When it comes to outdoor lighting, it may seem like there are two options: sunlight or moonlight. But sometimes, the moon isn’t bright enough. Thankfully, there’s a solution: nightscape lighting. There are many reasons to install this lovely addition to your yard, from greater security to a more gentle ambiance.
Decks, patios, and gazebos are wonderful places to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Unfortunately, when the sun goes down, we usually migrate back into the house. Why put limitations on your yard just because the sun’s gone to bed? With outdoor landscaping lights, you can have enough light to read, chat with friends, and see clearly when you do decide to retire for the evening. This could be strings of lights or strategically placed lanterns. The bulbs can be a warm traditional yellow or multicolored for a more magical look. The possibilities are endless – it really comes down to what you want for your outdoor space.
You’d think that of all the places on earth, you know your home better than anywhere else. And yet, we still can trip, bang our toes, or misstep. When we travel high traffic areas like walkways, sidewalks, entryways, or even through the garage in the dark, we can risk injuring ourselves and putting any guests at risk. With landscape lighting, you and your visitors can have peace of mind knowing they can find their way to the house, to the car, or anywhere in between. This is especially important if you have an in-ground pool. The last thing you need is for someone to fall into the water that they didn’t realize was there.
We also need to address the security factor. Even if you’re spending the evening in, landscape lighting can provide an added sense of security. North Georgia Lawn can place motion detectors throughout the property so areas like entryways can be instantly illuminated, giving you peace of mind. These motion sensors can be controlled with a switch, so you can turn it off when you’ve got company over so that your guests don’t set off the security lighting. Small lights throughout the yard keep you and your family safe from trips and falls, and larger, brighter floodlights will keep your property secure. And while it’s not a guarantee against trespassers or break-ins, a blinding light has certainly deterred people. The last thing someone who’s up to no good wants is to have attention drawn to them.
Many outdoor lighting options are either solar-powered or rely on LED bulbs, which means you won’t gawk at the energy bill each month. Solar-powered lights and lanterns will collect their energy during the day – you don’t have to flip a switch, press a button, or point a remote! They’ll do their thing and illuminate your yard beautifully. Plus, they’ll automatically detect when to turn on so they can extend their power through the evening. And if you go with an LED option, you can expect those bulbs to last about 25,000 hours at least. And if the energy savings weren’t enough: LED bulbs do not attract bugs because they do not emit infrared light! Pretty neat!
There’s a story about Henry Ford and his first Model-T. The story goes that Ford remarked: “You can have any color you want, so long as it’s black.” LED bulbs were much the same when they were first introduced. The only choice you had was a bluish “natural” light that mimicked the sun. Not a great option for subtle outdoor lighting unless you wanted a floodlamp for security purposes. LEDs have come a long way since then. As mentioned earlier, you can have multicolored bulbs for a bit of whimsey. Or bulbs with multiple brightness settings – ideal for an outdoor dining space. You can even have bulbs that mimic the flicker and movement of the candlelight. This is a popular option for lantern-style lighting fixtures.
The versatility of outdoor lighting is truly marvelous and can be adapted to any space, from flower beds to patio areas. In addition to providing safety around a pool area, you can even use outdoor lighting to illuminate the water itself, creating a blue glow that will make your pool parties the talk of the block. Or maybe you’d like to add some lighting strips under stone stairs so that you and your guests can see where you’re going without spoiling the look of the yard. It’s like dining in a restaurant: you need enough light to read the menu, but not enough that it ruins the atmosphere. You don’t want to be the person that uses their phone flashlight to read the menu. With this attitude in mind, you don’t want to ruin the atmosphere of the evening by turning on glaring lights.
Whether you’re planning on staying in your home forever or planning to sell it, curb appeal plays a major role in the price of your home. In fact, it can affect a home’s selling price by as much as 14%. People want to feel comforted and invited when they step onto a property. Charming Edison bulbs, lanterns, or built-in hardscape lighting can sway their opinion in your favor.
Give your landscaping some illumination this summer! At North Georgia Lawn, we provide nightscape outdoor lighting design and installation. Whether you know exactly what you’d like or need some help getting started, our team’s got you covered. Start turning your dream backyard into reality – call (678) 508-0050 to speak to a representative, or you can leave us a message online. Be sure to check out our monthly blog for more tips on lawn care and ideas for landscaping. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest deals and offers!