Installing outdoor lighting can do wonders for the look of your yard, garden, and home – especially when it gets dark! It’s a great way to give your outdoor space a whole new vibe.
Keeping pathways well-lit is a must if you want to keep your visitors and property safe. A bright and illuminated area deters thieves since they won’t be able to stay hidden in the dark.If you need some help with lighting design, you can always ask for help from an experienced local contractor.
A common issue with installing outdoor lighting is figuring out how to disguise the lights and wires. It can be tricky, but with a bit of planning it’s possible to have your landscape looking great in no time.
Making sure all your electrical items are camouflaged is essential if you want your garden to look attractive. Check out these tips on how to do so.
- Use your planters to hide them.
If you’re looking for a creative way to hide outdoor lights, planters are your answer. Planters are an effective way to conceal well lights from view, especially on patios and poolside decks. Not only do they provide great coverage but they can add a touch of style and color to the space.
Any plant that sheds leaves or flowers in the fall is a good option for a planter. These include ivy, hibiscus, and ferns. You can also use succulents or cacti. Peony bushes make great planters for the late spring and summer months because of their beautiful blooms. For lower light levels, plants such as geraniums work well as well.
- Carefully choose the lights that will naturally blend in your outdoor space.
There are lights available that mimic the appearance of stones or other elements found in nature. These lights are a great way to light up your outdoor area, like flowerbeds, lawns or gardens, without compromising the natural beauty of the space.
Wanna be creative? Match your light fixtures with the environment – go for dark brown fixtures if you’re setting them up in a flower bed with dark soil, and so on. It’s an easy way to look stylish and elegant. The lights blend in with the earth so they can be hard to spot if you’re not searching for them because their hue is close to that of the soil.
- Feed wires through the gutters.
If you don’t have the option to bury the wires, try running them through your rain gutters. That way, you can get the wires closer to where you need them, without affecting how your house looks. Plus, you won’t have to dig up your yard either. That’s perfect for paved areas – it’s way quicker and cheaper than removing concrete.
- Bury them underground (why not?)
Electrical wires can be a real pain when you’re trying to navigate around, or just when they’re taking up space and making a room look cluttered. The only proper way to deal with them is to hide them, but that isn’t always feasible if the wires are lengthy or run from one side of the room to another.
The best way to hide cords outside of a wall is to use a cable or wire raceway for better organization. This can help keep everything tidy and out of sight. Don’t worry if you need to run cables across your property – it’s pretty straight forward. You can even bury them in the ground to keep them out of sight, and it’s not as difficult as you may think.
Start by hanging up the lights in your outdoor area. Take a few days before burying the wires so you can see how your yard looks at night and make any changes to the light placements before burying them.
Once you’re happy with the organization of your wires, fasten them together using zip ties. It helps keep it clean and tidy. Afterwards, run them through PVC pipes which will serve as protection against potential damage due to the soil or other elements.
Once you’ve got your trench dug (it should be between 6 to 12 inches deep), drop the pipe in and cover it with the dirt. Then, put the sod back on top so it looks like nothing ever happened.
If you’re running wires through a flowerbed, you don’t need to bury them too deep. Just lay the cables and cover them with 2-5 inches of mulch.
- Hide the wires by using something decorative.
Copper pipes can be pretty when they’re attached to the outside of the building and used for wiring. Similarly, painted wood molding can hide any wires you have running along your house’s eaves.
Incorporating a decorative element to hide the outdoor wires can be a great way to enhance your outdoor space. There are plenty of options to choose from that can provide an aesthetically pleasing solution while still keeping the wires tucked away neatly.
Hiding landscape lights and wires is key to achieving a great lighting effect for your outdoor area. Concealing them correctly will leave your landscape looking neat and organized and give it a much more attractive appeal.
Working with exposed wiring can be a nerve-wracking experience. It requires careful planning and execution to ensure that the job is done correctly and safely. Whether you choose to tackle the project yourself or hire a professional, it’s important to understand the risks involved and take all the necessary safety precautions.
Need Professional Help With Concealing Your Outdoor Wires?
Don’t let those unsightly wires take away from the beauty of your outdoor space. Professional help is available to safely and discreetly conceal your outdoor wires for a clean, polished look. Let the experts handle it and enjoy the benefit of having an organized and tidy outdoor space.
At Palmetto Outdoor Lighting, we provide a variety of outdoor lighting options for you to use. From syncing outdoor lights to your home’s electrical system, producing light in the day and moonlight at night, and adding festive touches for the holidays. Just give us a call for assistance!