Landscape Lighting

whaas_5a(5A SE WI)January 14, 2013

I recently installed daylight CFLs outside and they definitely illuminate the landscaping around the patio and garage.

Right now the bright white light which has a slight blue hue looks very crisp and modern and goes well with the house.

Although I'm not sure if I like it because its winter and there is snow on the ground or if its just "different" compared to all the incandescent looking lighting around the area.

If choosing between the crisp white light and the softer light with a yellow hue which would you go for season long and why?

I asked three other people and they all gave the same answer. I think I like but not sure, it looks more modern.

At the end of the day I think I'm chosing either the white light to highlight the house or the warm light to highlight the plants.

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You might just be the only person I've ever heard of who prefers that cool spectrum light. Generally when I'm suggesting a client go with LED fixtures vs. halogen, I have to convince them we can lamp them with something that will be a warm light.

As for my personal preference? Warm. I didn't pay attention to the CFL I bought for my porch light, and it's a cool one. From inside it looks like a European luxury car with HID headlights is parked in my front yard and lighting up the porch. From down the street, a neighbor commented that we have a very Close Encounter of the Third Kind thing going on. Oh well, the last CFL porchlight only lasted seven years...

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 4:00PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Thanks for the comments. My other half purchased daylight on a mistake so I figured I try them as I've never tried them outside. I actually think the daylight CFLs look horrendous indoors for any application. Outdoors I'm still undecided.

I have a car with HID headlights and they do look like that!

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 8:28PM
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Lighting is one of the most important aspects of landscaping. Proper outdoor lighting allows you to highlight focal points of your landscape. It is more than just shining any light.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 11:28AM
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In answering the initial question you can call me old school but I'm definitely for light that looks Norman Rockwell approved. The CFL's and some of the LED's seem, to me, like they belong on an icy planet in a scifi movie. By the same token, I could see them for a specific, artistic use where something "chilly" looking is called for. But not for most average "scapes."

    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 8:14PM
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I agree with the post above � if you are going to use landscape lighting, you need to plan it properly. Some like to focus on plants in the middle of the yard or even some choose to shine light onto the house. It depends on the type of effect you are trying to achieve.

Here is a link that might be useful: Landscaping

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 11:18AM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Thanks for the additional comments. I think my liking for this bright white was temporary. If I end up using more lighting in the yard I would never use that bright white light on the plants. I think I just like the way it lit up the house, perhaps the winter snow made me temporarily biased.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 8:19PM
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I kind of like the idea of changing lighting effects for the seasons! Not the weirdest idea, they make blue filters.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 12:46AM
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I'll go with the softer light with a yellow hue, well I think the softer lights are ideal to use outdoors for landscaping purposes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Castlerock Landscape

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 10:22PM
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