Benefits of Landscape Lighting

We have all driven through neighborhoods at night and seen homes with glowing, scenic walkways and illuminated landscape features. These homes stand out from the pack and have a more welcoming feel.

A little-known secret about landscape lighting is that it does not need to cost a fortune and it is a project that can be tackled by the average homeowner with little to no experience.

People embark on landscape lighting projects for many different reasons and understanding which of these reasons appeal to you can help you shape your landscape lighting plan. It could be that all of them will appeal to you. Make note of the concepts and categories which capture your attention as you read this book because it will help you address these goals when selecting fixtures and quantities later on.

Curb Appeal

“Curb appeal” is a phrase often used when buying or selling a home. How attractive is your home from the street? Homes with landscape lighting distinguish themselves from their darkened neighbors and feel more valuable, attractive and interesting. Improving your home’s appearance is not just for your neighbors; the finishing touch of landscape lighting is something you can enjoy each time you pull into your driveway or step out into your yard.

Outdoor Enjoyment

Landscape lighting extends the time when you can enjoy your outdoor spaces. Few people want to sit outside, even on a temperate evening, in total darkness. Porch or patio lights can provide illumination, but they are attached to your house and only light up a small area near your home. Choosing the right types of lights for your property and landscaping can create an outdoor space that is inviting and enjoyable at any time.

Safety

Any outdoor space without lighting is difficult—and sometimes dangerous—to walk through at night. Landscape lighting can illuminate the proper path and expose obstacles. It can also draw attention to steps or changes in surfaces which can be treacherous at night.

Security

Homes with adequate illumination are less tempting targets for would-be burglars. Proper lighting can reveal an intruder to a passerby by not letting them hide in dark areas next to your home. Lights can also make your security signage visible, causing thieves to move along and choose easier prey. From inside your home, landscape lighting makes it possible to see what is happening outside instead of looking into a dark void when you hear a noise.

Cost Savings

Homes with adequate illumination are less tempting targets for would-be burglars. Proper lighting can reveal an intruder to a passerby by not letting them hide in dark areas next to your home. Lights can also make your security signage visible, causing thieves to move along and choose easier prey. From inside your home, landscape lighting makes it possible to see what is happening outside instead of looking into a dark void when you hear a noise.

Home Value

A traditional rule of thumb is to invest ten percent of your home’s value in landscaping. For most of America, this equates to tens of thousands of dollars; an expenditure that you can only enjoy during the daylight hours without landscape lighting.

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