First of all, you should consider how you want to use your outdoor space. This will help you determine what kind of lighting you will need. If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors in the evening entertaining guests, you will probably want more lighting than someone who just wants a softly lit walkway leading to their front door. You will obviously want to put the focus on anywhere people will congregate if you're entertaining guests, but you should also think about any unique elements that you may have on your property. You will want to shed some light on those both literally and figuratively and make them easier to see.
Consider LED Lighting
LED lights will last a lot longer than other kinds of lighting, and they will be able to better withstand the elements and anything else that might cause problems for a traditional light fixture. No matter what kind of weather you may face, you can be sure that your LED lights will keep shining and illuminating your backyard or garden. They also require less maintenance, making them an excellent choice for landscapers on a budget.
Picture Your Home at Night
You will want to draft a landscape plan before you set up any of your lights, which means having a good idea of how your property will look when everything is done. When you do this, picture how everything will look at night. Just about everything looks different once the sun goes down, and what seemed like a good idea in the middle of the afternoon might not work as well in the dark.
Avoid Light Pollutio
Finally, always be mindful of light pollution whenever you set up any new lighting. The wrong kind of lights and fixtures will make everything look too harsh, and a poorly placed light could shine in someone's eyes if they are standing in a certain spot. Less is more when it comes to landscape lighting. Ambient light is good; bright spotlights that ruin your relaxing atmosphere are not.