After three and a half years of stumbling over my own two feet, it happened: we lit up the yard so I would stop tripping all under the guise of “landscape lighting.”
Calling it “landscape lighting” makes it sound so much cooler than it really is. As if we have a lot of yard to landscape. And as if we have a clue how to showcase any landscaping we do have with appropriate lighting. The truth is far different. The truth is, we added some lights to our front yard so I won’t trip up when walking up the stairs in our dark days for the next 6 or so months.
We live in Seattle. Like other northernly cities, in the fall and winter it is freakin’ dark. Like all the time dark. Like certainly when I am coming home from work in high heels, with two kids, various backpacks/bags, grocery bags, a purse, car keys, a lunch bag, and maybe a box or two of stuff I had shipped to my office kind of dark (this is only a slight exaggeration – sometimes I skip the grocery store). So we’ve been wanting some lighting to help light the way. Literally. We’ve got a porch light, but because our walkway is off-center the porch light doesn’t reach far enough onto the walkway. So we needed lighting on the other side of the yard and here’s what we got:
We went for a set of wired lights that we could just plug in to an outlet at the front of the house. Of course, this necessitated adding the outlet first.
(Please ignore the really hideous siding.) If you are thinking we could have just used solar lights, you are mistaken. We’ve tried that and Seattle’s dark and gray skies in the winter just don’t juice up those solar panels enough so that they let off any light at night. These wired lights are much better.
M did all the install on this – and he did a mighty fine job. He hid the wire by pulling out the bricks and laying it under them. You can’t even tell he was there.
Then the rest of the wire is buried in the ground. We have just four lights, but they make such a difference to the overall brightness in our front yard. No more tripping! And the side benefit is that it shows off our “landscaping” (um, that’s what I’m calling our heavenly bamboo over on the side…).
So anyone else brighten up your dark days with some landscape lighting? Or totally try to claim that a few plants are considered a “landscape”? So glad I won’t be trippin’ no mo!