About a month ago, we talked about types of outdoor lighting techniques.
Today, we’re going to talk about why you should add outdoor lighting features to your landscaping. Like many of the things we talk about on this blog, adding outdoor lighting will not only add beauty to your yard, but functionality as well.
1. Extend the usability of your outdoor living space
Having drinks outside with friends on a summer’s day is great, but having drinks outside with friends on a summer’s night is even better. Adding outdoor lighting to your patio and backyard area means your outdoor activities aren’t dependent on daylight. With outdoor lighting, you can take a late-night swim or enjoy your friends’ company well after the sun sets.
2. Create a safer space
Front and back yards can be dangerous in the dark. From steps, changes in incline, water features, and pools, there are a lot of opportunities for missteps. Strategically placed lighting ensures that all potential dangers are lit up so accidents can be avoided.
3. Add ambiance
In our post about lighting techniques, many of the techniques were about highlighting the landscaping and architectural features in your yard. Good lighting can make your landscaping look just as—if not more—striking during the nighttime as it does during the day.
4. Add value to your home
Strategically placed lighting will add value to your home and increase curb appeal. While you might not be planning on selling your home, outdoor lighting will give your home a unique look that will make people wish you were.
5. Added home security
Outdoor lighting can make your home less of a target because it gives the impression that someone is home. Installing motion sensor lights are not only energy efficient, they can also scare off a potential intruder when activated.