Benefits of Exterior Lighting
Outdoor or exterior lighting does more than simply transform the look of a property. Modern exterior lighting serves several purposes in the workplace and at home. Outdoor lights used on your property can not only boost your curb appeal and enhance the aesthetic value of your home, but they can also serve practical functions, keeping your family safe at night.
If you are considering installing new lighting on your property, read on as we look at some benefits of exterior lighting.
Exterior lighting helps you make the most of your garden
From entertaining family and friends on the patio after a delicious BBQ or a night-time cricket game in the backyard, exterior lights allow you to use your outdoor space long after the sun goes down. Floodlights are perfect for illuminating your driveway, and post lights set the scene for a relaxing evening. Festoon lighting adds a little magic to the garden, and in-ground directional lighting can showcase a pool, interesting plantings, or outdoor artwork.
Exterior lighting increases home security
Adding motion sensor lights to your home exterior can stop thieves from attempting to rob your property. Well-lit doors and windows make it difficult for intruders to break in unnoticed, and some insurance companies offer insurance credits and policy discounts for homes with increased exterior lighting. You can even program your exterior lighting to turn on over holidays or periods when you will be away from home to fool would-be burglars into thinking someone is home.
Exterior lighting can ensure physical safety
No one wants to trip over a rock or hump of grass at night. Exterior lighting increases visibility and decreases the chances of family and friends having an accident. Stairs, decking, paving, and pools all have the potential to be tripping hazards. Lighting these areas can help prevent falls, and lighting up your driveway, path, and house number can help guests find your home easily.
Exterior lighting can boost curb appeal
We’ve all driven passed houses and been impressed by stunning exterior lighting that highlights the home’s architectural focal points. Outdoor lighting can showcase your home’s best elements. Illuminate focal points while leaving others (like the garden shed) in the shadows. Thoughtfully installed up and down lights can accentuate the best features of your home’s exterior and landscape, and directional lighting can highlight plants and shrubbery.
Types of exterior lighting
Exterior lighting options include:
- Deck Lights
- Festoon & Fairy
- Flood & Spot
- Flush & Semi-Flush
- Pillar Mount
- Post Lights
- Sensor Lights
- Spike Lights
- Step Lights
- Wall Lights
For your exterior, try to choose energy-efficient options, like solar and LED lighting. Motion-sensing lights only come on when the sensors detect movement, saving even more money and energy.