One of the best ways to make your home look its best is to utilize estate-quality architectural and landscape lighting to enhance and highlight features throughout the property. That is exactly the approach taken by the owners of the Nicholas Home in Encinitas, California. The challenges presented by the property were vast, which is why the lighting designer chose Auroralight Inc., a trusted landscape lighting company with almost 3 decades of experience. The results are featured in Houzz in a stunning gallery of photos that show how the right lighting can bring your home to life in new and exciting ways. 

In-Grade Lighting Reimagined

The greatest challenge presented by the Nicholas Home was the sheer size of the property. The home itself is approximately 12,000 square feet and is situated on about 2 acres of land. In addition, the lighting designer had to take into account the architectural features of the facade of the home. The predominant materials used are stunning stones, but they create an uneven surface that is difficult to light thoroughly without creating an imbalance. There are also quite a few water features around the property. Walkways cross over the water, and there is a large pool surrounded by trees and other landscaping. Finally, there is an open-air courtyard that needed to be lit in a way to make it functional at night without taking away from the beauty of the natural environment. 


With all of these factors in mind, the lighting designer chose to take full advantage of Auroralight’s vast selection of in-grade lighting. In-grade lighting has many benefits, but its most desirable feature is its subtlety. Auroralight’s products can be sunk easily into the ground or concrete so that they don’t disrupt the sight lines of a landscape and provide targeted lighting in the tightest areas. They are also highly customizable, with a variety of sizes and trim options. The uplighting created by the lights in this particular design brings out the beauty of the natural elements around the home as well as the strong facade. The sleek contours of each light fixture also create an effect that is simultaneously gentle and intentional. The results play out particularly well near the water features throughout the property where you can see the lights highlight the various paths’ gentle curves and the trees interspersed throughout. 

To summarize what it’s like to work products from a renowned landscape lighting company, the lighting designer simply said Auroralight provides, “quality, performance, appearance.” Undoubtedly our experience and engineering speak for themselves in the results at the Nicholas Home. 

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To achieve these results in your next architectural or landscape lighting project, contact us for information about products, customizations, and quotes. 

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