handrails and other vertical features.

Additional Landscape Lighting Effects

With landscape lighting, you can create beautiful effects with the play of light through leaves or water. 
 These techniques can bring a sense of calm and magical wonder to your yard.

Landscape lighting images courtesy of Kichler

Landscape lighting images courtesy of Kichler

Strategically lighting background areas around bodies of water that then reflect the landscape off the water creates mirror landscape lighting.

By pacing a fixture high in a tree, the light catches the details of branches and emulating the look of moonlight.

By enhance and highlight flowing water in waterfalls, streams and fountains, it creates a magical mirroring effect on still waters.

Watch this helpful video from Kichler on landscape lighting to learn more.


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