We need to consider how the proposed lighting will enhance the form, color and texture of the soft and hard landscape elements. Lighting should serve to unify both interior and exterior design themes, conceal what may be unattractive and shape the view of the landscape at night.
Most likely, the answer will be a combination of two or more of these uses. A specific technique can be employed to satisfy more than one requirement…
for example, uplighting a prominent tree near the house entrance will provide safety, security and aesthetic enhancement.
One common mistake is to overlight; low levels of light create subtle beauty, and are often also sufficient for safety and security. Use brighter lighting effects for focal points, and consider the effects that different light intensities will have on the overall design.