Use Landscape Lighting to Increase the Value of Your Home
|October 11, 2012||Posted by Rachael under Pro Tips, Trend Watch|
Add instant value to your home with landscape lighting. Brightening your home’s outdoor space not only adds curb appeal; it increases the safety of your home. Illuminating dark corners and lighting a pathway are just some of the ways to improve the safety and look of your home. Landscape lighting is especially made to be outside and resist the elements, without shorting out in the rain or snow. Below we’ve broken down six different ways to light your home’s exterior.
1. Path Lights
Path lights illuminate sidewalks, backyards, and pathways to your front door. Lighting pathways helps prevent stubbed barefoot toes in the summer and creates a welcoming atmosphere. Path lights are popular with those who would like to add some light at night without flooding their yard (or neighbor’s home) with light.
Path lights, like the Kichler Cotswold Outdoor Path Lights, can easily be stuck into the ground on either side of a path. They come in a variety of styles making it easy to find lights to match the décor of your home.
2. Spot Lights (Uplighting)
Spot lights create a focused beam of light on an object of the homeowner’s choosing. Typically trees, bushes, and even homes themselves are lit with spot lights. Uplighting a home showcases the façade of the home during the evening and creates a stately effect, while spotlights on trees and shrubbery usually give off a warm glow.
Those who display the flag of the United States should consider adding spotlights, as the Flag Code requires US flags be illuminated at night.
Spotlights like the Progress Lighting Verde can be hidden behind pavers or bushes, ensuring the lit object is the center of attention.
3. Spotlights (Downlighting)
Spotlights hung on walls, roofs, and from the tops of trees create a different, but no less striking, effect than uplighting. Spotlights hung from high places improve safety and appearance. A spotlight hung from a wall can light the path directly below, while a spotlight on the eve of a roof can eliminate dark and scary corners.
Kichler’s High Intensity Discharge Spot Lights are meant to blend into the siding of a home or the bark of a tree, ensuring the illuminated object or area is the center of attention.
4. Deck Lights
Nothing kills a party like a guest falling down the stair of your deck! Deck lighting prevents accidents like this from occurring while you are hosting a pool party or backyard barbeque. Deck lights are either attached or embedded to the posts of your deck and light footpaths and steps. These small lights give off a warm glow that isn’t blinding, perfect for creating a romantic atmosphere for a dinner party.
The Kichler Zen Garden Deck Light can transform your backyard into an Asian inspired garden oasis, similar to those found in China.
5. Post Lighting
Reminiscent of gas post lights of yore, today’s post lighting is meant to provide visual interest to your front or backyard. Post lighting can usually be found near a gate or pathway leading to the front door of a home.
Maxim’s North Church Post Light is styled after those found in Boston during the Revolutionary War and perfectly compliments colonial homes. Transglobe’s 4 Light Large Beveled Post Mount Light is a replica of gas lamps found in London during the late 1800s, great for townhomes and row houses.
6. Security Lighting
A well-lit yard is one of the largest deterrents of intruders and thieves. Lighting dark corners, gates, and doorways increase the safety and security of your home.
Well lights are buried in the ground and send beams of light upwards. Lighting on either side of a front door or gate look great while improving your security.
Is your yard well-lit? Do you light your yard for security or looks?