1. Getting Started
2. Picking Your Subject
3. Choices of Light
LED, on the other hand, is quickly becoming the standard favorite because of its performance. Burks states that LED is “longer lasting and the energy consumption is a lot less.” Whereas a 50 watt halogen light might have been the most effective choice for a homeowner in the past, a six or seven watt LED light can produce the same effect now. As an example, Burks states, “We worked on a project up in Cleveland and we took out 18,500 watts [halogen] and replaced it with 3500 watts [LED] and got a lot better coverage. You can do so much with so little.”
If you are budget conscious, keep in mind that LED is going to cost more than halogen or fluorescent lighting.
4. Color Temperature and Degrees
5. Creating Effects
If you want to illuminate a garden or path in your yard, you could place the light inside a tree or a trellis facing down over the desired area of focus. This is known as downlighting. Moonlighting is a similar effect that is achieved by placing a large light fixture with a full glare guard high up in a tree and angled toward the ground so that it creates shadow patterns on the ground resembling natural moonlight. Another lighting effect is silhouetting which you accomplish by placing a spotlight behind a feature, creating an illuminated backdrop. This is ideal for displaying the dark outline of a striking specimen plant or topiary or even a sculpture.