As homeowners, we put a lot of time and energy into our home. From mowing the lawn and trimming the bushes to sprucing up the exterior and making improvements, these are very visible enhancements - except they all fade into the dark when the sun sets.
Strategically placed outdoor lighting can enhance the nighttime beauty of a home by highlighting its distinct features while increasing security, and transforming your outdoor areas. Learn more about the top benefits outdoor lighting brings to a home:
Enhanced Beauty & Curb Appeal:
The most common reason homeowners invest in outdoor lighting is for its aesthetically pleasing beauty. When professionally installed, light can increase a home's evening curb appeal. Perhaps you have noticed when you drive through a neighborhood at night. Without light, you cannot see a home's features or landscaping. It gets lost in the dark. While perfectly illuminated homes stand out, you may notice how the lighting elegantly enhances architectural and landscaping features.
Increase Home Security:
Most homeowners initially invest in outdoor lighting because they are drawn to the beauty it brings. Not long after, they realize the security element that comes with a properly installed system. Lighting the exterior of your home is the number one thing you can do to increase its security and discourage unwelcome intruders. Security lighting doesn't need to be harsh or startling to be effective.
Increase Home Safety:
If you entertain or spend time outside after dark, then lighting your walkways, paths, steps, and stairs will decrease the chance you, a family member, or a guest will trip or fall.
Extend Use of Outdoor Living Spaces:
Many homeowners have a enjoy spending time on their deck or patio, grilling outdoors, or late night swims in their pool. If you want to extend the use of your outdoor living space after the sun has set, outdoor lighting is essential for continued enjoyment. You'll use your outdoor areas more often, and you can relax in the safety of seeing what you are doing.
Provides Year-Round Enjoyment:
As the seasons change, the lighting element remains constant, bringing different illumination effects with each season. How the light shines up onto the fresh snowfall on the evergreens during the winter is a different experience from when everything is just blooming in the spring.
Ease of Use:
A professionally installed system can be set up to turn on and off automatically, so you don't have to worry about it. Also, most dedicated landscape lighting companies have a service team or offer ongoing service programs to ensure your system continues to perform year after year, making it easy for you, the homeowner.
In summary, a well-executed outdoor lighting design can enhance and emphasize the distinct features of your home or property, casting it in the best possible light while adding an abundance of curb appeal, security, safety, and enjoyment. A professional landscape lighting company will consider lighting for both beauty and security; not everyone has this skill. Download our hiring guide to help you find a professional in your area!
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We’ve been in the landscape industry since 1987, becoming a dedicated landscape lighting firm in 1992. Our team has years of experience creating and installing unique and elegant outdoor lighting designs, and providing maintenance and repair services to homes and businesses across the nation. Our award-winning company has been voted Best of Omaha and Best of Houzz by the community.
Located in Omaha, McKay Lighting services Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota areas, including Lincoln, Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Des Moines, Kearney, the surrounding areas and beyond.