Paul Gosselin, President of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) and President of landscape lighting specialist NightScenes Corp., offers this advice when approaching an outdoor lighting plan.
DO control glare. Make sure that you can’t see the source of the light from primary viewing angles. You want to see the effect of the light, not the source.
DO think about different lighting sources. You don’t want to use the same fixture and lamp for everything. Some areas will need wider or softer light while others will need an intense focus of light.
DO leave a few feet of extra wire. Do this for each fixture location to allow for later adjustment as the landscape matures.
DON’T use too much light. Less is more. Use lower-lumen fixtures instead of throwing a lot of light at objects.
DON’T forget to adjust your lighting at night. You may need to move things around a few times to get the best effects.
DON’T bury your wires as you go along. You want to be absolutely sure where your fixtures will end up first.