Landscape Lighting Design Tips

Great tips on from certified landscape designer Mike Gotowala

There is something magical about a poolscape at night. When the sun sets, a different vibe takes over the scene—something romantic, more intriguing. This is one detail that needs proper management because it actually enhances the other amenities found throughout the outdoor space.

Professional landscape lighting experts begin by studying an outdoor space and determining the best method of producing the perfect nighttime experience—starting with safety. Proper outdoor lighting provides guests with a sense of well-being, which is why the right amount of lights along paths, steps, and around the pool itself is imperative.

Once safety concerns are resolved, the designer will create the drama. From uplighting the surrounding landscaping to artfully placing in-pool LEDs, lighting plays an important role in a backyard environment.

“Award-winning lighting design requires many lighting types and methods blended in proportion with strategically placing fixtures throughout the landscape,” says Mike Gotowala, certified landscape designer, Preferred Properties Landscaping, Cheshire, CT. “Certain areas of the poolscape allow for the WOW factor. LED moon lighting and colored lens on certain landscape elements put the vacation emotion right in your own backyard—plus, the kids love to swim under the stars!”

Photo courtesy of Michael Gotowala,

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