A fter the home is built and the yard is landscaped, there is nothing more to consider, right? Wrong! To really set off a home and increase the visual living space, you have to include an outdoor lighting scheme. A beautifully lit exterior doesn’t just play up a home's features – it also adds security and value. It is fairly easy to imagine the difference one feels sitting in a living room at night with black windows, and sitting in a living room with a view of a softly lit yard, with highlighted trees or perhaps a walkway. Being able to see beyond a dark window increases the visual space around you and limits hiding areas for would-be prowlers. In addition to visual space, you have additional living space. Proper lighting extends the hours you can enjoy your garden, porch or patio all year long. Once exposed to high-quality lighting fixtures and their possible effects, you won't want to be without them.
T he best way to choose these fixtures is to spend some time in the "landscape lighting laboratory" at Wholesale Electric Supply. This simulated home exterior has a landscaped yard complete with trees and bushes. There are more than 30 individually controlled fixtures allowing for dramatic presentations of such design techniques as down-lighting, moon-lighting, spotlighting, grazing, silhouetting, shadowing, up-lighting and cross-lighting. The lab features the Kichler Lighting line of landscape lighting fixtures, which are constructed to commercial specifications using materials such as cast aluminum, stainless-steel fittings and power-coated finishes for durability against the changing weather, even in our volatile Midwest climate.