I have been getting plenty of questions about fixtures, but no one has asked anything about design. You can install the best fixtures in the world but if your design is bad, you still don't have a quality landscape lighting system. The first thing I look at is safety. I want to make sure that I cast some light on any drop-offs, like steps. Any grade changes should be illuminated so the client can move about safely at night. I also like to make sure that I light the walkways. I do this in many ways. Usually I will place fixtures high in tall trees and let that light filter through the limbs and branches. This is a great effect. Moonlighting, as it is called, will bathe a pathway and surrounding area with a very soft light. With this design eliment, we are trying to mimick a full moon. The one thing that must be avoided is the runway look. This is when people line the fixtures along a walkway. This is just ugly!!! OK, got to go to the dinner table now, I'll get back to this later.