Let Your Light Shine Across the Landscape
Posted in Outdoor Living on June 2, 2014
Don’t Let your Home of Office Go Dark
Landscape lighting is brightening homes all over the country. It offers several life-enhancing benefits beyond just making things easier to see! For a reasonable investment, you can increase your home’s safety & security, appearance, property value and expand your living space. Let’s take a closer look at the many benefits of landscape lighting.
Safety & Security
Landscape lighting near doorways, walkways and your driveway gives your family and guests safe access. If you have outdoor stairs, that’s an ideal place for lighting, too. Adding landscape lighting to potential danger areas such as pools, decks, patios, gazebos and the like will help reduce accidents after night fall. Overall home security increases when the exterior of your home is well-lit, too.
Landscape lighting adds to the appearance of your home. It’s an excellent way to highlight special areas of your landscaping: Plants, pools, ponds, fountains and statuary. Adding a landscape light highlights these areas and really makes your home look amazing. Why have these beautiful features visible only during the day when they can show around the clock?
Room to Grow
Landscape lighting isn’t limited to highlighting certain sections for artistic effect; you can also expand your living space with the right lighting design. As with appearance, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to use your yard or patio after sunset. Placing lights around your lawn, patio or deck brings enough light to those spaces for nighttime entertaining.
Think of it this way: With your landscape lit up, your home actually gets larger! It opens up more space for your use and the more areas you light, the more likely you are to use them. An additional bonus is the beautiful impact you get when you turn off all the interior lights, leaving only your landscape lit.
Boundary lighting is another way of expanding outdoor living space. Fences and shrubs are the norm for most property lines, but you can add a small output wall wash fixture in an overlapping manner. This creates a continuous wall of light to subtly illuminate the boundary of your property.
All of these benefits combine to increase your property values, if they’re done the right way; it just takes proper planning. One of the key things to remember is take into consideration what happens inside your home, particularly the main outward-facing areas. Planning landscape lighting that’s visible from high traffic rooms such as the dining room and living room allows you to enjoy it even while inside. On the other end of the spectrum, if your bedrooms have a lot of windows it may be wise to plan less lighting in that particular area.
The planning phase of you landscape lighting project is the perfect time to address issues such as traffic areas. Other good things to discuss with your planner are safety, utility and, of course, your favorite landscape items.
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