"It's generally one of the last items installed in our construction schedule, along with landscaping," says Barbara Szem, spokeswoman for Johns Island-based architecture and construction firm Seamar Fullerton, which designs and builds homes on Kiawah and Seabrook islands.
While the architectural review boards of those resort islands prohibit "wall-washing" homes with exterior light, "we do use low-voltage lighting in and around the landscape to softly frame various distinctive architectural features of a home," Szem
explains. Seamar Fullerton
also uses low-voltage lighting to up-light various grand specimens of trees, such as live oaks."Many homeowners prefer to use the low-voltage lighting in the shrubs around the pool area to create an intimate mood as well as for safety reasons," Szem