- Enhance unique or notable architectural features;
- Increase security and safety measures; and
- Create balance with an existing landscape lighting design
A dark garage can be an easy target for thieves. Adding some light will not only help deter intruders, but it can also make a significant difference in boosting curb appeal. In this post, you will find garage lighting ideas to enhance nighttime curb appeal and increase security.
Garage lighting ideas to enhance nighttime curb appeal and increase security:
Showcase Your Home's Best Architectural Features
When the garage is a prominent feature of a home's curbside view, it can greatly benefit from landscape lighting. Instead of mounting coach lights to the exterior of the home, consider up-lighting the columns to showcase the beautiful stone or brickwork. Light is naturally more appealing and creates interest when it shines from the ground up. You'll love the unique nighttime curb appeal and how it creates a welcoming first impression for your guests.
This technique works best if we can place the fixtures before pouring the concrete. If your concrete work is done, we can likely core drill into the concrete and then install fixtures. Our experienced team can provide you with options to help you achieve this look. We also work with your builder, architect, or contractor to coordinate the details and arrange the install.
Dress up Dormers
Dormers often go overlooked. However, proper dormer lighting adds an element of height by elongating the house. It creates another layer of light, accentuating the aesthetics of the property.
We recommend discussing how you use the inside dormer space with your designer as not to interfere with anyone's sleep. We mount fixtures at the gutter line and then adjust the light to shine on the dormer. Learn more about how we illuminated the dormers and garage doors.
Increase Garage Security & Safety Measures
The garage is a common entry point of the home. We all want to feel safe and secure as we are arrive or leave home. Installing garage lighting is one measure you take to increase security and deter break-in attempts. It also increases visibility to the area for you and your guests. More tips for assessing your home's security lighting.
Proper lighting makes the garage area much safer for you and your family. And if you happen to forget to shut the garage door at night, criminals will most likely avoid entering a well-lit area.
If you have a detached garage, you might consider adding light to the path you take from your garage into your home.
In the photo above, we used a few different techniques to illuminate the garage columns (up lights and downlights) and nearby trees (up lights).
Balance Existing Lighting
The garage is often considered a separate entity. However, you'll want an overall look that works in harmony with existing lighting to provide a welcoming curbside view. Lighting the garage can help your design achieve a balanced look.
Here, fixtures were installed into the soffit of the house, illuminating the unique aspects of the garage doors, and adding to the curb appeal. We used this technique in combination with dormer lighting in a previous photo. We go into more details in this post.
As you can see, there are several different ways you can light a garage to increase safety, security, and beauty. For a comprehensive lighting design to enhance the unique features of your garage, schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced lighting designers. You'll love coming home every evening to a warm and inviting atmosphere.
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