The Path of Enlightenment: The Development of Lighting Design
It’s no secret that outdoor lighting can completely transform the look and feel of your home. Whether you’re looking to illuminate your property for safety, security, or simply to highlight and beautify your home’s features, Bolt Outdoor Lighting has a solution for you.
Our team of outdoor lighting professionals has the know-how, creativity, and passion for giving your home the perfect evening ambiance. If you’ve ever wondered how we do it, this post is for you!
Bolt’s lighting design principles are based on the work of Janet Lennox Moyer. Moyer, a leading expert in her field, is credited with scene creation and focal points techniques, which are widely used today in landscape lighting. With her background in both landscaping and lighting design, Moyer’s expertise makes her a touchstone in our industry. Her seminal work, The Landscape Lighting Book, was first published in 1992. Later editions include updates in consideration of modern technological advancements.
In the 1990s, Moyer founded ILLI, The International Landscape Lighting Institute. It was here that Bolt’s lead designer, Kevin, studied the techniques that influence our craft to this day. Kevin’s training at ILLI taught him how to lead the eye of the viewer intentionally, and to create a scene using foreground, midground, and background layers. The effect is a design that doesn’t just light your home but helps create a complete picture.
For Your Consideration
When planning the outdoor lighting design for your home, we consider your lifestyle, aesthetic tastes, and intended use for your outdoor areas. Is your look blingy or subtle? Are you hosting parties outdoors or lounging poolside with a book and a blanket? We also look at your home in terms of its architectural style, colors, and the surrounding foliage factor before deciding on a specific approach.
But designing the perfect outdoor lighting system isn’t as simple as picking out a few light fixtures. Besides fixture types, sizes, and finishes, the lighting designer must also develop and calculate things like:
- Kelvin. Material colors react to light differently. A lighter color reflects light, whereas a dark color requires more lumens to illuminate it properly. Lower lumens can subtly complement garden art, while higher lumens are ideal for reaching tall trees or peaks of buildings.
- Lumens. Material colors react to light differently. A lighter color reflects light, whereas a dark color requires more lumens to illuminate it properly. Lower lumens can subtly complement garden art, while higher lumens are ideal for reaching tall trees or peaks of buildings.
- Beam spread. Used for intent and design. Narrow beams can reach further and create a heightened sense of drama, while wide beams wash a larger area at a shorter range.
- Lens and Color. An added optic lens cover can add a unique spread, distortion, or color. In recent years, RGB lighting has expanded beyond commercial lighting and is becoming more popular for residential properties as it gives any area of your home or garden a much-needed pop. Many of our customers find RGB lighting is the perfect festive feature for the holidays.
As knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate as we are about light design, you can be sure that the Bolt Outdoor Lighting team will give you the lighting design of your dreams. Reach out today, and let’s get started.