Many people are hesitant about adding landscape lighting to their homes. Some do not want to pay the extra expense and others are concerned about the installation or design aspect. Regardless of the reason, homeowners want to understand a little more about landscape lighting before taking the plunge.
A landscape design without lighting is similar to a TV stand without a television. One does not serve its function without the other. The two work together in harmony to create a beautiful backdrop for your home. Lighting not only enhances a landscape but also illuminates it in the darkness so the design can be appreciated for longer than just the daytime hours.
Benefits to landscape lighting:
Safety outlines one of the top reasons for installing adequate landscape lighting. Pathways, steps, walkways, driveways, and porches should be lit enough so people can see where they are walking. Your lighting should illuminate the area so visitors can feel safe navigating through your landscape. Walk around your landscape and notice where people will walk during the night hours. These are the areas that should be adequately illuminated.
Dark homes are an easy target for burglars who can enter a home without being noticed. Proper landscape lighting or even security lighting can deter burglars from entering your property while urging people in your neighborhood to follow suit and encourage a safe environment for all.
One of the reasons people decline landscape lighting is because they think the installation is too difficult or time-consuming. If you have the money and you want to hire a professional, then by all means do that. But if you are short on cash and you want to install some lights, the job is not as hard as it may seem.
Plan your lighting design before you start. If you want some professional assistance, consult with a professional just for the beginning stages and cut your costs. If installing on your own, take some time to go over the landscape in detail and bring your lighting design plan to your local home improvement store for review.
Solar lights are the easiest to install so if you are worrisome, stick with solar. If you want to tackle another lighting, all you will need is a shovel to dig and lay wire while installing the lights. The next steps involve filling in the holes while plugging in the lights to see the results of your hard work.
As stated before, the cost is somewhat of an issue when you hire a professional, but if you “DIY” you can save a bundle.
It is also not expensive to run the lights if you use either solar or low-voltage lighting. Low voltage lights use up less electricity than traditional fixtures and many come with eco-friendly bulb capability which can further cut down your energy costs.
Any time you improve your home, you are increasing its value. If you plan on selling your home, these extra enhancements can create a winning curb appeal and entice buyers before they even enter your home.