Our Design Philosophy

A Message from Founder Patrick Harders About Our Company Values and his Vision for Your Home

Since 2011, I’ve spent most of my evenings working on designs. Now, I can see a home during the day and immediately picture in my mind’s eye how it would look with great lighting. However, so many “lighting designers” lack this essential experience. In many cases, the people who call themselves experts in the field are landscapers or lighting franchisees who have taken a 1- or 2-day class and spent the majority of their time learning about the product, installation, and sales process.

But lighting design isn’t just about technical know-how: there’s artistry involved. With this in mind, we have taken our collective experiences and designed one of the most comprehensive lighting design training programs in the nation. After all, it takes years of hands-on experience to fully understand how to use light to create an amazing outdoor lighting design. There’s so much that goes into a single installation.

How We Create the Perfect Lighting for Your Home

Before a single fixture is staked into the ground, you have to consider the object being lit, the viewing angles, the light source, the beam spread, and the color temperature. The light fixture itself also plays a crucial role in determining whether outdoor lighting will add to the elegance of your home or detract from it. At Enlightened Lighting, we design and manufacture our own LED fixtures, so we know their capabilities. This in-depth knowledge allows us to take our designs to the next level.

Why Lighting Matters to Us

I believe that a great lighting design can have a powerful effect on a home. Lighting packs an emotional punch—it’s why I love working on designs so much! With great outdoor lighting, you can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, ease tension and stress, and create the perfect getaway to unwind and relax. It adds drama and atmosphere to your outdoor spaces, allowing you to enjoy your home even after dark.



While a lot may go into the lighting design process, we keep our design philosophy simple: We’ll accentuate your home’s architectural features, provide subtle, ambient exterior lighting in your outdoor spaces, and customize each landscape lighting design according to your tastes and preferences. Our goal is to make your vision come to life, and it’s through our years of experience and our design philosophy that we make that happen.

Our Philosophy is Simple:

  • Accentuate your home’s architectural features
  • Provide subtle ambient exterior lights in outdoor spaces
  • Customize each landscape lighting design to your tastes and preferences

Following this simple design philosophy, we seek to create a stunning exterior lighting design for every customer, every time.

  • The Illuminating Engineering Society
  • Association of Lighting Professionals
  • The International Landscape Lighting Institute
  • 2021 Winner Lighting Design Awards
  • 2020 Winner Lighting Design Awards
  • 2018 Winner Lighting Design Awards
  • Chrysalis Award
  • Association of Lighting Professionals 2018 Award of Merit
  • Home Advisor Top Rated

Illuminating What Matters to You

The greatest compliment we receive is when a homeowner or their neighbors tell us that the finished installation looks as if the outdoor lights have always been there. We aim to bring out the natural beauty of your property without drawing attention to the landscape lighting fixtures or the system itself. Come to us with your outdoor lighting ideas or let Enlightened suggest design elements based on years of landscape lighting experience around our Sterling offices and all over Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.

Remember, each design is customized according to your distinct tastes for your garden lights or exterior lighting needs. These are lasting, durable professional lighting systems using high-quality outdoor light fixtures created to enhance the architectural and landscape beauty of your property. We believe in our products, design, and landscape lighting systems.

We proudly provide customized landscape lighting to all of our neighbors in Sterling, Northern Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, and the surrounding areas. Request a Free Consultation or call our office at (757) 280-3428 to get started!

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Why Choose Enlightened Lighting? Quality & Precision That Will Enlighten Your Property
  • Award Winning Designs

    Nationally recognized, our trained designers have accrued awards and honors for their custom lighting designs.

  • Experienced Team

    We are Class A Contractors who specialize in landscape lighting. Our knowledgeable team of lighting professionals will help achieve the best results for your project.

  • An Artistic Design

    We know that first impressions matter. Our lighting artistry and strategic designs will enhance your space and increase curb appeal!

  • Top of the Line Product

    • We stand behind our premium products, which were designed & crafted by our founder to ensure peak performance, sleek design, and durability.

  • Full Service Company

    Our comprehensive services cover all your outdoor lighting needs, including top notch designs, expert installation, annual maintenance plans, and on-site service calls.

  • Unmatched Customer Satisfaction

    We're committed to making each and every project a success. We have thousands of satisfied customers to date, and our team will take care of you from start to finish!