Keep Your Home Safe with Outdoor Lighting

Dark pathways, porches and patios can all be a hazard at your home. Whether you are taking out the garbage and trip over an errant toy or an intruder is hiding in the shadows, a dark outdoor area can be dangerous. Outdoor lighting can help keep your home safe and secure, especially when the days become shorter and the nights become longer during the winter.

Five Places to Add Outdoor Lighting

When adding outdoor lights to your home, you need to consider several different areas. Having one light near the front door is not enough. Consider adding outdoor lights to these five places:

  1. Walkways. Add ground lighting on both sides of your sidewalks or walkways to illuminate the path to your home for family, friends and guests.
  2. Driveway. Make sure your driveway has a light – a motion detection light is perfect for your driveway, coming on whenever anyone drives up to your home.
  3. Backyard. Another place for a motion detection light is in the backyard. This can alert you if anyone tries to enter your property from the back and help scare away any potential intruders.
  4. Patio and pool. Patios and pools are not just for the daytime. Keep your outdoor area open after the sun goes down with patio and pool lights.
  5. Porch or front entrance. Of course, the front porch or entrance should have proper lighting to invite your guests into your home.

Before the days start getting shorter, contact your local landscaper to discuss adding some new lights to your outdoor area for safety and security. If is a wise investment to keep your home and family safe.

Posted on behalf of:
Cunningham Landscape Group
Duluth, GA
(678) 942-6818

Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Outdoor lighting is necessary for safety and security around your home, but it does not need to be boring. There are so many options for lighting up your outdoor living space. From colored lights around your pool to spot lights to enhance landscaping features, you can brighten your yard while adding to the beauty of your home. Here are some lighting ideas to make the most of all your property, even in the dark of night.

  • Create a dramatic effect with multiple light levels. There are so many options when it comes to lighting your yard. Combine ground lights with down-lighting and everything in between to illuminate with flare.
  • Highlight your focal points. Lights directed up the trunk of a tree or spot lights on your water feature can make the most of your landscape design. Light up your focal features in your outdoor area so they can be enjoyed at night as well as during the day.
  • Safety and beauty combined. Your walkways need to be illuminated for safety, but this is also an aesthetic opportunity. Classic light posts for your front walkways and well lighting bordering your backyard paths are beautiful and functional.
  • Mood lighting. Modern outdoor lighting comes with many options. Talk to your outdoor lighting installer about dimming and automatic options for your lights. Create a soft light for romantic evenings or brightness for family gatherings.

Don’t settle for boring patio flood lights for your outdoor area. Talk to your local landscape company that offers aesthetic lighting options to give your home a beautiful glow at night. You may be surprised at what can be achieved with a few strategically placed lights for an enhanced outdoor living space.

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Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 649-0818

Landscape Lighting for Beauty, Fun, and Safety

Landscape lighting can be used to highlight natural and man-made features in your yard to add to the natural beauty of your yard.

There are literally thousands of designs, shapes, and wattage for outdoor lighting. Now it’s even possible to tie all your outdoor lighting into a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panel system with battery storage & backup to provide the electricity to power these landscape lighting, but that is an entire article by itself. Let’s just suffice it to say, the prices are coming down and it will pay for itself after a period of time.

Beauty

Landscape lighting can enhance the beauty of your favorite features with illumination after dark. Consider that big oak tree that provides shade in the daytime and holds that rope swing you added for the children when they were still young, or the heart arch fountain that you built for your wife on your anniversary. Such beautiful pieces of work should not be diminished by darkness, but should act as a showcase of your love for your family.

You’ve probably already considered how lining the walkways with LED lighting will enhance the beauty of those perennials your wife fusses over every day throughout the spring and summer, even though they’re basically weeds that will grow on their own without any care whatsoever.

Fun

What could be more fun than a well-lit tennis court/basketball court that you and the family have spent many hours not only constructing but playing on since you finally finished it. Many evenings the only noise in the backyard is the screech of tennis shoes and the pong of the ball off the court. Tennis is just so much more fun in the cool of the evening.

But, you have to admit some of the most peaceful evenings have been spent in that hammock, listening to the water trickle down that heart-shaped arch. It’s truly relaxing to watch the light’s reflection sparkle in the fountain’s pool, laid out below the arch.

Entertaining after dark in your well-lit backyard doesn’t miss a beat when darkness descends. The conversations and laughter continues as long as everyone has the energy to keep it going.

Safety

Safety is achieved as much as possible through a well-lit environment. There is less chance of slips, trips, and falls in your yard due to the landscape lighting. A well-lit yard may not keep away every intruder, but it is much more likely they will choose an easier target in a darker neighborhood.

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Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 609-4510

Make Your Outdoor Areas Safe with Outdoor Lighting

Have you ever stumbled up your walkway in the dark or tried to see your pet in your backyard at night? Once the sun goes down, navigating your outside areas near your home can be difficult and unsafe. It is very common for individuals to be injured when they cannot see where they are walking. Make your home safe day and night with quality outdoor lighting.

