Landscape lighting will highlight the positive features of your home exterior and welcome buyers to your door. Outdoor lighting can make your home stand out at night by accentuating the positive features of your house and garden.
It'll surely attract the attention of those “drive-by” buyers who enjoy cruising through neighborhoods at night to check out houses before committing to a viewing.
A well-lit home is essential for safety, security, function, and aesthetic reasons.
Be sure to analyze the landscape and architecture of your home in order to create the most effective outdoor lighting. A well-planned outdoor area will include a variety of lighting types for different functions.
Landscape lighting will extend the time you can enjoy the outdoors and will add interest and beauty to your home design. If finances are limited, simply adding a few lights to the front of the house can increase the curb appeal of your home. Flank your front door or garage with wall sconce lighting, or hang a decorative lantern off to one side. Double door entries look better with two outdoor lighting fixtures, one on each side.
Water features, like fountains, fish ponds or bubbling brooks look very elegant with night lighting. Drape rope or string lighting around the eaves or rails of your front porch.
Use spot lights to accent sculptural elements in the landscape, like statues, birdbaths, or beautiful trees. If your landscape is bare, display lighted planters on each side of the entry or along the sidewalk. Downlighting is typically placed up high, for instance; in a tree, the eaves of a house, in the top of a trellis, a patio, or gazebo.
Downward flood lighting is often used to illuminate large spaces for safety and security reasons. Uplighting draws attention to the trees, by enhancing their color and texture in this nightscape. This form of night-scaping is commonly used to draw attention to beautiful trees, interesting architectural features, garden walls, fences, or the textures of stone or brick on the exterior of a home.
For instance; shadows created on bare tree branches in the winter can often have an eerie skeletal effect, so beware of what you're trying to highlight. Up-light fixtures inserted in the ground among tall shrubs, trees, bamboo and grasses presents a luminescent light. Accent lighting allows you to draw attention to and highlight a specific feature or object in the yard.
Underwater accent lighting is used to draw attention to water features like, fountains, koi ponds, and swimming pools.
Don't go overboard by placing lights in "soldier-like" rows along each side of a path. Placing path lights near flowers and plants will add texture and color to your nightscape.
Wall lights, floodlights, and spotlights can be used to achieve this soft glowing effect. Low-voltage outdoor lighting offers a soft romantic light that works well for outdoor parties at night, for highlighting trees, artwork, gardens and most other landscape features.
If you install high-voltage outdoor lighting, be sure that you place it where it won't glare into your neighbor’s windows at night! High-voltage lighting should be installed by a professional, because it may require putting in a new circuit system and must be up to code. Insert small ground lights into large flower pots on the front porch. Hang lanterns or old mason jars filled with glowing candles from trees, your porch, trellis or around a patio.
String LED lights around tree trunks, decks or porch railings, umbrella or flag poles. Create an attractive outdoor room by setting your patio table with dinnerware, lanterns, candle-filled mason jars or candles.
Hang Chinese lanterns in bright cheerful colors around your outdoor dining area or gazebo.
Scissors, hole punching device, paper bags, sand, votives candles in glass containers. With scissors or a hole punching device, make cut-outs in your flattened out paper bags. Open the bags and and fill the bottom with enough sand to safely nestle glass-encased voltive candles in.
Light your luminarias right before an open house; home buyers will be charmed by this quaint custom of greeting visitors. You don't want to be those people with the bright lights shining in the neighbor's bedroom windows at night-- nightscaping should be used in moderation.
Don't place post or ground lights where they will get knocked over by a lawn mower.