The Importance of Landscape Lighting
From the plants to the hardscape features, landscaping is an important feature of the exterior of your home, but there is one thing many homeowners overlook-landscape lighting, which is a crucial aspect of a landscape. If you are looking for ways to improve the beauty of your home, landscape lighting is a cost-efficient way of doing so. Not only can the addition of lighting give your home a dramatic look, but it can provide a wide range of other benefits as well. Here are just a few of the ways landscaping lighting is important for gardens and yards.
According to FBI crime reports, the chances of a home being burglarized are about one in five. Not only can a home intrusion result in the loss of your possessions, but it may also put your family in danger. Home burglaries typically occur when the home looks like it will be easy to break into. Landscape lighting will help to light up your home, which will make burglars exposed and vulnerable. Outdoor lighting also improves your ability to identify strangers outside of your home. There is a wide variety of landscape lighting, such as lamp posts in the garden or pathway lighting that can be used to increase the security of your home, while at the same time adding decorative appeal.
Great Curb Appeal
One of the best things about the installation of landscape lighting is how much it improves the curb appeal of your home. Landscape lighting can be used to highlight the architectural features of your home by simply positioning light fixtures in the garden or yard and aiming the light source at elements you want to highlight. A good example is wall washers, which are designed to graze the surface of exterior walls in order to bring out the texture by creating various shadows and highlights. Lighting can also be used to highlight garden features, such as a trellis or gazebo.
Reduce the Risk of Trips and Falls
Not only will an illuminated landscape help to ward off burglars, but it will also help to prevent injuries. Installing landscape lighting around walkways and driveways can help to safely guide you and your guests into your home, which will significantly help to reduce the risk of trips and falls, especially at night. There is nothing worse than coming home from work after dark only to realize you have locked yourself out of the front door and must go through the backyard to get inside of your house. Without a flashlight, it can be difficult to navigate through the yard in the dark without stepping on the plants and flowers-landscape lighting, especially when you have installed solar lights along pathways, can help you navigate through the yard without hurting yourself or damaging your landscaping.
Enjoy the Outdoors More
If you have a swimming pool, a fire pit or a great outdoor dining area, landscape lighting allows you to enjoy these great additions during the night as well as during the day. The installation of landscape lighting means you can go for a dip in your pool after dark, without the risk of injury and you can maximize the amount of time you use your backyard living space, which means more time for fun with family and friends.
Landscape lighting can affect the mood of your guests, improve the safety of your home and improve your homes curb appeal, but it can also help to increase the resale value of your home. A well-maintained landscape is a significant selling point and including landscape lighting will only help to add to the value. There are a vast array of landscape lighting options to choose from, including the creation of lighting zones that include timers, dimmers and motion sensors. Whether you prefer the look of warm pathway lights, replicas of antique gas lamps or spotlights that are used to highlight your home’s architecture, if you are thinking about how to improve the appeal of your home, landscape lighting is a perfect choice.
Contact Viera Builders for more ideas on how landscape lighting can be an important feature of your home in our master-planned community.