Love and light. Light and love. In my world, they are mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive.

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With­out one the other can’t ex­ist. So, last sum­mer, when I took my girl­friend on an even­ing ad­ven­ture to visit one of my land­scape light­ing de­signs, it felt like a make or break point in the re­la­tion­ship. She saw first-hand the ex­treme pas­sion I have for light­ing. Lucky for me, it was not a deal breaker. I felt like I passed one of those com­pli­cated Cosmo re­la­tion­ship ques­tion­naires. Per­haps light­ing brought out the best in me, the way light­ing de­sign­ers use light to bring out the best in the land­scape and cre­ate romance be­tween peo­ple and their out­door spa­ces. “There is one fun­da­men­tal fact about light­ing: Where there is no light,, there is no beauty.”

– Billy Bald­win Close your eyes and imag­ine sit­ting in your back­yard after dusk. What do you see? If the view is noth­ing but dark and dis­com­fort, it’s time to em­brace the world of land­scape light­ing. Imag­ine bask­ing in the warm al­lure of a deck space or out­door kitchen lit for func­tion and soft am­biance. Con­sider tak­ing a night­time stroll un­der the trees through dra­matic and, seem­ingly, nat­u­ral moon­light. Or, be swept away by the view of sil­hou­et­ted green­ery un­der­scor­ing the depth and tex­ture of the en­tire prop­erty. Il­lu­mi­nate the high­lights of your prop­erty, and you’ll fre­quently find your­self out­side soak­ing up the night­time at­mos­phere.

Light­ing can also open up po­ten­tial for a whole new ex­pe­ri­ence with that spe­cial some­one. Much like my light­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with my part­ner, you and yours can light up your love life un­der the com­fort­able glow of well-lit sur­round­ings. It be­gins with an el­e­gant din­ner out­doors com­pli­mented by a soft lu­mi­nos­ity to set the mood. Then, swing in the hammock while shim­mer­ing light brings you closer to­gether. Or roast s’mores over an open fire while sip­ping from a glass of red vino and surveying the gor­geous even­ing glow of your prop­erty. The per­fect night­time light­ing is the key to set­ting the mood. Let your love light shine.

When the colder sea­son hits, you’ll find your­self day­dream­ing as you peer out at that vista. Even in the dead of win­ter it will still look ever-so grace­ful and invit­ing. Grab a wool blan­ket and set­tle down be­side the fire­place to rem­i­nisce about the warmer times out­doors. You’ll long to light up your love life over and over again. For those for­tu­nate enough to have a hot tub in the back­yard, well, what are you wait­ing for? Never be­fore has this pic­ture been so beau­ti­ful. Never has the time been so right. With the right light, romance awaits just out­side your door.

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