When correctly designed and installed, landscape lighting can significantly boost the nighttime curb appeal and increase the security of your home and property. Adding lighting to the garage area, which is a prominent part of the residence, will help:
- 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.
Here are some garage exterior lighting ideas to enhance nighttime curb appeal and increase security:
Lighting the Architectural Features of the Garage
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, consider up-lighting the columns to showcase the beautiful stone or brickwork. Light shining from the ground up is naturally more appealing and creates interest. You'll love how it provides nighttime curb appeal and creates a welcoming first impression for your guests.
At McKay Lighting, we think this technique works best when you install the fixtures before pouring the concrete. If your concrete work is complete, we can core drill into the concrete and then install fixtures too. When you work with our experienced team, we will let you know your options to help you achieve this look. If it involves working with your builder, architect, or contractor, we work with them to coordinate the details and arrange the install.
Accentuate Garage Dormers with Outdoor Lighting
Dormers can often get overlooked. However, proper garage 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 lighting designer as not to interfere with anyone's sleep. At McKay, 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 with Outdoor Lighting
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 lighting outside of the garage is one measure you take to increase security and deter break-in attempts. It also increases visibility in the area for you and your guests. Click HERE for more tips for assessing your home's security lighting.
When you have proper lighting outside of the garage makes the 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 trying to enter a well-lit garage area.
If you have a detached garage, you also might consider lighting the path you take from your garage into your home for additional safety. In the photo above, we used a few different techniques to illuminate the garage columns (up lights and down lights) and nearby trees (up lights).
Exterior Garage Lighting to Create Unified Design
The garage is often considered a separate entity of the home. 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 you achieve a balanced look.
At the property above, we installed fixtures into the soffit of the house to highlight the unique aspects of the garage doors and enhance the curb appeal. Sometimes we use this technique in combination with dormer lighting mentioned earlier. In this post, we go into more detail about these two techniques.
Ready for exterior garage lighting that complements your home?
As you can see, there are several ways you can light the exterior of a garage to increase safety, security, and beauty. At McKay Landscape Lighting, our designers will develop a comprehensive lighting design to enhance the unique features of your garage. You can schedule a free consultation online with one of our experienced designers or give us a call at 1 (402) 289-3424. You'll love coming home every evening to a warm and inviting atmosphere.
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Located in Omaha, McKay Landscape Lighting services Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota areas, including Lincoln, Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Des Moines, Kearney, the surrounding areas and beyond.