R5 All is Illuminated

For more than 40 years, Elmsford-based Design Lighting by Marks, headed by President Mark Mosello, has been creating beautifully lit landscapes for area residents from business titans like Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase to celebs like Diana Ross and Ralph Lauren. Here, Mosello sheds light on the do’s and don’ts of landscape lighting.

What exactly is landscape lighting? The creation of an elegant illumination effect. Good landscape lighting is soft, understated, and elegant and creates a subtle welcoming effect. One should not be able to see the source of the lighting itself but, rather, its effect.

What are the benefits of professional outdoor lighting? In addition to aesthetics—it really looks beautiful—proper lighting can offer increased safety, visibility, and greater opportunity to use different aspects of one’s property, like a pool or patio.

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What’s the biggest mistake people make regarding outdoor lighting? Not hiring an experienced professional. Any electrician can install lights but very few can do it artistically.

What’s the future of outdoor lighting looking like? LED lighting. LEDs are more durable—they last nine years—and use ninety percent less energy than traditional bulbs while offering the same effect.

For more info: (914) 345-5100; designlightingbymarks.com

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