Outdoor Lighting Benefits: Don't Be in the Dark
It's Time to See the Light
You’re probably no stranger to outdoor lighting. In fact, your property probably already has some. Chances are though, it’s just what’s needed to comply with building codes or local ordinances. That’s a missed opportunity.
Landscape lighting can enhance curb appeal and maintain an inviting appearance after hours. Even when the sun goes down, your landscape is still on-duty. If your outdoor lighting is limited or unattractive, your property may not have the same appeal that it does during the day. Worse, dark corners can lead to injuries or invite crime.
Allow us to (ahem) shed more light on the topic:
Landscape lighting is an important tool for mitigating risk after dark. It preserves safety and security by maintaining visibility and eliminates shadowy areas where someone with ill-intentions could hide. You can also deploy landscape lighting to illuminate dangers, such as tripping hazards, that may not be visible at night. These include curbs, stairs, drop-offs, pools and water features.
Landscape lighting also maintains your property’s curb appeal by making your best features visible even at night. Use landscape lighting to add drama or highlight signage, architectural features, large trees, or impressive plantings.
Light It Up
There’s a landscape lighting solution for every need. Here are some of the most popular options:
- Solar Lights: Solar lights collect and store solar energy during the day for power through the night. These are great for areas where wiring is not possible.
- Wall-Mounted Lights: Generally hardwired, these are best for illuminating the perimeter of buildings on your property.
- Lamp Posts and Path Lights: Use these for casting light over gardens and pathways.
- Spotlights: Spotlights can create show-stopping lighting effects that call attention to your landscape’s best features. Examples include:
- Up-lighting, such as casting light from a tree’s trunk upwards;
- Moonlighting, such as casting light through the branches of a tree, downward; and
- Shadowing, a soft effect which creates beautiful patterns on a flat surface using the shape of an interesting feature in your landscape.
- Floodlights: Install where you need added security or a wash of light over a broad area, like the side of a building or patio.
- Well Lights: Recessed in the ground for a seamless look, well lights are used in areas where mowers, vehicles, or feet need to pass over.
- Step Lights: Step lights are specially designed to illuminate stairs.
- Hardscape Lights: These are designed for installation into or on surfaces made from stone, brick, concrete or tile.
Now that you know the basics of landscape lighting, consider what you’d like to achieve for your property. Share your goals with your landscape partner, who can help you design an attractive solution.