Choosing and Using Exterior Lighting

Doing some landscaping with your exterior lighting is a great and easy way to add instant curb appeal to your home, and these sorts of lights also double as safety features, too. For a lot of new houses, this type of lighting is common. But older homes don’t usually sport landscaping lighting since they weren’t an option when built.

Here are a few different options if you’re unsure where to begin. Hopefully, you’re able to choose what’s best for your home after reading along!

Motion-Sensitive Flood Lights

Anything that’s motion triggered is pretty much used for security reasons. While they’re something that can eat at your electric bill, they’re great for when you need to take the garbage out at night or let your dog out. There’s also sensitivity options so that the light isn’t on after every single little insect passes by.

Doorway Lights

This is the most basic lighting option. These lights can be mounted directly to the home or on the ceiling if the home has a porch. They’re wonderful for illuminating front steps and providing a welcoming environment for anyone visiting your house in the evening. These lights are often installed on either side of a garage door as well.

Doorway lights also serve as a deterrent for anyone who might be looking to break into a backdoor that might otherwise be dark. Because these lights require being wired into the home’s electrical system, they’re best installed by someone who’s certified, like an electrician.

Walkway Lights

Lights along walk paths are often seen as fancy, but they don’t need to be labeled as such since they’re not nearly as expensive as you may imagine. These are perfect for illuminating a footpath or walkway to the front door or even your driveway. While they don’t typically throw a lot of light on the house itself, they help homeowners and visitors know where to walk (or park) even on the darkest nights. Better yet, many walkway lights are available using solar power. This means there is no wiring work necessary and homeowners can simply stake the lights into the ground wherever they think is most appropriate.

Choosing lights for the outside of your home can be an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. Hopefully this guide was able to remove some of the mystery out of all the options available to you. We sure found it handy!

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