As the seasons change and evenings become cooler and longer, we begin relying on our home’s outdoor lighting more and more. Have you considered the type of lighting you will need and want for your new custom home? While it’s natural to focus on style, size, and color of light fixtures, it is also important to consider lighting for both safety and enhancement.
Functional lighting is essential for safety around your home. First and foremost, your home’s driveway, garage, entries, and walkways should be illuminated to provide a well-lit path not only for your home’s occupants but also for guests. Although these lights serve a necessary purpose, there are many styles and finishes to choose from which add curb appeal to your home.
Secondly, a well-lit home provides a level of security by allowing your home to appear occupied, even when it is not. Outdoor lighting – from floodlights to entryway fixtures – can be fitted with light, time, or motion detectors. These detectors make outdoor lighting effortless, and your attention to turning lights on and off unnecessary.
Also known as landscape lighting, decorative lighting can provide function as well, but it is most often placed to enhance your home’s aesthetic. Landscape lighting around a deck, patio, pool or any outdoor living area can highlight those spaces, making evening entertaining safer and more pleasant. Vertical lighting, or “uplighting” – particularly when utilized to illuminate a garden feature or wall – is another way to add flair and appeal to your home’s exterior.
As with functional lighting, there are many style options of decorative lighting available, including solar-powered lights, which save energy and money.
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