The Valuable Benefits Of Outdoor Lighting

All too often people forget to consider outdoor lighting in their home upgrades or home beautification plans, but don’t underestimate this valuable element when you are considering an upgrade to your home.

Why Use Outdoor Lighting?

Adding the right type of lighting can give provide a cozy feel but it can also make your home feel complete and well maintained.  It can enhance the look of your landscaping at night and it can also add a great deal of functionality to areas like the patio, deck or walkways. 

Exterior lighting in the front of your home can make your place look welcoming whether you are coming home or guests are coming for a visit.  When done well it can also help add a level of safety and security.  It provides safety by illuminating paths and stairs so you can see where you are walking.  It can provide security by making it difficult for potential thieves to get into your home without being seen.

Types Of Outdoor Lights

There are a few types of outdoor lights available so it is important to consider what you want to achieve with your design before you start purchasing them.  You may want some lights for functionality and some for looks, some may even provide both.  Consider using specific lights for specific areas of your home and yard like the entryway, pathways, driveway and for any distinctive features in your yard.  You may also want to illuminate areas like the patio, deck or garden to provide a nice look but also to make these areas more easily usable at night.

Outdoor Lighting Designs

Your design may vary a bit depending on the time of year.  Some lights, like those by the entryway or garage, may stay the same all year long, but some, like holiday or string lights, may be seasonal.

What you choose will also vary based in your climate.  If you get a good amount of sunlight on most days you may want to consider solar lighting in certain areas.  They can save money and they still work during power outages.  If you get a lot of snow during the winter season you may not want short pathway lights, instead you may want post lights to illuminate the driveway or walkways.

Remember your backyard too.  Illuminating your patio, deck and any distinct landscaping can create a great setting for either a relaxing evening or to entertain guests on a temperate evening.  To help with energy-efficiency choose solar or LED lights whenever possible.

Good use of outdoor lighting can create a beautiful and safe yard.  It can also help improve the value of your home.

Find specific backyard lighting tips and ideas as well as ideas on a variety of other types of outdoor lighting in this comprehensive guide:  Backyard Lighting Design
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