- Pathway lighting may be the most important lighting to install. Even if you’re on a budget, you’ll want to be able to walk through your landscape at night safely. When lighting the path directly, “we stagger the lighting from side to side, and never have it in a row or all on one side,” says Gerry DuBreuil of Belknap Landscape Company, Inc. in Gilford, NH. Other landscapers agree. “When you offset the lights, there’s a sense of balance,” says Matt Barton of Copper Creek Landscaping, Inc. in Mead, WA. Of course, you needn’t feel that all pathway lighting needs to be right along the edge of the path. “We’ll use some path lights, but then add some ambient lighting within the beds to provide depth,” says DuBreuil.Landscape designer and garden artisan, Scott Cohen, of The Green Scene in Northridge, CA emphasizes the importance of outdoor path lighting for both safety and wayfinding. Wayfinding is the process by which people find their way through your landscape. At night, lighting is essential for guiding people along your garden’s pathways.
Path Lighting Mistakes to Avoid:
- Placing lights too close together – can create a runway effect
- Using lights that are too bright – subtlety is key in path lighting
- Lights that shine up into visitors eyes, or create glare