Safety and Security for your home
Outdoor Lighting is often the last element included in landscape design and may be overlooked or postponed due to cost. It is an important element in the overall presentation of a home, with an attractive outdoor lighting plan adding value and satisfaction for the homeowner. The clearest justification for outdoor lighting is safety and security. It is certainly true that well-placed lights make it easier for people to move around outdoors after dark, limiting trip and fall accidents, as well as making it easier to use the driveway after dark. A well-lit exterior is a deterrent to crime as burglars prefer to creep through the shadows and will bypass homes with good lighting. Nocturnal pests such as raccoons and skunks also prefer to stay in the dark and will avoid well-lit homes.
Increase your Living Space
A professional outdoor lighting scheme can be used to highlight architectural features of a home, allowing special brickwork or materials to show at night or to illuminate the graceful silhouette of a particular window, balcony, or porch. Many plantings are selected for their shape as well as the color of their foliage. Nighttime lighting may draw attention to form, showcasing another aesthetic aspect of the landscape design. The addition of outdoor lighting can revitalize your yard because it focuses the eye on the best features of the property. An added bonus is that lighting can be installed quickly and easily, where many plants and beds will take years to reach their full potential.
A good outdoor lighting design will include two layers of lighting: one for when you are inside looking out and one for when you are outside. Being able to easily step outside into a well-lit patio or deck will increase the living space in your house. Outdoor areas that are not used after dark become useable square footage with the placement of outdoor lights. Planning ahead for placement of switches, motion sensors, timers, wattage, and holiday lighting needs are tasks included in the overall lighting plan that can be created by FLC Outdoor Lighting. Most importantly, outdoor lighting provides a welcoming approach for all who arrive after dark.