Exterior Lighting Adds Home Safety and Curb Appeal

February 26, 2019 12:00 am

Exterior lights in the backyardExterior lighting is a simple and inexpensive way to add gorgeous curb appeal as well as security to your home. When it comes to creating a dynamic impact, few options are more cost-effective than lighting. A simple spotlight can accent your landscaping and showcase your home’s façade, while flood lighting provides additional safety. Many lights even include motion sensors that will trigger the lights to turn on if motion is detected outside your home.

Here are some of the different styles and options available to complement your house’s style and your needs:

Path Lights – Lights along the walkway to your home help ensure a safe walk for you and your guests. Consider a solar path that will turn on as the sun goes down. This will prevent you from having to remember to turn lights on when you leave your home. It will also conserve energy. 

Well Lights & Spotlights – Well lights and spotlights can be installed around homes and in yards to light flowers, shrubs, trees and décor. Consider weather-sealed lights for long-lasting beauty. 

Post Lights – Post lighting is great for creating ambiance or atmosphere for outdoor parties. Excellent around patios or pools, post lighting can add flare to your home and also welcome visitors. 

Deck Lighting – Installing lights to your deck can light stairs and railings for safety. These lights are flush mounted and able to be walked on without incurring damage.

Floodlights – Floodlights allow you to light a stairway, garage or entry for security. Most have motion sensors, which could help deter intruders. Position LED floodlights nine feet from the ground or higher so they cast a wide light and aren’t accessible without a ladder.

Home improvement stores are full of excellent options for creating great nighttime ambiance for your home, and many stores offer classes or videos to help you install these lights. Alternatively, a landscape architect can provide excellent insight into light placement. Call me if you need a good recommendation; I work with some terrific people who would be happy to help.