Your home will feel more secure with a well-lit exterior. In addition to illuminating any hazards that may lead to a nighttime fall, landscape lighting can also deter trespassers and would-be burglars in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Here are a few tips to help guide you in the right direction if you’re interested in installing outdoor lighting but a little intimidated by the planning process.

3 EFFECTIVE LANDSCAPE LIGHTING METHODS

Lighting Should be Positioned Correctly

You may want to check the area outside in the dark for any spots that could cause a fall hazard. A typical home’s features will include stairs/steps, pathways, pools, ponds, and entrances. If sidewalks buckle or if they have bumps, those could lead to falls. You will also lessen the opportunity for trespassers to hide in your house by being proactive about injuries.

A flashlight can always be used to test if a lighting fixture might not cover a certain area if you are unsure. Although it will not replicate the entire effect, it will provide a glimpse into the finished product. 

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING METHODS

Make Use of Indirect Light

Brightest doesn’t always mean best in outdoor lighting. To avoid glare or harsh lighting, choose fixtures with the right amount of light. Reduce your electricity bill by choosing lower-wattage bulbs, which are also more efficient.

LIGHTING CONTROL

Lighting Control

Long periods of time spent using the lights can shorten their lives and increase the cost of your electric bill even if you use low-wattage bulbs. Landscape lighting can be conserved by using dimmers, timers, and motion sensors. This will allow you to enjoy your lighting for longer without having to replace bulbs more frequently.