Don’t foget the landscape lighting when sculpting the look and feel of your property. Landscape lighting can increase curb appreal, show off the beauty your hard work on the lawn and create ambiance on the property. Some ideas include illuminating a garden wall to show texture and interest in the view from the curb. Highlight a feature that deserves attention, whether it’s a fountain, a waterfall, or garden bed. Crossing beams or having several lights can create a focal point for all to see.
In addition to curb appeal, landscape lighting can also help with safety around the home. It’s great to have a porch light, but in addtion, brightening up the walkways to your door can help keep your visitors and family members safe when walking to the door and allowing for quick entry. We recommend that this lighting is not too bright. You need to be able to see, but a strong light can interfere with security cameras, or create more night blindness making it harder to see beyond the circle of light. Lights that are too bright may also annoy your neighbors!
Landscape Lighting for Security
Don’t forget that your landscape lighting can work for you. Consumer Reports in 2014 recommended lighting up the outdoors to make your home more secure. The more a home is lit, the less likely a burglary will occur.
We recommend lighting your backyard. Most people know to light the house from the street, but buglars aren’t always interested in coming to your front door. A well light backyard can help deter them from being interested in your home. Especially be sure that any place a person could hide is well lit in both the front and back yard.
Other Landscaping Security Ideas
Use motion sensors for your lighting at the doors. In addition to energy saving features, it also won’t allow a criminal to scope out your house and know when you are home or away, by how and when you turn on a stationary light.
Plant thorny shrubs and bushes under your windows. A burglar is less likely to try entry through a window if it’s going to hurt to get near it.
Planning your landscaping on your property? Or looking to update? Contact us to for ideas, implementation and repair!
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