Burkholder Brothers Highlights 2020 Landscape Lighting Trends

During summers and fall, people want to spend time outdoors, having a refreshing swim in a pool or hosting an outdoor barbeque. With outdoor lighting, homeowners can create a pleasing atmosphere where they can enjoy their outdoor space day or night. Thanks to new and advancing technologies, your outdoor lighting can be more customizable than ever, atmospheric, and make your home safer. Here are a few of the 2020 landscape lighting trends that can enhance your landscaping.

The Top 2020 Landscape Lighting Trends

Outdoor lighting used in pavilion at night | 2020 Landscape Lighting Trends | Burkholder Brothers

2020 landscape lighting trends highlight new landscaping technology developments and homeowners’ changing interests. Homeowners want more control over their lighting, which smart lighting systems provide. LED bulbs are great features of smart lighting systems that save homeowners money and grant them more design options. Path lighting continues to grow in popularity, along with new methods of lighting pathways.

Smart Lighting

Many technologies across all industries have gotten “smarter,” and the same is true for outdoor lighting. Smart lighting gives you greater control of how your home and landscaping are lit, through control systems in your home or apps on your mobile phone. With a few smart bulbs and switches (or an app for greater convenience) you can create a truly unique atmosphere and mood in your backyard by doing the following:

  • Dim or brighten specific lights as needed
  • Sync the lights to music for a pleasant party atmosphere
  • Use color-changing bulbs to cast different light colors as desired to highlight features of the landscape.

Smart lighting can also be programmed to activate at certain times, enabling homeowners to turn them on while away from home for added security. This feature is especially useful when the home has lighting zones that can be controlled individually.

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LED Bulbs

Outdoor path lighting used on walkway at night | 2020 Landscape Lighting Trends | Burkholder Brothers

In addition to smart lighting, LED bulbs have become an increasingly popular technology in landscape lighting. LED bulbs are energy efficient and long lasting, saving homeowners money and maintenance in the long-run. If you have a specific vision or design idea you want to include in your outdoor lighting, you have a variety of bulbs to choose from, including

  • Color-changing bulbs: As previously mentioned with smart lighting, color-changing bulbs help create any sort of atmosphere you want, such as a romantic dinner, backyard sports party, or a family get-together.
  • Retro bulbs: If you prefer the glow of halogen lights, but still want the efficiency of LEDs, some LED lightbulbs can provide a vintage glow like incandescent bulbs.

Homeowners can use the small LED bulbs in a wide range of lighting designs. LEDs can be used in festoon or string lighting (which is especially popular when used with structures like pavilions or decks), accent lighting to draw attention to certain landscape features, and in other outdoor light fixtures. With many design options and high energy efficiency, expect LED bulbs to continue being one of the most popular 2020 landscape lighting trends.

Subtle Path & Entryway Lighting

Asian-inspired courtyard with under stair lights | 2020 Landscape Lighting Trends | Burkholder Brothers

One of the most common uses of outdoor lighting for a home is pathway lighting, and in 2020, homeowners continue to recognize the benefits. Path lighting helps illuminate paths to make them safer for people, highlighting tripping dangers such as icy patches or uneven ground.

New lighting designs around home entryways, particularly stair lighting, have sprung up and are growing in 2020. An especially popular lighting trend in 2020 is hiding lights in plants or underneath entryway stairs and pathways. For example, installing lights under the stairs or in stair walls provides enough light for safety while giving your house a contemporary look. Hiding the lighting sources keeps the landscaping feeling natural while maintaining safety and aesthetics..

Contact Burkholder Brothers for Outdoor Lighting Services

Enhance your outdoor residential lighting with Burkholder Brothers. Burkholder has a team of experienced, passionate landscapers who have served Main Line area residents for decades. We provide a comprehensive set of services, such as outdoor lighting design, outdoor kitchen and fireplace installation, landscaping, and more. Our team works with you to create a beautiful, immaculate landscape and ensure that your landscape will be maintained and continue looking great. If you are interested in implementing these 2020 landscape lighting trends into your home, contact Burkholder Brothers today!

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