Benefits of Landscape Lighting

Light defines, highlights, beautifies and protects.   Lights Over DMV Landscape Lighting will work with you to design an outdoor lighting plan that meets your practical needs as well as your personal tastes, desires and budget.  Regardless of if it’s creating a soft moonlit glow around your pool, spotlighting architecture or lighting a pathway for safety, we can design a plan to achieve the effect you have in mind. 

Your home is your pride and joy and likely one of your biggest investments.  Adding landscape lighting and garden lights is a great way to highlight your yard’s best features and make your home a safer place.  Check out these 5 reasons to consider adding outdoor lighting for your next landscaping project to make your yard warm, safe and beautiful.

Illuminate Your Outdoor Living Space
The living room does not have to be the only place in your home where you spend quality time with friends and family.  Extend your living space outside! Your patio and backyard are perfect places to entertain guests, have meals, and spend time with the kids. Outdoor lighting adds illumination and the right ambiance to your outdoor spaces making them usable at night.  Outdoor lights come in a variety of shapes and designs, making it easy to find lights that fit the other features of your home.  From decorative to functional, you can’t go wrong with outdoor lighting.

Highlight Your Landscaping Decor
By strategically placing outdoor lighting throughout your yard, you can highlight many of the features you already have.  Guide people to desired areas over paths and walkways with lighting posts.  You can also use outdoor lighting to mark property lines, and create barriers to areas of the yard where you don’t want people to walk over.  Outdoor lights are also an excellent way to show off special features in your yard.  Place lights next to water features like fountains or ponds, or to spotlight trees.

Using lights throughout your flower beds will also show off all the beautiful colors, so that you can even enjoy your garden at night.  Outdoor lights can be used overhead on porches, incorporated into railings or posts on staircases, or placed in the ground.

Keep Everyone Safe
Not only is outdoor lighting beautiful, it is also an excellent way to make your home a safer place for your family, friends, and any other guests that visit your property.  In addition to illuminating paths, walkways, and even your driveway, it is also important to put lights near any stairs, or uneven areas.  The lights will guide people at night which will help prevent injuries from falling or twisting an ankle. This will also reduce the risk of passerby slipping and falling near your property and leaving you vulnerable to litigation.  Consider installing outdoor lighting in high traffic areas like patios, decks, around the pool, and outdoor seating areas.

Enhance Property Value and Curb Appeal
The beauty of outdoor lighting gives an immediate return on your investment, while enjoying all the great benefits it will provide you and your family.  According to the National Association of Home Builders, 49% of potential buyers rate outdoor lighting as a desirable quality for their new home.  By strategically placing outdoor lighting throughout your yard you can showcase the great features, and increase your curb appeal.  Outdoor lights can also be used to highlight the special architectural features of your home.  One technique that many designers use is the moonlight effect.  With this design plan, light is soft and no brighter than that of a full moon, but still illuminates special outdoor spaces. You’ll make all your neighbors jealous with your unique and exquisite outdoor lighting!

Landscape Lighting Deters Crime
One of the most important features of outdoor lighting is adding security to your home and deterring crime.  According to most sources, burglary is the most common threat to your home, occurring every 13 seconds in the U.S.  Flood lights are a good way to brighten dark nooks and crannies created by the design of your home.  Guests will also feel more comfortable coming to your home at night if they can see a clear path to your front door and your porch is well-lit.  Well maintained landscape lighting shows people that your home is well cared for, which can deter trespassing and theft.  You can also set timers on your outdoor lights, so that they come on as soon as it gets dark outside or when you are away on vacation.