Landscape improvement projects are at the top of many homeowners’ agendas. While landscaping is a great way to enhance the beauty of a home or business and add curb appeal, what really packs a punch for the exterior of a home or building is exterior lighting. Landscape lighting can be one of the most beneficial improvements, yet it is often overlooked and underappreciated. When we consider the positive impacts that landscape lighting can bring to outdoor spaces, the value of its benefits become evident:
Safety: Safety is always the first benefit to consider. This is achieved by illuminating surfaces and obstacles for the purpose of safely navigating walks, driveways, steps and entrances. Providing lighting at entry points and along walkways allows everyone to move around safely in the dark. Lighting is also used to highlight potential hazards such as pools, stairways, edges and other dangers.
Security: Security and landscape lighting is one of the most effective ways to deter criminal activity around a home, business or property. In order to be most effective, a lighting plan should include illuminating the most vulnerable parts of the home, business and property such as the entrances, garages and storage sheds. Although lighting for security is an important benefit, it needs to be carefully balanced within the home or business’ outdoor lighting scheme so as not to overwhelm or minimize the other benefits of outdoor lighting.
Aesthetics: A carefully considered and executed exterior lighting system will dramatically enhance the natural beauty of a property. Properly placed lights can be used to accentuate unique architectural features of a structure and highlight special landscape elements that add curb appeal after dark. Subtle lighting of outdoor spaces such as decks and pool areas creates a warm and inviting nighttime atmosphere.
Home Value: A well-designed outdoor lighting system can enhance a home or business’ physical appearance as well as it’s perceived value. A carefully designed lighting system will make the entire property appear larger, welcoming and well maintained creating much desired curb appeal. One of the most impactful benefits of outdoor lighting is its ability to increase the usability of outdoor living spaces after dark.
There are many considerations when planning an outdoor lighting system for a home or business. Lighting can be one of the most important aspects of the landscape and outdoor living spaces. A carefully designed lighting system can ensure that homeowners and business owners maximize the benefits, add value to their home, and enhance the quality of their lifestyle.
If you are ready to consider investing in a spectacular outdoor lighting system for your home and property, contact the Wright Outdoor Solutions design team for a free consultation and lighting demonstration.