Lighting isn’t always the first thing we consider when putting together the design of our outdoor spaces. However, as the concepts of sustainability and energy efficiency become more emphasized in modern home designs, lighting also becomes a prospective area of improvement, especially for outdoor spaces. 

At Groff Landscape Design, we take landscape design and construction to another level through our attention to detail. From producing beautiful softscape arrangements to efficient outdoor lighting installations, we make sure your landscape fits your vision in every way. Our regularity in return and referred customers across Arlington, VA and Northern Virginia occurs because of this level of attentiveness, as well as because of our strong work ethic and collaborative service. 

Here’s what you should know about making sure your outdoor lighting is environmentally-friendly: 

Why Have Eco-Friendly Outdoor Lighting? 

Lower Costs

The most obvious aspect of having green outdoor lighting is that it will cost you less in the long run. Not only do eco-friendly lights use less energy, but they’re also more durable and longer-lasting, which means you won’t have to change them as often as other forms of lighting. 

Decrease Effect on Personal Health and Wildlife

As we all know, artificial lights are a relatively new aspect of our world. Before that, all life on Earth primarily lived according to the planet’s natural day-night cycle. 

Today, because of the lights we now have, we’ve become less inclined to stick to this cycle, while local wildlife still do. This of course leads to various effects on both us and them, which studies have found are quite detrimental. 

To avoid these negative effects, we recommend using eco-friendly lights with a low color temperature (which is often a warm orange hue) for your outdoor lighting. They emit less blue light and have less of an effect on wildlife in the area.

What Types of Lights are “Green”?

Ideal Fixtures

First of all, before deciding on the type of light you’d like to use for your outdoor space, you should consider what type of fixture you’ll be using to install them in. 

According to the International Dark Sky Association, there are certain kinds of fixtures that are ideal to use for outdoor lighting, particularly those that are fully shielded to reduce the amount of light pollution and glare in outdoor spaces. 

Here are a few of fixtures to look for: 

  • Barn Lighting
  • “Period”-Style Fixtures
  • Properly-aimed PAR Floodlights
  • Flush Mounted or Canopy Fixtures
  • Wallpack & Wall Mount Fixtures
  • Full Cutoff Fixtures

These types of fixtures are best for reducing the amount of light pollution from your outdoor space, limiting the effects your outdoor lighting may have on the surrounding wildlife and environment. Of course, these effects also depend on the type of lighting you install. 

Below, we provide a few lights that are highly-efficient and limit the negative effects of outdoor light:

  • LED (Light Emitting Diode)

LEDs have become the most-used type of lights for indoor and outdoor lighting because of their energy-efficiency. Unfortunately, depending on the color temperature of the bulbs you purchase, LED lights emit a large amount of blue light, which is the type of light that produces most negative effects from artificial lighting. Therefore, if you’d like to use LED lights in your outdoor space, we recommend using bulbs with a low color temperature (usually around 3000 Kelvins). 

  • HPS (High Pressure Sodium)

Unlike for LED lighting, HPS lighting is one type of light that the International Dark Sky Association recommends using for your outdoor spaces. These lights are often used as efficient alternatives for street lights in many cities, the kind that emit the dim orange-color that you may see on highways and main roads. Though they are a little more expensive, they are more “true to life” in terms of color temperature and lighting than LEDs and LPS lights. 

  • LPS (Low Pressure Sodium)

LPS lights are another alternative light source the IDA recommends. They are highly efficient and only emit a narrow spectrum of “pumpkin orange light”. These are often used near astronomical observatories and protected environments, as they produce very little light pollution and are least likely to affect the surrounding area. 

Groff Landscape Design: Outdoor Lighting Installation in Arlington, VA

Using the right type of lighting in your landscape design is just one of the many ways for you to reduce the size of your carbon footprint and the effects on wildlife within your landscape. Moreover, if you are seeking to create a landscape that is both refined and highly-sustainable, consider working with Groff Landscape Design. We have performed numerous landscaping projects, including hardscape construction and premium outdoor lighting installation services, all for clients across Arlington, VA and Northern Virginia. 

Contact us at (703) 999-8225 for more information and schedule an appointment to make your landscape a sight to behold.