If you have a beautifully landscaped exterior, or a special outdoor feature, you can enjoy it even in the dark. Scott Sissom with Elegant Outdoor Lighting in El Dorado Hills offers artistic outdoor lighting design and professional installation.
“We paint portraits with light and create settings that give viewers an expanded experience of the property,” said Sissom.
There are three main reasons why homeowners invest in outdoor lighting: 1) security; 2) access; 3) drama.
One of the most delightful effects of outdoor lighting is opening up the visual living space. Viewing special outside features — trees, statues, trellises or waterfalls — and watching the play of light and shadow gives a living panorama of the landscape in evening dress.
Illuminating pathways, sidewalks and stairs provides safe walkways for guests as well as the home’s residents.
Low-voltage lighting strategically directed can eliminate shadow areas. “People love how it makes them feel safer,” said Sissom. “Plus, a lighted entrance welcomes them as they come home.” Outdoor lighting adjusts to the onset of darkness, which in the Sacramento region is around 5 p.m. in the winter months.
The newer warm white LED lights are replacing the older blue-cast lights, said Sissom. The light is the most natural and has the best feel, and the bulbs are guaranteed for 15 years instead of just one year. Being low voltage helps reduce energy usage and light pollution from overspill.
Sissom, who grew up in Fair Oaks, said lighting was always a passion for him. It is his artistic medium, which he uses to create beautiful scenes.
He worked with landscape designers, and made the Dean’s List in Entrepreneurship at Sonoma State University. In 2008 he ran his own landscape construction company. Now, as a Certified Low Voltage Lighting Technician with the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals, Sissom (license No. 923166) is able to develop his passion.
He is attuned to the different ways to illuminate an exterior landscape. “It can be formal or whimsical,” he said. Using cross-lighting, or backlighting, will give texture and depth to the landscape and structures.
When he makes an appointment to walk the property, Sissom said everyone is included in the design process. “I take notes and actually dream about the design,” he said.
The installation uses high-quality solid copper and brass fixtures and top-grade transformers. Free maintenance for one year is included, covering bulb replacement, voltage and amperage checks, cleaning and repairs.
Sissom said exterior home lighting is relatively new in residential living. In addition to increasing the enjoyment of residents with safety, security and enchanting scenes, it adds value to the home.
To make an appointment or obtain more information call Scott Sissom at (926) 256-5545, or visit elegantoutdoorlighting.com.