While a well-designed lighting plan is essential for inside the home, the same is often overlooked for the exterior. Outside the home, lighting improves safety and security, while enhancing outdoor living areas. Read on to learn how outdoor lighting can be an asset to your family.
Outdoor lighting for safety
A dark property poses a number of safety risks for you, your family, and your visitors. When walkways and stairs are not lit properly, it’s hard to see where you’re going and spot any obstacles in your path. Falls can occur, which can be severe. Installing walkway and stair lights to the exterior of your home can improve visibility after dark.
There are many options available for lighting the walkways of your home, ranging from decorative fixtures to lights that blend in with your landscape. Path lights can be installed along your walkways and come in a variety of styles and finishes to suit your tastes. Post lights are another option that will provide adequate lighting when installed around your walkways, while coordinating with the décor of your home. Driveway lights can also be added not only to keep your family and visitors safe, but to help them better see the boundaries.
Outdoor lighting for security
Outdoor lighting has been shown to deter crime after dark. A number of products are available to improve the security of your home using outdoor lighting. As their name suggests, flood lights will flood targeted areas of your property with lighting, illuminating the nooks and crannies created by the architecture of your home or landscaping installments.
While outdoor lighting is an excellent crime deterrent, you don’t want to constantly flood your neighborhood with light because it’s wasteful. Outdoor lights can be utilized with a motion sensor; if motion is detected, whether it’s from you stepping outdoors or an unwanted intruder, the flood light will turn on. Also, setting your security lighting, as well as other exterior lights, will help you effectively manage your energy use while keeping your property properly lit.
Outdoor lighting for functionality
Without proper lighting, areas of the home just aren’t functional; the same is true regarding exterior living areas. Without exterior lighting, these areas become unusable after dark, limiting your enjoyment. By installing outdoor lights, you can extend your use of exterior areas well after the sun sets.
Light decks by integrating lighting into railings and posts. Fixtures are available in a number of styles and finishes to enhance the look and feel of your outdoor living areas. On covered porches, recessed lighting can be installed to provide direct overhead lighting, illuminating seating areas and outdoor tables. Exterior sconce lighting is a popular addition, adding visibility around exterior doorways; these fixtures are also available in many styles and finishes to match your home.
If your home’s outdoor lighting is lacking, call Super Electric today. Our team can assist you in developing an effective outdoor lighting plan while providing expert installation.