GardeningThe Benefits of Landscape Lighting

The Benefits of Landscape Lighting

Maybe you’ve spent a significant amount of time, money, or perhaps both making the exterior of your home beautiful, and especially your landscaping. If so, you of course want to highlight what you’ve done, so why not add lighting to your landscaping?

Professional landscaping lighting is the best way to warm up the beauty of your home’s exterior and highlight its best features, plus there are plenty of other benefits as well. 

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal and Beauty

Adding professional landscape lighting can make a very noticeable difference in your home’s curb and aesthetic appeal. In the evening, landscape lighting creates a warm, inviting and oasis-like property. Your home will stand out, and you’re going to enhance not just your landscaping features but also your architectural features. 

Without landscape lighting, your home becomes lost in the dark. 

When a professional positions your lighting correctly, it can make all of the best features of your home and lawn pop, but you can also subtly take some of the focus off the less desirable features. 

A tree might have downlights to show its shape, while even the small but impactful details of your home can be highlighted with wash lights. Your focal points can be surrounded with bullet and floodlights to showcase texture and color.

If you have décor outside, you can highlight this with well-placed lighting. 

For example, if you have an outdoor living area where you like to entertain, your landscape lighting can initially guide people to your backyard through your pathways. You can then use lighting around your seating areas or your outdoor kitchen. You can create mood lighting, and you can even opt for different colored lights depending on what ambiance you’re trying to create. 

With outdoor lighting, you can visually expand the boundaries of your home and property. The more you light certain areas, the further it can push the edges. If you’re a frequent entertainer or just love the idea of a palatial home, you might consider investing in landscape lighting. 

Increase Your Property’ Value

Outdoor lighting is a relatively low-cost project that can give you an increase in your home value. For example, according to the National Association of Home Builders, 41% of surveyed buyers said outdoor lighting was an essential feature they were looking for in a home.  

Forty-nine percent said it was a desirable feature. 

Security

The more well-lit your home is in all ways, the less appealing it is for criminals. Burglars almost always want to target dark homes because it gives them a way to hide. If you have landscape lighting, it’s an excellent theft deterrent. 

In addition to illuminating possible hiding spots, landscape lighting also draws attention to your home in general, upping the chances a neighbor or someone else would see if someone were trying to break in. 

When you get home at night, you’ll have a better view of your property to ensure no one is lurking around. 

You may even get a discount from your insurance company on your home insurance premiums if your property is well-lit. 

Safety

When we’re talking about security that can come from keeping your property well-lit, that’s mostly about preventing intruders from entering your property. 

Safety is about the people who live at your home and visit you. 

You can lightup paths, walkways, and your driveway. Make sure you put lights near stairs or other potentially hazardous areas. You can guide people around your property and reduce the risks of trips or falls.

Hiring a Professional

A lot of strategic planning goes into well-placed landscape lighting. You should hire someone with experience in this particular area, and doing so will create value. A professional will know exactly where to place lights to maximize their benefits and effects. 

Professionals also have access to the best quality fixtures and materials, and they can help you with any repairs or maintenance that could be needed. 

The cost of installing landscape lighting varies quite a bit depending on how large your space is, the kind of lighting you’re going to use and how long the actual installation will take. 

Some people try to do it on their own, and while that might be fine for a few lights, if you want something larger-scale and more cohesive, it’s better to find a professional. 

Overall, landscaping lighting is a fantastic investment for your home’s value, curb appeal and security and safety. It can also be a must-have if you’re an entertainer and you want to make your outdoor space more inviting and livable for yourself and your guests. 

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