Add Walkway and Area Lights

The two main safety lights for homes are surrounding walking areas and general area lighting. These two types of lighting are the most practical in outdoor lighting, used mainly for safety and security, not aesthetics. However, there is no reason that lights that are functional cannot also be attractive.

For walkways, there are many options to illuminate both your front sidewalk leading to your home as well as any walkways in your backyard. Runway lights are a soft way to provide a lighted path, available in hardwired, plug in and solar options. You can also use lamp posts for more light surrounding walkways.

Area or flood lights are used to illuminate larger areas such as your porch, patio, driveway or backyard. These are great for providing safety when you have nighttime gatherings or the kids are playing outside at night. They are also used to increase security for your home, often with motion detectors to deter intruders.

Don’t let the long winter nights make your outdoor areas unsafe. Call your local landscape contractor that offers outdoor lighting installation to add walkway and area lights to your home. It will help increase your safety and security around your home at night.

Posted on behalf of:
Cunningham Landscape Group
Duluth, GA
(678) 942-6818

Add Safety and Security to Your Home with Outdoor Lighting

As the days get shorter and winter approaches, it is more important than ever to have adequate outdoor lighting at your home. At points during the winter it is dark more than it is light, making it necessary to add artificial illumination. While some lighting is used for ambiance and aesthetics, offering a warm glow, lighting for safety and security should have function as a top priority. Here are some tips for adding outdoor lights to improve your safety and security at home.

  • Light walk areas. Anywhere you need to walk should have lighting available. This includes walkways to both your front and back door, as well as to outdoor entertainment areas. Use motion detected lights for areas that are rarely used.
  • Security lights for vulnerable areas. To keep intruders at bay, set up motion-detected security lights at areas where someone could otherwise slip onto your property undetected in the dark.
  • Add remote access. Many advanced lighting systems now can be controlled through Wi-Fi, making it even easier to turn on or off your outdoor lighting as needed. This can allow you to override your timed lighting from wherever you are if needed, right from your smartphone or computer.
  • Bulbs. When installing lighting, consider that your bulbs will need to be changed. When possible, have lights installed where it is easy to access the bulbs. Also use long-life, energy-efficient bulbs for convenience and to save on energy costs.

To get your home ready for the long nights ahead, call your local landscaping contractor that offers outdoor lighting installation. They can help create a safe and secure system to light up the night for you and your family.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 360-5604

Benefits of Adding Outdoor Lighting

While almost everyone has some type of outdoor lighting at their homes, often it is just a small light by a doorway. There are many ways that outdoor lighting can improve the quality of your home, from adding aesthetic value to creating a safe, secure environment. Consider how adding more outdoor lighting can benefit your home and family.

Safety

One of the main reasons you need outdoor lighting is safety. If you are outside at night, you need a lighted path to find your way around. Pathway lights that show the way to the front and back doors, along with patio and porch lights, all are great ways to improve safety with proper outdoor lighting.

Security

Not only does outdoor lighting help you see where you are going at night, it helps you see anyone who is trying to come onto your property uninvited. Well-lit homes are less likely to be targets of burglars that often use the cover of night to do their criminal activities. Motion-detected flood lights are a good way to scare off would-be thieves.

Beauty

Outdoor lighting can be functional, but it can also be beautiful. Spot lights can be used to highlight water features such as waterfalls or ponds so that they can be enjoyed at night as well as in the day. There are many outdoor lighting options that can be artistically added to your landscape and patio design to increase the beauty of your outdoor living area.

For more ideas on how to best incorporate outdoor lighting around your home, consult a landscape designer that specializes in outdoor lighting. They can offer suggestions based on the safety, security and aesthetic needs for your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 609-4510

Lots of Options for Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting not only offers practical features, but it also makes it so you can enjoy the ambiance of your yard late into the evening hours.   Solar lights, low voltage lighting, spots lights and accent lights make outdoor lighting options virtually endless.  Here are some lighting ideas to discuss with your landscape professional to light up your yard.

  • It’s best to use strong lights to illuminate large areas, such as driveways and decks.  These lights come in various shapes and sizes and are normally powered by a 120-volt current.
  • To create warmth and to emphasize plantings, sculptures or water features, think of using smaller and less obtrusive lighting, such as accent lights, path lights and small floodlights.  Low voltage, solar and even battery powered lights are excellent ways to light up small areas.
  • Carefully placed spot lights are ideal to highlight a gazing ball, gorgeous tree or a pond’s waterfall.  Also consider using, lower intensity bulbs placed around an object at various distances and angle.  This type of lighting will highlight the feature without creating harsh shadows.
  • Low-voltage or solar lights make great path lights. The choice of an extremely decorative lighting fixture or a plainer type hardware varies depending on the purpose of the light.  An exquisite or unique lighting fixture itself can become a feature of the landscape.
  • If light is needed to highlight an area used for walking, such as a pathway or steps, the best route to go is to use low voltage or solar lighting.  These types of light are ideal for pathways as they cast small pools of light on the ground making a great guide for walking around the yard on dark nights.
  • To add a subtle emphasis consider a blue or green tinted light on decks and patios.  Solar lights now come in strings like Christmas lights and they can also be strung along decks or under patio umbrellas to provide light and ambiance.

