With the days beginning to grow shorter, outdoor lighting is a great way to accent your home for the Fall season. Illuminating lights shining through branches of trees, plants and washing softly over walkways are a great way to liven up homes as the days become shorter. Low voltage solar lights can do wonders for a home and landscape.
Outdoor lighting, not only adds to appearance, but it can be an aid in security and crime prevention. Although, the main reason for outdoor lighting is not security. Security systems can have brighter lights that come on, in case of a possible break in to your home. Subtle lighting can give a home an inviting, soft and mellow appearance.
Too much lighting can make your home look like a parking lot or airport runway. However, the right amount can bring out the best features in your home. You do not want to light up your whole yard. consider illuminating the most important focal points of your home.
If you decide to place them along your walkway, place them at steps or stairways. Seniors will appreciate this. Lights located at sharp turns can also be helpful.
Expenses for outdoor lighting depends on several factors. How much can you budget for, using a lighting professional and the type of lighting system you want to put in will determine your expenses. The cost runs from not much to a whole lot, starting with individual solar lights for as little as $3 to $5 apiece. A DIY low-voltage kit, depending on quality and the number of lights it includes, can be purchased for less than $50, including a transformer and light sensor. A do-it-yourself-er also can purchase the components separately; for example, four high-quality lights, a transformer with capability to expand the system and wire for $500. And a professionally designed and installed layout with the highest-quality components and best warranties probably will cost $1,000 and up. You can find outdoor lighting at Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Once the lights are installed, you monthly bill will not be that much. If you go with solar energy, it is free.
There is an art to landscaping with lights. You need to know what to accent, how and where to aim them. Do you want a single beam, several or just a soft spread of light? Do you want to up light, down light, spotlight, silhouette or create shadows? All of these need to be considered, when putting in outdoor lighting.
Keep in mind, outdoor lighting is to showcase the structure and features of your home, not the lighting itself. It can bring out the best of your home during the Fall season. Follow this one rule, and you won’t go wrong.
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