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Do you have to choose between having a nice, clean home and having dogs? Is there a way to finish your home in a way that is canine friendly and still beautiful? I have struggled with this for years, but was not about to give up my dogs to have a home that I was proud to invite guests to and happy to live in. The purpose of my blog is to help other dog lovers find solutions for their home decorating and finishing problems. Here, you will find ideas of materials that can hold up very well to dogs in the house and tips for helping your dogs behave a little better in your beautiful home.

Landscape Lighting: What You Have To Light Vs. What You Want To Light

Landscape lighting design consists of two main focuses. There is necessary lighting for safety and protection, and then there is decorative lighting. Sometimes lighting can be both decorative and protective. To better understand these two landscape lighting design services, here is how and where these services are used in your yard. 

Necessary Landscaping Lighting

Landscape lighting is and becomes necessary for the protection of your home. This type of lighting prevents break-ins and burglaries because it highlights parts of your home where would-be criminals like to make their attempted break-ins.

Lighting of this sort includes:

  • Timed lights that turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn
  • Motion detection lights that turn on when something gets too close and/or passes by the lights' sensors
  • Solar lights that collect energy all day and glow brightly all night
  • ANY lighting placed near doors and under windows on the ground floor of your home
  • Sound or vibration detection lighting installed above windows and the tops of door frames (some of these lights will also trigger loud alarms)

Any other sort of lighting meant to prevent break-ins, burglaries, home invasions, etc., all fall under this main category of protective/security lighting. However, some of this lighting can also be decorative, as is the solar lighting that lines the walkway up to your front door.

Decorative Landscaping Lights

This is lighting you do not really need; you just want it or like it because it makes your property look nice. This ranges from solar fairy lights to glowing gazing balls to Christmas lights on the house or bushes. It may even include lighted statuary or a lighted fountain. A lighted koi pond is also popular.

Some of this lighting you can do on your own. The rest is done by a professional landscaper when the landscaper creates your perfectly-landscaped yard and wants to add color, lighting, and visual interest. Some decorative lighting can double as security lighting, depending on the lights and their planned locations for your yard.

The Perfect Mix of Necessary and Decorative Lighting

When you hire a professional landscaper that also provides lighting design, you will get the perfect mix of necessary security lighting and beautiful, decorative lighting. It takes a professional to get lighting design like this perfectly balanced between what you need and what you want. However, when your landscaper has completed the job, you will be very pleased with the outcome!