Light Up Your Life... and your Property
Updated: Dec 6, 2019
Proper lighting in and around your home and yard performs two basic functions first and foremost. It keeps you safe at night, and it can assist in showing off the beauty of your surroundings in the evening. Lighting projects are best left to the professionals, so the next time you have an electrician working on a project inside your home, why not include some outdoor lighting work as well? Here are some tips on spots to consider installing additional lighting.
1 – The Front Door
It may sound obvious to have a light shining at the main entrance of your home, but it also serves another purpose. In addition to providing you and your family safe entry, it gives you an extra bit of security. With proper lighting at your front door you will be able to identify anyone who happens to be knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell.
2 – Light Your Walkway
Extra lighting along the pathway to your front or back door helps ensure safety for all who use it. When the days are shorter, a lit walkway removes tripping hazards and makes transporting items from a vehicle to the door much easier.
3 – Give Your Pool Some Lights
Assuming you have an outdoor swimming pool, having lights installed in and around it not only illuminates the area for safety, it does something more. If you or your family enjoy late night swims, lighting in the pool will make those times much more pleasurable and provides extended use of your pool.
4 – Deck Out Your Deck
If you’ve got a deck or patio be sure to light it up, and by that I don’t mean a cigarette. Porch lighting allows for nighttime use and can add ambiance. A few bug zapping lights wouldn’t hurt too.
5 – Light Up the Yard
If you happen to have a large yard, it is never a bad idea to provide some kind of lighting; Afterall, can you imagine getting lost in our own backyard? Again, this type of lighting is mostly for safety but when you illuminate your property, it eliminates dark corners where thieves can hide and attempt to steal some of your belongings. Also, yard lights are most effective when set to go on with a motion detector. This will reduce the number of unwanted guests.
6 – Use A Timer
Outdoor lights are much more efficient when set to a timer. With the ability to control when they go on and when they go off you save a little on your utilities and you don’t end up with your lights on all day. A timer also helps create the illusion that someone is home even if you are on vacation. This can also prove useful for indoor lighting.
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