There’s no end to the possibilities for illuminating a landscape and creating a nighttime haven!

Posted on behalf of:
Cunningham Landscape Group
Duluth, GA
(678) 942-6818

Light Up the Night with Landscape Lighting

Often outdoor lighting is added for practical reasons, like safety and security. While these are excellent reasons to add walkway lights, porch lighting or backyard floodlights, landscape lighting can offer other benefits. Installing outdoor lighting can increase your entertaining space for nighttime gatherings, while also adding beauty to your yard. This year, light up the night with strategically placed lighting.

Patio and Pool Lighting

Nothing beats relaxing with friends and family on the back patio on a summer night. Lighting up your patio and pool extends your entertaining time from day to night, making it safe for late night gatherings. Make sure to add enough lighting to illuminate steps, patio edges and other possible tripping points for your guests.

Night Time Beauty

Show off your landscape design, even in the dark, with spot lights aimed at your focal areas. Your water features and plant life can be appreciated in a new way with shadows and depth. Try using ground lights to beam the light upwards, paired with high-positioned lights to flood light at a downward angle. It can create a dramatic effect in your yard for those late nights on the patio.

Fire Features

Fire features are a great way to add sparkle to your patio at night, giving off the moving glow only fire can create. These are especially magnificent when added near a pool, waterfall or other water feature, playing off the water for a glimmering light show.

Your local landscape company can help you design and install lighting to add beauty and functionality to your backyard for this summer. Call them today to start planning the best way to light up your nights with beautiful landscape lighting.

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Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 609-4510

Brighten Your New Year with Outdoor Lighting

Long, dark winter nights can make you long for the brightness of summer. Still, winter is here to stay for at least a few more months. For your New Year’s resolution, why not decide to brighten your world with the addition of outdoor lighting on your property? Stop living in the dark and bring back the light!

Five Excellent Reasons to Add Outdoor Lighting

It’s not just the short days that make adding outdoor lighting a good idea; there are several good reasons to add lighting to your outdoor areas. Consider these five benefits:

  • Longer days. It may be night, but outdoor lighting lets you stay outside longer, lengthening your days.
  • Enhance features. Outdoor lighting can accent your pool, landscaping and water features, allowing you and your guests to enjoy them, even at night.
  • Increase safety. Stumbling around in the dark is dangerous. Light up your outside areas to make them safer for you and your family.
  • Add security. Adding lights to brighten your home can deter criminals and intruders. Keep your family and belongings secure with plenty of lights outside.
  • Beauty. There are many types of outdoor lighting that can add safety and security, all while creating a beautiful outdoor atmosphere for your home.

Outdoor lighting has come a long way, with many options available. Choose from timed, wired, wireless and even solar options, which all come with their own benefits. Many quality landscape companies offer outdoor lighting services to bring the light back to your home during those long winter nights. Talk to them today to get your outdoor lighting installed before the ball drops in 2015!

Posted on behaf of:
Lanier Yardscapes
Peachree City, GA
(770) 648-1385

 

Light Up Your Yard For Winter

With the days becoming shorter and shorter, now is a good time to consider adding extra outdoor lighting. Outdoor lights can be used to illuminate sidewalks and entrances, offering safety and security. Plus, lights can add a beautiful glow outside your home during those long winter nights. Before it gets any colder, now is the time to install your new outdoor lighting.

Choosing Your Outdoor Lights

There are several different types of lights to choose from, depending on how much light you need, where they will be installed and the size of your budget. There are also choices regarding the energy source, with outdoor lights coming in solar, battery-operated, hardwired and plug-in varieties. First, decide what type of light you need.

  • Accent lights. Small accent lights which add a glow to highlight your landscaping offer little in the way of safety or security, but can brighten your yard and have a beautiful effect.
  • Path lights. Adding lights on either side of pathways or sidewalks is important for safety; choose from low, ground-level lights or larger standing fixtures, both of which can be installed along your walkways.
  • Security lights. To add bright light for safety and security around your home, flood lights are the most common option. Many of these can be set on a timer or switch, while others are light or motion sensitive.

To get the most out of your lighting, talk to your local landscaper about ways to incorporate lighting into your outdoor areas. They can offer suggestions and install your lighting for you, ensuring that your outdoor lights will add safety, security and beauty to your outdoor areas.

Posted on behalf of Champion Lawn Care