Outdoor lighting can do a lot more than make it easier to see when you are walking from the driveway to the front of your home and unlocking the front door. It’s an often-overlooked and relatively affordable way to make your home and your property look great at night. It also helps to make your home safer and more secure.
Careful planning can make home outdoor lighting installation transform your outdoor spaces into more attractive and inviting areas at night. It even can help to reduce the bugs and heat your patio so that you can spend more quality time outside and less of it indoors looking at a TV or computer screen. Let’s illuminate a few of the many ways that outdoor lighting might improve your home and property.
Light Your Walkways
You can add low-lying lights that look attractive and make it easier and safer to walk on the sidewalks and other outdoor walkways that connect different outdoor areas of your home. The lights might be colored to add an especially colorful nuance that reflects attractively upon the walkways. The lights also might be solar-powered to make them more sustainable and environmentally friendly with virtually no impact on your property’s electrical usage. You get a better-looking property that costs virtually nothing to illuminate aside from the initial cost of the low-lying lights.
Security lights can make it harder for the wrong element to get close to your home and possibly burglarize your property. You can install floodlights that will illuminate the entrance to your garage and other entryways for your home. Motion sensors can keep them off and turn on suddenly when they detect someone’s movement. If that someone is you or a family member, the security lighting doubles as automatic lighting that makes it easier to carry in the groceries and come and go at night.
Light the Outdoor Walls
You can strategically place lighting that shines on the walls and add ambiance to your outdoor walls while adding a unique and decorative element to your home’s exterior. You also could add a bug zapper that gives off a colorful glow while zapping mosquitoes and other annoying flying pests that make it less comfortable to be outside. Fewer pests add up to greater comfort outdoors and inside when they have a harder time entering your home.
Add Warmth to a Patio or Deck
If you have a patio or deck, you can make it a more viable outdoor living space with string lighting and alternating lights that shine up from below and shine down from above. The lighting will add subtle accents to your outdoor living spaces while also making them more useful at night. You literally can add warmth to your deck with an outdoor heater that reflects heat downward while giving off a more subtle glow. The combination of accent lighting and an outdoor heater will give you a greater ability to enjoy the outdoors on a cool evening.
Show the Outdoor Garden and Features
If you have one or more outdoor gardens, there’s no need to leave them in the dark. You can add accent lighting that helps to draw attention to a flower garden or other plants that are just as attractive at night as they are during the daylight hours. The nighttime lighting can give you an entirely new perspective from which to enjoy your outdoor plants. You also could use outdoor lighting to illuminate outdoor features, like a fountain, statues, or Old Glory flying from a flagpole. You might even add colored lighting to a fountain or an outdoor pond to give it an entirely new and attractive look during the night.