It’s true that outdoor lighting is a phenomenal security measure for home owners, but it’s also a great way to highlight aspects of your home after the sun sets! You may be looking around your property wondering – what exactly is worth highlighting here? You’d be surprised at how many options you have! Selecting specific landscape features or areas of your home and property can truly bring your already-gorgeous home to a new level. It can also increase your home’s overall value, and the enjoyment you’ll get out of your home as the days get continually shorter.
You may have worked tirelessly to create a garden that transitions from spring to summer to fall. Why not showcase it in the evenings as well as during the day? Subtle lighting that highlights specific plants or arrangements can place a positive emphasis on your hard work.
While some opt for motion-sensing floodlights around their garage area, you also have the option for a tasteful lighting system to keep this access-point bright and safe. Up-lighting placed near the garage can highlight the space. You can affix lighting fixtures to your home. You can also opt for pole-type lamps that keep areas well-lit.
Front Porch or Back Patio
At Dusk to Dawn Outdoor Lighting, we love a good sitting-area lighting project. Just because the days are getting shorter doesn’t mean you don’t want to enjoy your porch, deck, or patio! From stunning bistro-style lighting along your deck to softly-glowing, smaller lights affixed to the beams of your front porch – you have so many options available. The best part? You get to truly be creative with your outdoor lighting team to create a year-round space that you’ll love and enjoy.
If you have stunning trees all around your property, you can highlight them with beautiful up-lighting. This adds an extra layer of security to your home by lighting more of your property. It also creates a warm glow effect throughout the night. Of course, you also have the option to switch out for more festive lighting throughout the holiday season (or spooky lighting for Halloween!).
While this may be more practical than some of the more romantic forms of outdoor lighting, having a well-lit address can save you quite a bit of headache. Whether you’re hoping the pizza delivery will find your home quickly or you have friends and family visiting, having your house number clearly lit will help to guide them in and avoid any confusion.
We have discussed pathway lighting numerous times on our blog and that’s because it is critically important. Pathway lighting is a key safety precaution. Having well-lit paths and walkways can prevent you from injuring yourself, your family, and your guests, plus well-lit areas promote the security of your home. You can choose to have subtle lights embedded in your xeriscaping, in-ground lights along the edge of walkways, or simple and small lantern-like lights that stick into the ground near your paths. The latter is often the most popular, likely because you can choose lighting that exactly matches your personal taste and landscape style.
Pool or Spa
A pool or spa can take on another look entirely with appropriate lighting. Lighting around the edge of your pool or spa area is only the beginning of the creative lighting styles you can take advantage of. We’ve seen a lot of success with colorful lighting cast onto the water, it has a very beautiful effect!
Not a fan of obvious landscape lighting lanterns or fixtures? Installing small up-lighting systems at key points underneath shrubbery or bushes in your yard might be the solution you’re looking for! This provides subtle landscape lighting, keeps your property well-lit and secure, all without the stress of having to pick a more visible lighting fixture to match the rest of your outdoor décor.
What are you waiting for?
Creating an outdoor landscape lighting design is an exciting process. The design you and your landscape lighting design team put together can be as creative or simple as you want it to be. The fact that your outdoor lighting is so unique to you, your home, and your design tastes makes it more enjoyable (unlike so many painfully frustrating home improvement projects).
The areas we’ve listed here as examples of where to use outdoor lighting only scratch the surface! Your home’s features will provide infinitely more choices to pick from. So, what are you waiting for? Start the outdoor lighting process today by contacting Dusk to Dawn Outdoor Lighting for a complimentary consultation. We’re so excited that you found us, and that you’re ready to take this next step to improving your home’s security, value, and your own ability to enjoy it’s many beautiful landscape features!