Just as you use interior lighting to show off areas of the interior of a house, and in some cases camouflage imperfections, you can do the same for the exterior. Good exterior lighting is an art as much as it is a science. When done right you can show off the best features of your exterior in a way that can improve the look of your house. In this article, we’ll look at the benefits of exterior lighting and how to get the most use out of it.
Aesthetics are important, but lights are also there for their main purpose of improving your home and family’s security. This doesn’t mean you need floodlights lighting up the entire area, but you do need to highlight certain areas that are prone to accidents. These include sidewalks, driveways, and footpaths. These areas should be illuminated enough that family and guests can walk easily without fear of tripping over something. If a path is uneven lighting should be placed at 3 feet intervals for best results.
Entrance way such as driveways and front doors should be illuminated with motion sensors. This makes them practical and saves you on energy bills. Nowadays, you can even get solar-powered sensors. The only downside is that on cloudy or rainy days they won’t receive a full charge which makes them a security concern. Each homeowner will have to compromise on this by deciding what is more important, security and safety or energy bills
Good exterior lighting also makes a statement that this home is protected and being watched. Trespassers will be discouraged about intruding of the area is well lit. Good lighting also keeps wildlife from prowling around your vegetable garden and flower patches at night.
Another benefit of good lighting is that you can use it to show off certain features. If you work hard on your front lawn, you should install lighting in key points to emphasize it. Strategically places lighting around a patio, pool area or other entertainment areas can make a big difference in how a home looks. Those who are in the housing market can benefit greatly from this as better curb appeal makes for an easier sell. As for the homeowners, good exterior lighting allows you to enjoy every part of your landscape even at night time. There’s nothing more welcoming than a well-lit front yard.
The aesthetic and security benefits of exterior lighting are plane to see, the only thing that stops most people is the cost involved. That needn’t be so bad though. Today many exterior lights can be powered by solar or wind power. A certified electrical company can help you make all the right decisions to ensure you get the most out of your lighting. Considering what you get, it’s well worth having your exterior lighting done by professional contractors. The results will show.