designing an outdoor Lighting system

The design process

Before anything is determined, a great designer will discuss with their client the purpose of the system. This could mean: what they want to accentuate, what they are expecting, functions, etc.


The Designer will then do a site assessment, looking for focal points, main landscape features, lighting paths and layers. This process can be lengthy, depending on the project scope.
This assessment will also help determine where to run the wire and transformer location.

Fixture location

The Designer will then determine the fixture locations and types of fixtures at those locations. If the Designer is a professional (like we are at Apex Outdoor Systems) , it will look like there are a lot of lights. There may seem like a lot of lights, but that is because each landscape feature will require a different set up. For example, a large Japanese Maple (or any large tree) will usually require at least 3 fixtures. Why? Because in order for the light to create a 3D effect it needs to hit different angles of the tree, otherwise it will just look flat.

fixture type

What type of fixture? Well there are options. Usually, Brass is the best choice. It looks good and it lasts a long time. Sometimes though, a Black fixture (aluminum) is the best option to align with a landscape design or house architecture. Sure the Brass fixtures will cost more now, but they last much longer than their counterparts.
At the end of the day, you have to make sure you get in touch with a Professional Designer who is experienced and knows what they are talking about. Just because your landscaper can get the Landscape Lighting Fixtures for you does not mean they are any good at Outdoor Lighting.
Remember, you want this system to last and look amazing for years, so don’t cut corners.