Exterior lighting can be an important addition to your overall home plan. Security lighting around the perimeter of your home can deter burglars who prefer to operate undetected in the darkness. In addition, security lighting has a safety component as the more your property is illuminated at nighttime, the less chances someone can trip and fall on your property. A well-thought out landscape lighting plan can add to the curb appeal of your home and add to your outdoor entertainment in the evening. Whether your goals are safety or aesthetics, most experts believe exterior lighting can add value to your home.
As with most home improvement projects, it is a good idea to consult with a professional as you decide on your exterior lighting plan. Like many trades, electrical contractors tend to specialize.
When it comes to your safety-related security lighting (flood lights, exterior garage parking lights, driveway lights, bollard lights, exterior sconces), your home electrician will be a good resource. He will be able to help you determine the proper amount of safety lighting needed, where it should be located and what kind of fixture is appropriate for each area. Often times, your solution can make good use of LED lighting for maximum energy efficiency.
For your landscape lighting, you can find electricians who have become specialists in that line of work, which often requires a heavy “artistic” component. A landscape lighting plan can include many features. Examples include providing illumination for walkways, steps, patios, pools, trees and even the home itself. You will find that there are a wide variety of fixtures to choose from, including: above ground fixtures, in-ground fixtures and tree mounted fixtures . There are many different styles to suit all tastes such as modern, traditional, “mushroom”-shaped canopies, “pagoda”-shaped canopies, etc. Most landscape lighting is available in energy-saving models that feature LED bulbs. A well-thought out landscape lighting plan will not only add to the enjoyment and curb appeal of your home but will also provide the benefits of safety and security.