When you think about remodeling the exterior of your home there’s one area that is all too easy to overlook — your outdoor lighting. No matter how great you make your home look, if you don’t have adequate lighting you’re wasting your work for a significant portion of every day after the sun has gone down. Adding outdoor lighting to your yard is about more than just showing off your yard, however, there are many other benefits to consider as well.
Make Your Nights Safer
When it’s dark out even a simple task like walking from your car to your front door can be hazardous, particularly if you’ve got your hands full, such as after an evening grocery run. Adding outdoor lighting is an easy way to make your home safer by illuminating the paths and most-used areas. Whether you opt for always-on lights, switch-operated, or motion sensing, adding lighting to your exterior makes for safer nights.
Welcome Guests In
If you can feel unsafe coming home to a dark house, imagine how your guests feel when they pull up to an unfamiliar home in the dark. Adding outdoor lighting makes your home more welcoming to your guests. Whether it’s a lifelong friend who stops by weekly or a new friend coming over for the first time, they’ll appreciate the safety of coming to your house and discovering that it is well lit and inviting.
Stay Out Late
Nothing puts a damper on a party faster than the sun setting when you’ve got no way of keeping the lights on. Adding outdoor lighting to your patio or deck means you no longer have to worry about night falling and putting a premature end to you and your guests’ good times. When you add lights you ensure that the next gathering you host will end only when you and your friends decide it’s time to end, no matter how late that turns out to be.
Raise Your Curb Appeal
Everybody loves the feeling of leaving someone in awe, and one way to accomplish that with your home is through the use of outdoor lighting. When used properly your outdoor lighting can call attention to your home’s outdoor features in eye-catching ways. If you’ve had landscaping or stonework done on your home, using a spotlight or ground lighting draws people’s eyes to the work to let you show off your home’s best look to passersby and visitors alike.
Keep Robbers Away
Installing outdoor lighting on your home doesn’t just keep you safer by making it less likely that you will trip and fall, it can also help to keep unsavory characters from choosing your house and family as their next victims. When a robber is trying to find a location to break into, the cover of darkness is an extremely useful tool for staying out of the public eye. Trying to sneak in somewhere with outdoor lighting at night can be even more conspicuous than doing it in broad daylight, as the light on the robbers on a dark night serves as a spotlight on their illegal activity, meaning they’re more likely to determine your home is not worth the trouble and leave it be.