Showcase Your Home With A Proper Landscape Lighting SetupPosted on May 24, 2018
Homeowners often pride themselves on the curb appeal of their house. Whether it’s the garden they just planted, the perfection of their lawn, or the beautiful pond they just built, there are few things that are more satisfying to a homeowner than the ability to say that the exterior of their house is just as beautiful as the interior.
Despite being engrossed by the appearance of their home, homeowners often overlook one thing: their home is hardly visible once the sun sets. If you’re spending a few hours every day maintaining the aesthetics of your home, that effort should be on display during the night time too.
What Are Some Common Types Of Outdoor Lighting Systems?
There are currently two major types of lighting systems: solar lighting and low-voltage lighting.
Solar lighting does not require electricity. Instead, the batteries are charged through the absorption of the sun’s rays. Because of this, the impact on your electricity bill is minimal which makes this the least expensive option. That isn’t without its drawbacks though. Since solar lighting is reliant on sunlight, it cannot be installed in shaded areas and will not be able to fully charge on cloudy days. Solar lights also tend to dim as their energy is depleted, which means your house may not stay lit throughout the night.
Low-voltage lighting requires a connection to your home’s energy source. Because of this, it will increase your home’s energy consumption. How drastically your energy bill will be affected depends on the types of bulbs chosen and the number of fixtures you install. Low-voltage lighting gives the homeowner more control over their display as they can set them on a timer and opt for bulbs with varying brightness intensities and colors.
What Are Some Popular Styles Of Outdoor Lighting?
Numerous outdoor lighting styles exist, but the most popular choices are:
Uplights – aimed upwards toward the object that you want to brighten up. These are most commonly used for signs.
Downlights – aimed downwards at the object that you want to light up, often mimicking sunlight and moonlight. These are typically used to give off a “spotlighting” effect.
Path lights – used to illuminate walkways near your home.
And backlights – used to create silhouettes on objects surrounding your home. These are most often used on unique plants and statues. Backlights tend to be set up behind the object that you want to light up, which causes a shadow to appear on the front of the object.
What Are The Benefits Of Having Outdoor Lighting?
Outdoor lighting offers a wide-range of benefits, including:
Safety – At nighttime, paths can be harder to see. By illuminating the pathways and “danger” areas of your landscape, you can prevent injuries from occurring.
Decor – Not only does outdoor brighten up your property, it can also act as its own form of decoration. Through outdoor lighting, you can highlight water features and distinctive plants, attracting attention to the areas that you think look best.
Property Value – Outdoor lighting increases the curb appeal of your home.
By installing outdoor lighting, the value of your home can increase by as much as 20%! In 2016, the National Association of Home Builders found that over 90% of home buyers listed exterior lighting as essential/desirable.
Pearson Sprinkler specializes in landscape and outdoor lighting design and installation. No matter what array of scenery you may have around your home, we are here to help you make your house and garden to look majestic. Contact us today!
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